Ridgewood pol, others, take a knee

Photo courtesy the City Council Progressive Caucus on Twitter

Councilman Antonio Reynoso joined a group of his colleagues in taking a knee on the steps of City Hall yesterday, as a show of support for professional athletes that are protesting racial inequality and police brutality.

The protests, started last year by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, have drawn widespread criticism in recent weeks, especially by President Donald Trump, who has sent several tweets denouncing the practice of kneeling while the National Anthem plays.

Joining Reynoso was Brooklyn Councilman Brad Lander, who posted a lengthy statement on Facebook highlighting why the group took a knee.

“I feel compelled to #TakeAKnee today along with my colleagues, and with professional athletes who have had the courage to put their careers on the line in their struggle for racial justice,” he said. “Colin Kaepernick took a knee a year ago as a protest against the too-often repeated unjustified killing of unarmed civilians, largely African-American men, by police, without cause – and without accountability.”

EPA finalizes clean up of Ridgewood chemical site

The Environmental Protection Agency announced the final details of a $39.9 million remediation of the former Wolff-Alport Chemical Company superfund site on Irving Avenue in Ridgewood.

According to EPA, a study of the site revealed that several buildings as well as soil and sewers were contaminated with radioactive materials from past industrial activities.

While there is no immediate threat to nearby residents because of the agency’s past actions, the comprehensive plan addresses potential long-term risks through a combination of response actions, including permanent relocation of commercial businesses, demolishing contaminated buildings, excavating contaminated soil, and cleaning/replacing contaminated sewers.

“EPA is taking action to address the unacceptable risk posed by the radioactive material that remains at this site,” said Catherine McCabe, Acting Regional Administrator. “Through the Superfund, we will implement a permanent fix that will protect those who live and work in the area over the long term.”

The proposal calls for permanent relocation of six commercial businesses and the residents in one apartment above a business, demolition of all contaminated buildings on site, cleaning/replacing the contaminated sewers and excavation, removal and off-site disposal of an estimated 24,300 cubic yards of contaminated soil, sediment and debris.

To see the final plan in full, visit the EPA’s website. 

Firehouses, EMS stations collecting items for Puerto Rico

The City has identified 18 firehouses and EMS stations across the five boroughs where residents can donate diapers, baby food, batteries, first aid supplies and feminine hygiene products according to a joint release from Councilman Antonio Reynoso and Councilspeaker Melissa Mark Viverito.

For Ridgewood residents, the closest station sits on the border of Ridgewood and Bushwick:

Other stations in Brooklyn and Queens include:

Alternatively, those who wish to help out can text UNIDOS to 41444 and/or contact the Hispanic Federation, which has established its own Hurricane Relief Fund to aid those in Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria. For more info, visit http://hispanicfederation.org.

Roadwork resumes at Fresh Pond and Metro

The project to reconstruct the bridge deck over the Long Island Rail Road at Metropolitan Avenue and Fresh Pond Road is beginning again today.

According to the New York City Department of Transportation, in order to commence work, the contractor will be reducing the lanes of traffic on Metropolitan Avenue to one lane in each direction. Construction will take place behind a barrier located on the north side of the avenue.

Work had previously begun in February, but was temporarily halted due to the M train project. It’s estimated to be completed in March 2018.

See a diagram of the traffic detour below:

Cops release photo of suspect in fatal Ridgewood punch

Cops have released the photo and name of a suspect wanted for questioning in connection to a homicide in Ridgewood.

According to police, 56-year-old Hugo Moreta was allegedly involved in a dispute with two other individuals when one man punched him, causing Moreta to fall to the ground. EMS arrived at 1644 Decatur Street, outside the victim’s home, and transported him to Elmhurst Hospital. Moreta was pronounced dead on September 7.

Police are classifying the incident as a homicide and looking to speak with Carlos Santiago, a 36-year-old Brooklyn man, approximately 6’1″, 270 pounds in connection with the incident.

 

Ridgewood yoga studio to host hurricane benefit

All Yoga NYC, a Ridgewood-based yoga studio, is hosting a benefit for hurricane victims on Saturday.

All of the profits from the 60-min class, lead by Rachel Weathers, will be donated directly to families impacted by the storms.

The class, which is suitable for all experience levels, will be followed by meditation and a journaling exercise.

Tickets to the class are $25 and you can sign up at: http://allyoganyc.com/

How to find your polling place

New York City’s municipal primary election is today. If you’re not sure where to vote, the New York City Board of Elections has a handy tool where you just input your address and it will tell you where your polling place it. 

There are a slew of candidates in districts across the city at all levels. Take a full look at the candidates in every primary across New York City. 

Polling places opened today at 6 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. so make sure you get out and vote.

Ridgewood man allegedly killed by fatal punch

The Ridgewood man found conscious and bleeding from the mouth early Sunday morning has died from his injuries, police said early Friday.

According to police, 56-year-old Hugo Moreta was allegedly involved in a dispute with two other individuals when one man punched him, causing Moreta to fall to the ground. EMS arrived at 1644 Decatur Street, outside the victim’s home, and transported him to Elmhurst Hospital. He was pronounced dead on September 7.

Police are classifying the incident as a homicide. There have been no arrests and the investigation is ongoing.