CBS, December 18, 2018
The city says the industry brings hundreds of thousands of jobs, and billions of dollars of revenue in each year. Councilman Robert Holden (R-30th) says the shoots need to be better regulated.
“It’s out of control,” he said. “Whose bright idea was to do this right before Christmas. I mean, the city should not permit that.”
Holden’s proposed a bill to raise the permit fee from the current $300 to $5,000, so only necessary shoots block streets. READ MORE
Queens Chronicle, November 29, 2018
Councilman Bob Holden (D-Middle Village) is skeptical. “There is no doubt that the DOT could fudge the numbers to fit its narrative, so we deserve a report that is conducted without bias,” Holden said in a statement.
A status report found that, in addition to improved travel times, there is higher ridership and customer satisfaction since the two SBS routes began in November 2017. READ MORE
QNS, November 28, 2018
The City Council’s Transportation Committee is reviewing a bill that Councilman Robert Holden sponsored which will require NYPD and the city Department of Buildings to investigate the legality of curb cuts for driveways before issuing summonses.
The legislation looks to save drivers money on tickets and tows as well as crack down on illegal driveways, according to Holden, who says the issue puts an undue burden on motorists. READ MORE
The Real Deal, November 1, 2018
Zegen added that by working with local Council member Robert Holden, the local community and the Department of City Planning, his firm achieved “an overall great outcome” that includes a new 476-seat school.
Holden said the schools in his district suffer from severe overcrowding, and that getting Madison Realty to include a school was key to getting his approval. READ MORE
PIX11, October 3, 2018
City Councilman Bob Holden called the transition to Horizon “an ill-conceived plan.”
Sources told PIX11 the officers were injured when breaking up a fight between residents of the center.
Mayor Bill de Blasio addressed ongoing concerns about Horizon today saying, “let’s be clear. If there are any instances where one of these young people acts violently, one – they will be transferred to a more restrictive setting. READ MORE
QNS, October 2, 2018
Finally, after numerous police reports and at Holden’s request, in February, the DCA began an investigation into American Auto Body.
“I have been fighting for two decades against the crooked practices of All American Auto Body,” said Holden, who previously sought action against the auto body shop while he served as president of the Juniper Park Civic Association. READ MORE
Times Ledger, Oct. 6, 2018
City Councilman Robert Holden (D-Middle Village) is making good on a campaign promise to tackle quality of life issues affecting constituents in the southwest Queens neighborhoods in his district with the introduction of a series of bills last week.
Illegal conversions, abandoned houses and stalled construction projects were the topics of the legislative package Holden hopes will pass in the City Council. READ MORE
Queens Chronicle, Sept. 20, 2018
It’s been four years since Glendale leaders and residents first proposed that the former factory at 78-16 Cooper Ave. be transformed into a school instead of a homeless shelter.
According to City Councilman Bob Holden (D-Middle Village), that plan has gained more traction now than ever before.
The lawmaker told Community Board 5 last Wednesday that after weeks of discussions with the School Construction Authority and the Department of Homeless Services, the city is seriously considering nixing plans for a 200-bed men’s shelter at the site. READ MORE
QNS, June 20, 2018
In his first budget negotiation, Councilman Robert Holden said District 30 is receiving all-time highs of $7.4 million in capital funding along with an additional $2.85 million from the borough president’s office and more than $2 million in expense funding. While improving all of the schools in his district remains a priority for Holden, his history of civic leadership had an obvious influence on how he plans to use the money as well. READ MORE
QNS, May 25, 2018
On May 23, Holden introduced a bill that would create a commission to study the cost of renovating Rikers Island, which he said is a vital piece of information to consider before the city continues moving forward with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to reduce the inmate population, close the prison and open smaller jails in each borough by 2027. READ MORE