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PAGE 8                                                     THE QUEENS TIMES                                    THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2024


          NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst Opens Wellness                                           Assemblyman Colton Sponsors
                           Center For Healthcare Heroes                                           Legislation to Extend Water Bill

           (Continued from page 7)   new Wellness Center, provid-  munity.”                                   Challenge Period
                                     ing our healthcare heroes with a       “I am so proud of the work Elm-
        with others, and a place to laugh  much-needed  space  to  unwind  hurst Hospital continues to do for        New York City homeown-  of limitations applied to utility
        together and also to be vulnerable  and decompress from their daily  the Queens community,” said New   ers who want to challenge the  customers throughout New York
        together. We are proud of all that  challenges.”           York State Assembly Member Jes-  amounts they are being billed for  State is six years, it only make
        the Center offers and I couldn’t be       “Elmhurst Hospital’s new H3  sica Gonzalez-Rojas. “From being   water usage and sewer fees may  sense that customers should have
        happier to hear supportive conver-  Workforce Wellness Center stands  a beacon of hope and example of   soon have some relief, thanks  that  period  of  time  to  dispute
        sations and connections happen-  as a beacon of care in our com-  resilience during the pandemic,   to legislation sponsored by As-  questionable charges.”
        ing in line for the coffee machine,  munity for the more than 6,000  to ensuring my own recovery,   semblyman William Colton (D—       One issue that has come into
        staff exhaling sitting in the mas-  dedicated medical professionals  the staff at Elmhurst Hospital   Gravesend, Bensonhurst, Bath  play is the shift from billing based
        sage chairs, and small groups  and hospital staff who provide us  are deserving of all the flowers,   Beach and Dyker Heights).  on frontage of a property to bill-
        sitting down in our comfortable  care,” said New York State As-  celebration and care. The opening        The legislation (A1374), which  ing based on meter readings; also,
        chairs reflecting together. We are  sembly Member Catalina Cruz.  of the Wellness Center serves as a   is currently being reviewed in  says Assemblyman Colton, there
        all in it together in healthcare, one  “I am grateful to Helen Arteaga  reminder that our dedicated hospi-  committee  in  the  New  York  is confusion around the Water
        team, one Elmhurst family, and it  Landaverde, CEO of NYC Health  tal staff and essential workers need   State  Assembly, would extend  Board’s leak forgiveness policy,
        is a privilege to get to help support  + Hospitals/Elmhurst, for sup-  respite. The Wellness Center will   the amount of time a homeowner  which homeowners hit with high
        our incredible staff.”       porting this initiative, and to Dr.  help reinforce the great work staff   has to file a challenge to a sewer  bills because of a leak may be able
             “Our healthcare workers pro-  Suzanna Bentley, Chief Wellness  are already doing. As we learned   or water bill from four to a mini-  to tap into to help deal with the
        vide our communities with the  Officer, for addressing the well-  during the pandemic, pouring   mum of six years. The challenge  increased cost.
        highest quality care that patients  ness of the doctors, staff, and  into the mental wellbeing of the   period would commence on the       In addition, Assemblyman
        deserve,” said New York City  medical residents who work tire-  hospital’s staff and front liners   bill date.       Colton notes that the four-year
        Council Member Shekar Krish-  lessly to care for our neighbors. In  is essential for our community’s        “Four years is simply not  statute of limitations does not
        nan. “Here at Elmhurst Hospital,  light of the extraordinary demands  overall wellbeing. Congratulations   enough time to file a complaint  apply to the Water Board in its
        which was the epicenter of the  placed on our healthcare heroes,  on this incredible milestone.”  with the New York City Water  collection  efforts. “To  place
        epicenter during the height of the  particularly amid the COVID-19       For more information on pro-  Board,” explained Assemblyman  this limitation on a customer is,
        COVID pandemic, our health pro-  pandemic, this Wellness Center  grams and services at NYC Health   Colton. “Given the complicated  therefore, extremely unfair,” As-
        fessionals, residents, and interns  is a testament to Elmhurst Hos-  + Hospitals/Elmhurst, please   billing formulas, and changing  semblyman Colton said.
        face incredible amounts of stress.  pital’s unwavering commitment  call 718-334-4000 or visit us on   rates and regulations, as well as       The Senate version of the bill,
        I’m proud to support the amazing  to nurturing those who commit  Facebook at www.facebook.com/  the fact that the normal statute  S5603, passed the Senate in 2023.
        team and am so excited about the  their lives to caring for our com-  ElmhurstHosp.
          NYC DOT Unveils Upgraded, Modern Parking Meters                                          Assembly Member Juan Ardila says
                              To Replace Current System                                              “We Need More Garbage Cans!”

