Thursday, August 11, 2016

Mayor de Blasio and Councilman Vacca Hold Town Hall Meeting

Above -  Mayor Bill de Blasio and Councilman Jimmy Vacca wait to be introduced at the Town Hall meeting last night at Villa Barone in Throggs Neck. 
Below - It was a packed house, but you had to have an invite to attend.

Above - Councilman Jimmy Vacca gave a history of his 37 years in public life, describing his large district, and introduced Mayor de Blasio.
Below - Mayor de Blasio spoke of improvements to the quality of life, and decreases im crime in Vacca's district.  

Above - The honor of the first question went to Ms. Lisa Soren. Of course it was about the Westchester Square BID.
Below - The mayor brought his commissioners and agency heads with him, as Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia answers a question. 

Above - The mayor is given a question on the reconstruction of Pelham Parkway pedestrian areas, or as it was said lack of work on the project.
Below - The mayor has Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver answer the question since the project is being done by the Parks Department

Above - State Senator Jeff Klein, and Below Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark spoke briefly, as the only other elected official present was Public Advocate Letitia James, who also spoke. 

Above - Community Board 10 resident John Cerini brings up the subject of making East Tremont Avenue one lane each way from its current two lanes of traffic each way. He states that the community board voted against the project by DOT. A loud cheer was heard from the audience. 
Below - The mayor has DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg explain that only painted lines will be put on East Tremont Avenue below Bruckner Blvd. and no concrete islands are to be put in as a Vision Zero safety project. The debate went on for a few minutes until Councilman Vacca cut off the community board member. 

Above - Community Board 10 Chair Martin Prince asks a question on the subject of more police for the 45th Precinct which covers Throggs Neck. The mayor responded that over 2,000 police officers have been added to the force under him, and all police precincts will be getting their fair share of the officers. As the Town Hall meeting winds down after almost three hours of questions to the mayor he thanks everyone who attended and his friend Councilman Jimmy Vacca.

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