Minutes of the March 21, 2022 General Membership Meeting of the Westmoreland Homeowners Association

 

Officers Present

President - Walter Mugdan

Vice President – Victor Dadras

Treasurer – Gary Savage

Secretary – Charles Manna

 

Board Members Present

Namshik Yoon

Robert Timmerman

Jess Bravo

Arasu Jambukeswaran

John Duane

 

Officials Present

John Gallo – Deputy Chief of Staff for New York State Senator John Liu

Amber Yoon - Office of Assemblyman Ed Braunstein

 

President Walter Mugdan called the meeting to order at 8:10 P.M.  A motion was made, seconded and unanimously adopted to waive reading of the minutes.   (Mr. Mugdan noted that the minutes are available for review on the Westmoreland website.)  

 

Gary Savage provided the Treasurer’s Report indicating that the balance-on-hand was $18.367.68 as March 21, 2022.  There are currently 45 active members who paid $525 in dues, $620 were received as contributions.  Expenses for the past few months included $87 for Pizza at the past Glenwood Landing cleanup, $375 to Walter for 2021 mailing and other costs and $385 to Charles for mailing costs.  A motion was made to accept the Treasurer’s report. The motion was seconded, and the report was unanimously approved.

 

New Business

 

Once again, the meeting was held virtually as a safety precaution due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Walter remarked that the next meeting will be held at the Glenwood Landing Park during the day on a weekend May 22, 2022, weather permitting.

 

The Current Field of Officers and Board members were re-elected for another year’s term.  Congratulations!

 

Walter Mugdan made several announcements:

 

  • Relaxing the single-family zoning restrictions.  Governor Kathy Hochul has given up her plans to propose legislation changing the zoning restrictions for single-family houses throughout the state.  The change would have permitted owners to create secondary "accessory dwelling units" (ADUs) inside or adjacent to the house on the same property.  The opposition to this was fierce and the threat of a political battle over the issue caused her to back off ... for now, at least.  However, similar legislation has been introduced by State Senators and Assembly members and remains active. The pressure to create more housing spaces for the general population is the motivation for the proposal.  There is a severe shortage of all types of housing throughout the United States.  There is no solution for this problem now.  The discussion included the pros and cons for this kind of housing.  A resolution was presented and passed unanimously to oppose the easing of restrictions on single-family housing that would allow second living quarters to be created, even if the house was modified to allow separate access.  Both Tom Suozzi and John Liu have publicly opposed the governor’s proposal.

 

  • Park Cleanup – The 5th Annual Spring Cleanup of the Glenwood Landing Park will take place on Saturday, April 23, from 9:30 to noon.  A free lunch will be provided for volunteers.  Tools, gloves and and leaf bags will be provided also.

 

  • Jordan Engel spoke to us at the last meeting.  He reported that the city is bringing back curbside composting pickups, on a district-by-district basis.  Unfortunately, the new Mayor, Erik Adams, has proposed to cancel the program; the program is now undergoing a review.

 

  • There will be a meeting at Councilmember Vickie Paladino’s office this Wednesday, March 23, 2022.  She replaced Paul Vallone as our district 19 Council person.  The topic will be the J-Mart supermarket.  The property is currently surrounded by construction fencing.  Vickie will host the meeting with a representative from the company that is going to occupy the space.  Charles Manna will attend and represent the Westmoreland Association.  [Charles subsequently reported that J-Mart will not be expanding the current building as they had contemplated; they will rehabilitate the current building.  The loading bay cannot be moved so access will still be off Marathon Parkway.  They responded positively to our request that the store provide a wide assortment of groceries to appeal to all ethnicities; they are aware there is a large senior population living nearby who depend on a store that will provide for them.  They have surrounded the entire property with a construction fence to deter vandalism and occupation by vagrants.]

 

  • The planned women’s homeless shelter to be located on Northern Blvd in Douglaston is under renovation. The construction was halted for a while, but now seems to have resumed.

 

  • Rooftop Solar Panels – Walter is planning on hosting an information meeting soon to explain the benefits of solar panels.  Both he and the Manna house next door have had the panels installed. 

 

  • Namshik Yoon - reported that in February there was an armed robbery at H-Mart.  There was an arrest in the neighborhood.  Also, a runaway teen was caught by the police in the neighborhood.  Two weeks ago, both the Armenian Church and the Community Church of Douglaston were burglarized.  TV’s and other electronic equipment were stolen.

 

  • Red BMW Coupe has been rusting away in the neighborhood since last August, having never been moved, with one window wide open the whole time.  Walter called the 111th to report the derelict car, and in early March wrote a letter to the precinct which resulted in a detective responding.  The car was subsequently moved; unfortunately, the car -- which is apparently owned by a neighbor -- was simply moved to another location two blocks away, and is again not being moved.  The law prohibits parking a vehicle in the same place for more than 7 days.  Walter will bring the problem to the attention of the NYPD again.

 

  • Car Keying – is still happening in the neighborhood.  Especially, in the area around the Westmoreland and 41st Ave. block.  Walter will address this issue at the May meeting with the NYPD and its community affairs officer.

 

  • Wiley Coyote – Coyotes have been spotted in the Douglas Manor and Udalls Cove and Oakland areas.  It is not clear whether they are passing though or are settling in.  They will go after cats and small dogs... so, be sure to keep them inside or on leash.

 

  • Udalls Cove – April 9th – The 53rd Annual Udalls Cove Shoreline, Wetlands and Woodlands Cleanup.  Come to Aurora Pond on Sandhill Road (the Back Road) anytime between 9:00 and noon to receive trash bags, work gloves, and a map advising where help is most needed.

 

            April 2nd at 4 PM – the 53rd Annual Udalls Cove Preservation Committee membership meeting will be held virtually by Zoom.

 

  • Little Neck Douglaston Memorial Day Parade

    • Fund Raiser – Monahan and Fitzgerald – April 5, from 1:00 to 5:00 at 214-17 41 Ave, Bayside.

    • 300 Club – Purchase one or more boxes for $100 each for a chance to win $10,000.  Drawing will happen when all the boxes are sold.

    • May 30, 2022 – The parade will commence at 2:00.  The Westmoreland Association will march; all are invited to join us -- we gather next to the Starbucks parking lot at 55 Northern Blvd (near Great Neck Road). 

    • Prayer gathering – will take at the former Little Neck Community Church the morning of the parade

    • Breakfast - will be held the morning of the parade at Father Smith Hall

 

  • Queens Historical Society - will host a program on the History of Little Neck and Douglaston on May 22 at 2:30. It will be both virtual through YouTube and in-person at the Kingsland Homestead (143-35 37 Ave, Flushing).  The cost will be $5 adults/$3 Seniors).

 

  • Jon Gallo ­– There will be an e-Waste event held at the St. A’s parking lot.  Probably the weekend before Memorial Day weekend.  There will be an announcement soon.  Document shredding service may also be available. Also, a “Fun Run” is planned for the Joe Michaels Mile along the Cross-Island Parkway.  Jon will let us know when the dates are set.

 

  • The annual NYC budget – is due soon.  A large percentage of the budget is education related.  Moneys are going to be allocated to CUNY/SUNY and libraries.  There is budget planned for Homeowners and Renters assistance.

 

  • A clothing drive is planned at PS94 soon.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 10:15 PM.  The next meeting will be held either on Sunday, May 22 (outside at Glenwood Landing Park), or Monday, May 23, 2022 (hopefully in person at the Little Neck Community Church).         

 

Respectfully submitted, Charles Manna, Secretary

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