           (Continued from page 7)        The Pay-by-Plate upgrade also  the meters, as well as other park-
                                     helps eliminate the illegal prac-  ing information can be found at
        paying for parking easier than  tice of transferring parking time  nyc.gov/paythemeter. In addition,
        ever, with drivers no longer need-  to a different zone or vehicle via  the location of metered blockfac-
        ing to leave paper receipts on  paper receipt.             es across New York City can be
        their dashboards. Retrofitted me-       In addition to these improve-  found on the NYC DOT webpage.
        ters will include a large, modern  ments to the City’s meter system,       The Pay-by-Plate meters are
        full color, backlit display visible  NYC DOT encourages the use of  part of the Adams administra-
        in all conditions that allows for  the ParkNYC mobile app, which  tion’s Curb Management Action
        the display of payment informa-  eliminates the need to pay at a  Plan to maximize use of the city’s
        tion and the entry of license plate  parking meter. Learn more about  curb space to serve  the varied
        information. Meters will have  ParkNYC  online,  or  download  needs of New Yorkers, including
        multiple language options and  the app on your smart device.     improving mobility, access, and
        the opportunity for contactless       Detailed information on the  the flow of people, goods, and
        Tap and Go credit card payments.  deployment schedule, how to use  services.
         MTA Completes Re-NEW-Vations at Sutphin Boulevard
              Archer Ave JFK And Jamaica–Van Wyck Stations

            (Continued from page 6)  walls, and eliminating calcium  the Metropolitan Transportation
                                     deposits and water stains from  Authority in enhancing the com-
        sit system and now in Southeast  platforms. Workers also made  muter experience,” said State Sen-
        Queens, they can see that effort  extensive repairs to floor tiles  ator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. “The
        for themselves.”             alleviating tripping hazards. Ceil-  completion of these functional
             At Sutphin Boulevard–Archer  ings, station booths, and other  and aesthetic improvements under
        Av–JFK Airport     station, New  surfaces were scraped, primed  the Re-NEW-vation Program ex-
        York City Transit crews scraped,  and repainted. Outdated signage  emplifies the commitment to pro-
        primed, and painted over 10,000  including legacy bus and subway  viding brighter, safer, and more
        square feet of the station. Over 150  maps were removed, and new  efficient transit environments for
        lights were converted to LEDs,  Americans with Disabilities Act  the residents and visitors of New
        upgrading the entire station with  signage was updated, new LED  York City.”
        clearer and more energy efficient  lights were installed, and plat-       “As a commuter myself, I’m
        lights that brighten darkened  form benches were sanded and  thrilled about the completion of
        areas. Additionally, the iconic  restained for customers.  the renovations at Sutphin Bou-
        subway stairway globes were        The Re-NEW-vation Program  levard–Archer Av–JFK Airport
        replaced, concrete tripping haz-  is a permanent part of the NYCT  and Jamaica–Van Wyck stations,”        A cleaner District 37 starts with  the DSNY to make sure com-
        ards were repaired along the   Department of Subways, with at  said Council Member Nantasha   more trash cans. I’ve heard you,  munities are given the resources
        platforms, stairways were inspect-  least 50 stations to receive repairs,  Williams. “These enhancements   and now it’s time to get this done.  that they need to keep our streets
        ed and repaired where needed, and  upgrades and deep cleanings  will not only elevate the aesthetic        Let’s get more trash cans!   clean, and our neighborhoods
        outdated signage was removed.  each year. Since the start of the  appeal but also improve function-       I’ll work tireless this year with  sparkling!
             At Jamaica–Van Wyck   station  program 70 stations have been  ality, making my daily commute
        workers carried out a special-  re-NEW-vated.              smoother and more enjoyable.
        ized cleaning operation, which        “The  recent upgrades  at  I’m looking forward to experi-
        included scrubbing platforms  Sutphin Boulevard–Archer Av–  encing  the  brighter  and  better
        clean of outdated social distancing  JFK Airport and Jamaica–Van  station environments, which will
        signage, washing and removing  Wyck   stations in Queens are  undoubtedly enhance the overall
        graffiti from track and station  a testament to the dedication of  commuting experience for all.”
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