Queens Lawmakers On The Move June 26, 2018

Queens County City Council News

Katz Announces Lineup for 2018 Katz Concert Series

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz (D), in partnership with the Kupferberg Center for the Arts and NYC Parks, yesterday announced the full schedule of the fourth annual “Katz Concert Series”, a slate of free outdoor concerts scheduled this summer at various locations throughout Queens.

“Summers are all about free concerts in the parks,” said Katz. “We’re delighted to continue the partnership and bring this concert series back for the families of Queens.”

The Katz Concert Series kicks off on Sunday, July 8 in Rockaway Beach, and runs through August 19 at other parks in College Point, Springfield Gardens, Far Rockaway, Bayside, and the campus of St. John’s University in Jamaica.

All performances are free admission, held rain or shine, and last approximately 90 minutes each. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets to these outdoor events.

The full schedule can be found below:

SUN JULY 8 AT 6:00PM – ROCKAWAY BEACH – ALIVE N’ KICKIN’ (cover band from the ‘60s to today) @ Rockaway Beach, Beach 94th Street and Shore Front Parkway in the Rockaways.

SUN JULY 22 AT 6:00PM – SPRINGFIELD PARK – DR. K’S MOTOWN REVUE (Motown cover band) @ Springfield Park, Springfield Boulevard between 146th and 147th Avenues in Springfield Gardens.

TUE JULY 24 AT 7:00PM – THE LAWN AT ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY – QUEENS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA @ St John’s University (Great Lawn), 8000 Utopia Parkway in Jamaica.

THU JULY 29 AT 6:00PM – MACNEIL PARK – TRAMPS LIKE US (Bruce Springsteen tribute band) @ MacNeil Park, Poppenhusen Avenue and 119th Street in College Point.

SUN AUGUST 5 AT 6:00PM – FORT TOTTEN – ALIVE N’ KICKIN’ (cover band from the ‘60s to today) @ Fort Totten, Totten Avenue at Cross Island Parkway in Bayside.

SUN AUGUST 12 AT 6:00PM – CROCHERON PARK – LADY AND THE VAMPS (Pop/Rock cover band) @ Crocheron Pak, 35th Avenue between Corbett Road and Cross Island Parkway in Bayside.

SUN AUGUST 19 AT 6:00PM – O’DONOHUE PARK – DR. K’S MOTOWN REVUE (Motown cover band) @ O’Donohue Park, Seagirt Boulevard and Beach 17th Street in Far Rockaway.

Addabbo Bill Extends City Solar Generating Tax Abatement

Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr.

State Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach, Ozone Park, Woodhaven, Glendale, Middle Village, Maspeth, parts of South Ozone Park, Ridgewood, Woodside, The Rockaways) recently saw the bill he co-sponsored giving city residents who install solar generating systems in their homes and buildings a coninuation in eligibility for a real property tax abatement to recoup some of their costs until March 15, 2021 pass the senate.

“Solar energy is an important component of our efforts to reduce our carbon foot print, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve our overall environment,” said Addabbo, a member of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee. “Encouraging residents and other property owners to make their buildings solar-friendly also has other benefits, such as reducing energy bills and helping to create more jobs in our growing ‘green’ economy.”

The Solar Panel Tax Abatement program was scheduled to sunset next March 15, 2019. The bill co-sponsored by Addabbo extends it to 2021. In New York City, owners of one, two and three-family homes are eligible for the tax abatements, as well as Class Two residential properties, which include buildings with more than three units, as well as condominiums and cooperatives. Class Four properties, including office buildings, factories, stores, hotels and lofts, may also participate in the solar panel tax abatement program.

Depending on individual costs, applicants who install eligible solar generating systems on their properties may receive a tax abatement limited to five percent of their expenditures, the amount of real property taxes payable in that tax year, or a flat cost of $62,500.

“This bill has also been approved by the State Assembly, and will be sent to Governor Cuomo for his final consideration,” said Addabbo. “I look forward to continued opportunities for local home and building owners to invest in solar generating systems and help our City create a cleaner and greener environment for all of us.”

For more information on the existing solar panel tax abatement program, residents may visit http://www.nyc.gov/html/gbee/html/incentives/solar.shtml.

Katz, Van Bramer Celebrate Opening New Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park 

City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz (D) and City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Astoria, Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside) will be on hand tomorrow with city officials to cut the ribbon and celebrate completion of the second phase of Hunter’s Point South’s newly constructed 11- acre waterfront park, and vital infrastructure in Long Island City.

The project is part of the Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Housing New York ten-year plan. The development of the Hunter’s Point South’s seven total parcels is a multi-agency approach to neighborhood planning intended to revitalize a long-underused area of the neighborhood.

Once complete, the Hunter’s Point South development will create 5,000 units of residential housing, at least 60% of which will be permanently affordable to low, moderate and middle-income families.

The ribbon cutting is slated for 11 a.m., tomorrow, June 27 at 54th Avenue and Center Blvd. in Long Island City (Map).