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TIMES Published for the Borough of Queens VOLUME 21, NO. 5 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2016 25 CENTS TV/Radio Host Support Our Troops Wear Blue Every Friday Point of View What You Need to Know About Winter Driving Winter can be an especially perilous time to be on the roads. Snow, ice, fog and longer nights present challenges to drivers that can lead to crashes. People do less driving in winter, yet we have more crashes per mile driven. Some 10,780 people were killed in car crashes between December and March in 2013 -- fully one-third of the total for each year. Non-fatal collisions also occur with greater frequency in winter months. You may be an ace behind the wheel when the sun is shining and roads are dry, but driving in winter weather can be a different story. Drivers need to recalibrate and adjust their driving for winter road conditions. “Travel can be treacherous when roadway surfaces are compromised during winter storms,” says Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council (NSC). “The good news is that in-vehicle technologies can help drivers by providing advance warnings and preventing loss of control.” NSC and the University of Iowa recently partnered to (Continued on page 2) Vallone Receives National Register Plaque QUEENS Van Bramer, NYC DOT, & NYC DDC Announce the $30 Million LIC/Hunters Point Reconstruction Project as Part of the City’s Vision Zero Initiative Citywide On February 1st, New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, Department of Design and Construction Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora, and the Department of Environmental Protection, announced the Long Island City/ Hunters Point area-wide reconstruction project as part of the City’s Vision Zero initiative to end injuries and fatalities on neighborhood streets. “This $29.6 million investment (Continued on page 2) Sen. Peralta Distributes Winter Coats To Local Organizations Representatives of the Broadway- Flushing Homeowners’ Association recently delivered a bronze plaque purchased by City Councilman Paul Vallone who plans to proudly display it in his 19th District office in Bayside.The plaque signifies the placement of (Continued on page 5) Pictured above at the Winter Coat Drive held in Jackson Heights were District Leader Barbara Jackson, Assembly Member Michael DenDekker, NYS Senator Jose Peralta, Assembly Member Aravella Simotas, not pictured Rep. Joseph Crowley and many from local community and faith-based organizations. See story on page 2. One Edition for ALL of Queens! Visit our website at

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