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Kew Gardens Hills Home Owners Civic Association

For more than half a century, the Kew Gardens Hills  Civic Association, founded as the Queens Valley Homeowners Civic  Association in 1941, has served all Kew Gardens Hills residents by advocating on their behalf with government and other public service providers. At a time of a shrinking public treasury, KGHCA has made city services a priority. Public safety, sanitation, the infrastructure, streets and roads, libraries , parks and playgrounds are the keystones of the Association's efforts as KGHCA strives to ensure the quality of life that makes Kew Gardens Hills a prime Queens residential neighborhood. KGHCA is a membership organization and is dependent on dues for support. Annual dues are $18.00 and may be mailed to KGHCA at Box 670085, Kew Gardens Hills, New York 11367





Melinda Katz


Borough of Queens

September 4, 2014

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I hope all is well with you and that you’ve had a wonderful summer. As school begins for the hundreds of thousands of children around the Borough, I dropped my son off, as well, on his first day of public school. Mother and son were both very excited!

I also wanted to take this opportunity to pass along exciting news for the Borough of Queens. Every four years the City’s five borough presidents each prepare Strategic Policy Statements that summarize the most significant long-term challenges faced by our Boroughs, the policy goals related to these challenges and the proposed strategies for addressing these issues.

My office’s Strategic Policy Statement was submitted to the Mayor’s Office and the City Council. Highlights from this 138-page document organized under eighteen policy areas include discussions about:

·         Rockaway Ferry: The need to fund permanent Rockaway Ferry service to allow greater access to the peninsula and to provide Queens with an additional mass transit option;

·         Immigrants and Intercultural Services: Helping new immigrants by making services available in multiple languages and improving outreach so that culturally sensitive programming can be made available to all immigrant groups;

·         Tourism: My pledge to continue to promote Queens (“The World’s Borough”) as a major tourist destination with top-level attractions;

·         Economic Development: The need to encourage economic development by facilitating job training, welcoming start-up businesses, encouraging new technologies and helping small business owners navigate City regulations and take advantage of government procurement opportunities;

·         Housing: My commitment to address the impact of the housing shortage by securing additional funds for housing assistance and working to improve the enforcement of rules aimed at deterring people from creating illegal and substandard apartments;

·         Zoning: A continuing need to contextually rezone Queens neighborhoods to preserve their existing characters and to allow increased density only in appropriate locations where new housing should be developed;

·         Education: The need to solve overcrowding in Queens schools by convening the Queens Borough President’s Education War Room, a monthly meeting that brings the School Construction Authority and school superintendents together with my office to identify ways to reduce overcrowding and address other problems that can hinder our children’s education;

·         Parks: The importance of making sure Queens parks are adequately funded, upgraded and accessible for all to enjoy;

·         Public Safety: My support for a plan to improve police response times by creating a new police precinct that would serve part of the area now served by the 105th Precinct in eastern Queens.

The Office of the Queens Borough President is dedicated to making sure Queens is the best possible place to live, work and visit. This Strategic Policy Statement will guide our efforts to achieve these goals.

I invite you to read the entire document linked here. I also look forward to working with you over the weeks, months and years ahead as we strive to achieve our collective objectives on behalf of the people of “The World’s Borough.”



Melinda Katz


Borough of Queens




Kew Gardens Hills Homeowners Civic Association
At the Queens Civic Congress Luncheon Sunday, April 27th 2014 Atun's Caterers

Our Kew Gardens Hills Homeowners Civic Association was represented by our treasurer, Charles Henry and his Wife Josephine, and between bites Charles entertained those who attended the luncheon with his wonderful music. David Kulick, President of the Flushing on the Hill Civic Association although assigned to table 18, opted to sit with the KGHCA group at table 1. Norma Stegmaier member of the KGHCA board graced our table and last but absolutely not least our  President David Kirschner arrived a few minutes late but happily enjoyed his meal in fact he raved about it. I must comment that unlike some other luncheons this one was run by Richard Hellenbrecht and the speeches were short and to the point. Our new Borough President Melinda Katz brightened up the speakers table and our senior Senator Charles Schumer  told some stories about his biking through Queens and also presented a few awards.. Very interesting luncheon and it certainly could not be called boring.

Digital Photo by Jim Jaffe

Charles Henry, Treasurer KGHCA

Digital Photo by Jim Jaffe

L-R Jim Jaffe's Wife Wilma Jaffe,
David Kulick Pres. Flushing on the Hill Civic Asso.
Norma Stegmaier, KGHCA, Charles Henry, KGHCA and Wife
Josephine Flink, KGHCA President  David Kirschner

Digital Photo by Jim Jaffe

L-R Senator Charles Schumer, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer
 Executive VP QCC, Richard Hellenbrecht







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