2012-01-13 / Community

Turner Wants More Community Input

Congressman Bob Turner has sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo asking that he include Queens Community Board 10 members and local stakeholders in the planning process of the proposed convention center at the Queens Aqueduct Racetrack.

“I have sent a letter requesting the governor make sure that Queens Community Board 10 and local stakeholders are involved in the planning stages of this project. It would be in the best interest of the project to have those who know the area provide feedback as to what approach would be most beneficial to this massive undertaking,” Turner said.

The letter explains that this proposed site will create jobs and boost economic development for Queens and New York State. CB 10 has worked with local residents and agencies about existing concerns at the current Aqueduct Racetrack site, and would be an invaluable resource for those charged with developing the site. By including the community board and local stakeholders, it would streamline the planning process and save taxpayer dollars.

“Queens Community Board 10 is charged by the New York City charter to provide assistance on issues such as land use, budget, and city service delivery issues,” Turner said. “Seeing as they will be responsible for a lot of the issues that arise due to the project, they should be involved in the planning stages. Making sure Community Board 10 and other local stakeholders are involved in the process will only serve to help make this location the best possible convention site.”

Community Board 10 represents the neighborhood of South Ozone Park, where the proposed site will be.

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