Tag Archive: Auburndale

Feb 14 2014

Losing a leader; Iannece’s term ends as CB chair

IanneceJerry Iannece, chairman of CB 11 and former candidate for City Council and State Assembly, will be giving up his volunteer post due to mandated term limits.

It’s rather unfortunate that we have term limits on the local level particularly in this case when good people whom actually do a great job in this volunteer role and yet there are no term limits on the state level where incompetent  legislators can collect a public salary and run again and again.

When anyone is in power for a long time, they get comfortable and complacent. We need new ideas and fresh perspectives, but Iannece was an exception to this rule and has overseen many successful projects including the remediation of Oakland Lake. He was always on call and knowledgable about local issues and he wasn’t on the public dime.

It’s not likely he’ll step too far away from this, after all activism and a desire to serve never really go away but it’s still sad to see an effective leader have to step down when state legislators can run again and again. Surely it’s comparing apples and oranges – bringing into question a whole bunch of upstate vs. downstate organizational procedure, but if a great volunteer community board chairman like Jerry Iannece has to step down then so should our Assemblymembers and Senators, good or bad.

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Nov 03 2011

Halloran Delivers Ultimatum To Risky Business

Halloran says he's had enough, so has Auburndale. It's true.

City Council Member Dan Halloran is counting to three.    1, 2, 3.

On October 31, Queens Politics reported on a slanted Daily News article reminiscent of a campaign hatch job. We pointed out that a  quality of life issue was buried in a report that pigeonholed  City Council Member Dan Halloran as ‘hot headed.’

Star Nissan in Auburndale has a nefarious reputation for burning the midnight oil literally and figuratively.

The public agreed. Dan did the right thing by giving Star Nissan a piece of all of our minds.

For his colorful remarks, “I’m not fucking joking!”,  said Dan, the critics dubbed him “Hollerin’ Halloran.”

Dan wasn’t phased by the name calling and shrugged it off like dirt from his shoulder.

Today, the Councilman issued a “Good Neighbor Deadline” to bring Star Nissan in full compliance with City regulations. Read the details in the press release.

Finally we’re going to get some sleep!

“The time for talk is over.  It’s time for action” -Dan Halloran

Press Release:

Halloran Sets “Good Neighbor Deadline” for Star Nissan/Toyota

Auburndale has waited ten years for Star Nissan/Toyota at 40-20 172nd Street to play by the rules and respect its neighbors.  Council Member Dan Halloran (R-Auburndale) is tired of waiting.“I am setting a ‘good neighbor deadline’ of Nov. 15 for Star Nissan/Toyota to be in full compliance with the City’s regulations,” Halloran said.  “If Star does not have its act together by the ‘good neighbor deadline,’ there will be consequences.  The City has coddled this misfit business for too long.  The time for talk is over.  It’s time for action

Halloran’s demands include that Star close its windows and doors at all hours, per the City’s zoning laws; install a ventilation system in accordance with the Administrative Code; and cease parking over 44 vehicles on its lot, in violation of its certificate of occupancy.  The Council Member’s office has received hundreds of constituent complaints regarding the business, and the business has outstanding violations from the Department of Buildings and Department of Environmental Protection.

Per City law, the business must provide one parking spot for every 10 employees.  According to their own statement in this week’s Bayside Times, the service center employs 200 workers, meaning Star Nissan/Toyota must provide and mark 20 spaces for employees.  The lack of employee parking has resulted in the excess of cars on the lot.  In the same article, a Star Nissan/Toyota employee admitted the doors were all in working order, but said that the front door needed to remain open for the 60 to 100 cars the station services each day.

Halloran has met several times with the owner of Star, who personally promised the Council Member that the business would keep its doors and windows closed when not servicing a vehicle.  While attending a recent ribbon-cutting on the same block, Halloran observed the business operating with all its doors and windows open, entered the business, and informed the employees — in no uncertain terms — that such continued behavior was not acceptable.

A Star Nissan/Toyota employee recorded video of Halloran’s message on a cell phone, then gave that video to the New York Daily News.  But the Council Member’s voice is barely audible over car alarms blaring in the background — just another noise violation by Star, this one conveniently caught on video by its own employee.

“Star lied to me, just like they have lied to Auburndale for a decade,” Halloran said.  “If I don’t put my foot down now, I know they will continue to lie, ignore City regulations and abuse their neighbors.”

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Oct 31 2011

Dan Halloran Speaks Up For The Neighborhood

“I’ll park every fucking city agency down here for the rest of fucking two years.”  “I’m not fucking joking. Either these doors stay closed, top to bottom, all the fucking time or we’re gonna have a problem! This is the last time we have this conversation!” These comments were the focus of a Daily News article that lost sight of a serious quality of life issue.

An article in the The Daily News tried to pigeon hole Councilman Dan Halloran as “hot-headed.”

Sounds like a case of gotcha journalism. The article published on October 29th titled, ‘Councilman lashes out with curse-filled rant at Queens auto business’ lost sight of a serious quality of life issue behind the clever headline.

The Star Nissan Dealership on 172nd St in Auburndale has been the subject of serious concern at  civic organizations. Residents are fed up with the lack of parking, the screaming car alarms and the pneumatic air drills that pierce your eardrums at 4AM.

The sounds of labor can be refreshing and it’s good to know people are hard at work but it’s also good to be able to get a full night’s sleep.

 

Dan Halloran tried to negotiate with the dealership on several occasions and last week he had enough of the runaround and lip service.  The Daily News article focused the  story on Dan’s self-described “NY dressing down,” highlighting the demand for an apology for his comments in the first sentence. Elements of the story were arranged in such a way that uninformed readers could get the wrong impression. The article also used an unflattering picture of the Council Member and failed to adequately disclose the frustration of the neighborhood that manifested in Dan’s  colorful language.

Queens-Politics contacted Councilman Dan Halloran who had this to say,

“Star Nissan has abused our neighborhood for ten years, making noise 24/7 and ignoring complaints from neighbors and violations from the City.  Now I’m calling them out, and they have the gall to ask for an apology.  I don’t owe an apology to Star Nissan.  Star Nissan owes an apology to Auburndale.”

Maybe the reporter has never been to Auburndale? Hats off to the Council Member  for speaking his mind on behalf of the silent majority in the neighborhood.

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