From the Queens Chronicle:
Celebrating their first legislative breakfast, the United Community Civic Association invited a host of elected officials, civic leaders and administrators to participate in a roundtable discussion focusing on western Queens.
Rosemarie Poveromo, president of the UCCA, gave an opening speech about problematic issues that affect certain areas of Queens. “For almost two decades UCCA and myself has not hesitated to publicly and candidly address what we consider to be serious and unjust issues unique to Northwest Queens,” she said.
“Oversaturated, overwhelmed and environmentally abused and assaulted,” are the words Poveromo used to highlight this area of Queens County, which she also says has been happening “cumulatively and for years.”
Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) eased the audience and said that though tough times were ahead, northwestern Queens is going to pull through. He also cited land use as a key issue.
“We haven’t rezoned Astoria and North Western Queens in a major way since 1961,” he said, adding that the area’s charm must be protected. “It’s a reason that this neighborhood is the greatest in the world and a reason why everyone is trying to come here. It’s the character of our people and name. This new rezoning is going to protect that.”
Sounds similar to closing the barn door after the horse ran away.