2011-01-27 / Top Stories

A Blizzard Of Issues Discussed At C.B. 18 Meeting

By Jason Linetsky

Sen. Kruger voices — and shows — his outrage over last month’s slow response to snow cleanup in Brooklyn. Sen. Kruger voices — and shows — his outrage over last month’s slow response to snow cleanup in Brooklyn. Community Board 18’s Planning & Zoning Chairperson Jeffrey Rodus welcomed members to a special meeting last week prior to the induction of executives.

Following unopposed nominations made at the December meeting, Rodus welcomed back Saul Needle to the position as Chairperson, Phoebe Layne as First Vice Chair, Samuel Palmer to Second Vice Chair, and Michael Ien as Secretary.

Needle welcomed everyone back for another year of CB18 business then invited Dorothy Turano to run down her District Manager’s Report to begin CB18’s regular meeting.

Leading off the meeting, complaints and reports were heard concerning the December 26th blizzard cleanup, which was also discussed when the City Council held a public hearing the same night.

State Senator Carl Kruger voiced his outrage against a representative of the Department of Sanitation when he called the DOS after witnessing the emergency entrances of the Kings Highway and Brookdale Hospitals completely blocked by unplowed snow.

“They said East 34th Street isn’t high on the priority list because it’s a tertiary road,” Kruger said. “How is a hospital emergency dock not high on the priority list? The hospital needs ambulances and supply trucks to get into there! They had to carry people on gurneys over mounds of snow to get them into the emergency room.”

In addition to those medical centers, Senator Kruger said when he went to Maimonides Hospital he saw two city buses in an intersection that prevented a fuel truck from making a delivery to the hospital. Another truck was dispatched to make the delivery.

A hearing will be held tomorrow, January 28th, to discuss the possibility of P.S. 114 being phased out by the Department of Education into a charter school. State Senator John Sampson said he would attend and is scheduled to be joined by representatives from the proposed Charter School. Parents are encouraged to attend the 6 p.m. meeting to weigh in with questions and concerns.

It was also announced that plans are in the works for the former site of a gas station at Ralph Avenue and Avenue K to be transformed into a TD Bank branch.

The location south of the Floridian Diner at Flatbush and Utica avenues is scheduled to be a Walgreens store.

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