District 30

Robert Holden

Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village, Ridgewood, Woodhaven, Woodside

NY small businesses say frequent film, TV productions are cutting into their normally busy holiday season

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

Pols raise issue with report on SBS

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

Queens lawmaker’s bill to regulate curb cuts for driveways gets a committee hearing

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

City Council approves rezoning for Madison Realty Capital’s Woodside rental project

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

At least 20 correction officers injured in massive brawl at Bronx juvenile center

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

Maspeth auto body shop with history of violations has its towing license revoked

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

Holden introduces bills to address quality of life issues

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

Glendale site may get new school, not shelter

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

Local councilman focused on ‘direct results’ with record breaking-budget for District 30

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