2010-11-24 / Front Page

Astoria Civic Meets Public Advocate Bill de Blasio

BY DAN MILLER AND VICTORIA CANORE

Former students of Long Island City H.S. received  City Council Citations for their work with graffiti cleanup. City Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., (r), Angela Riccardo, Fasti Bianero, Chivos Charve, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (c), Sebrina Islem, Estemo Richard, Norma Herrer and former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr.

Photos by Victoria Canore/DMD IMAGESFormer students of Long Island City H.S. received City Council Citations for their work with graffiti cleanup. City Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., (r), Angela Riccardo, Fasti Bianero, Chivos Charve, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (c), Sebrina Islem, Estemo Richard, Norma Herrer and former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr. Photos by Victoria Canore/DMD IMAGESOn November 9, the Astoria Civic Association held its monthly meeting at Riccardo’s by the Bridge in Astoria. The special guest speaker for the evening was city Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.

Prior to de Blasio’s arrival former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr. spoke about the strength of Astoria as a community and acknowledged the work of the local 114th Precinct in preventing and cutting down crime in the area.

Peter Vallone introduced City Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. who recognized a group of youngsters by presenting each one with a New York City Council Citation for their work in graffiti removal that was conducted last year when they were seniors at Long Island City H. S.

The honored students are currently attending local colleges as freshmen and attributed their volunteer work on graffiti removal to helping them better appreciate and understand the value of personal property and the community in which they worked.

Following the awards ceremony Vallone proposed an idea he had for a new law. Vallone indicated that many people have become very conscious of their own health and safety and many of his constituents have asked what can be done about their concern for picking up germs in public bathrooms from door knobs, sinks etc.

Vallone suggested that there aught be a law to require all establishments with bathrooms to replace the current doors with swinging doors so one can push out with their elbows upon exiting eradicating the issue with picking up germs from the door knobs.

On another note Vallone Sr. spoke about the bedbug epidemic that has plagued our city. He suggested that New Yonkers take plastic bags with them to the movies and to remove their clothing when returning home as not to contaminate their homes.

He then introduced de Blasio who addressed his vision for the city that included making improvements in health, education, safety, city services, roads and transportation.

A question and answer session followed. 

Bill de Blasio and Vallone Sr. remained after the meeting to speak with attendees at the civic meeting.

 

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