A LIFETIME OF FIGHTING FOR US!
A LIFETIME OF FIGHTING FOR US!
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Affordable housing for all
Bob has a 3 part plan for bringing back faith-based shelters, creating community advisory boards to help those on the brink of homelessness and guaranteeing 15% affordable housing in all new developments within areas zoned R6 or higher. You can read more about it here.
Rikers Island closing
Bob is opposed to his opponent’s plan to close Rikers Island in favor of smaller community jails, believing that dangerous criminals are better off housed on an island and not near schools and homes. The problems of Rikers will not be properly addressed by simply moving them elsewhere.
104 Precinct staffing issues
The 104th Precinct is understaffed and there is too much real estate for them to cover. As council member, Bob will continue to advocate for a satellite precinct as well as more staffing.
Glendale homeless shelter
Bob created a coalition of local civic organizations and businesses to raise money to fight the proposed homeless shelter on Cooper Avenue in Glendale. A lawsuit was filed on behalf of the community, and the DOB rescinded certain permits. Bob also discovered the storage of hazardous chemicals next to the property. The project has been staved off thus far for 3 years and no construction has taken place.
Glendale Homeless Shelter Rally Videos
Maspeth homeless shelter
Bob is a leader in the fight to stop the Maspeth Holiday Inn Express from becoming a homeless shelter. Protests, road trips and a lawsuit were part of the effort that caused the city to alter their original plan for a permanent 220-adult shelter. A few rooms are being rented out on a nightly basis and the de Blasio administration has changed its policies regarding the placement of shelters based partly on the protests.
Maspeth Homeless Shelter Rally Videos
Improved public transportation
Getting around our neighborhoods via public transportation is not easy. As council member, Bob will advocate for better bus service. A proposal has been put forth for an express bus for Maspeth, which Bob supports. Also, the $500K that Bob’s opponent spent on a study for an infeasible light rail could be better spent on increasing the frequency of local bus service and the $2.5B that de Blasio wants to spend on a Brooklyn-Queens trolley should instead be used to fund the MTA.
Maspeth High School
What has been happening at Maspeth High School since its opening is a travesty. Local children who can walk to the school and put them down first have been frozen out while children from outside the area have been accepted. Bob plans to introduce legislation that will guarantee that students throughout the city will gain admission to their closest school should they list them as their top choice.
Thanks to the efforts of a group of volunteers led by Robert Holden, information was collected and turned over to the Department of City Planning to assist their staff in downzoning large swaths of Maspeth, Glendale and Middle Village. Bob is now pushing for a zone that would protect 1-family rowhouse areas such as those around Juniper Valley Park and on the Plateau area of Maspeth.
Queens does not have a full service animal shelter and therefore residents must travel to Brooklyn or Manhattan to adopt from the ACC. This discourages adoption and contributes to overcrowding of shelters. A priority of Robert Holden’s is to hold the City accountable for constructing a shelter in Queens. Bob also supports Intro 506 which allows a rental tenant to keep a companion animal in his/her home for the duration of a rental tenant’s occupancy, and not just for the lifetime of the harbored companion animal. He also plans to introduce legislation that would support the creation of a food bank for pets whose owners have fallen on hard times and supports tax breaks for pet shops that adopt out on behalf of the ACC.
Protection of the Ridgewood Reservoir
Bob has been a member of the coalition aiming to prevent the destruction of the natural environment of the Ridgewood Reservoir basins dating back to 2007.
Truck bypass/enforcement & opposition to the Cross Harbor Tunnel
The Grand Avenue Truck Bypass was the brainchild of Frank Principe and Tony Nunziato, and was supported wholeheartedly by Robert Holden. Bob, as council member, will request more enforcement from the NYPD and DOT.
Bob has been on the front lines against a plan by Congress Member Jerrold Nadler and railroad interests to build a tunnel under New York Harbor and an accompanying intermodal train-truck facility in West Maspeth which would bring tens of thousands more trucks to local streets.
There are many intersections within Council District 30 that need attention from the NYPD and DOT to make them safer. Bob has compiled a list of them and is working with these agencies to better protect pedestrians.
Robert Holden was honored by the Historic Districts Council for his work in preserving St. Saviour’s Church of Maspeth and has worked out an agreement with All Faiths Cemetery to rebuild it on donated land there. He is also in favor of expanding historic districts throughout the district.