District 24

Rory I. Lancman

Kew Gardens Hills, Pomonok, Electchester, Fresh Meadows, Hillcrest, Jamaica Estates, Briarwood, Parkway Village, Jamaica Hills, Jamaica

New legislation plans to tackle city’s broken contracting system
NY Post, August 7, 2018

Two lawmakers plan to introduce legislation Wednesday demanding reforms to the city’s broken contracting system, following a Post report that some social service vendors have to wait a year or more to get paid. The bill sponsored by Council members Rory Lancman (D-Queens) and Justin Brannan (D-Brooklyn) would require city agencies to produce reports explaining tardy payments and inform contractors about the reasons their bills haven’t been settled.

“I hope to light a fire under the behinds of city agencies so they start paying vendors on time,” Lancman said. “If we’re going to rely on the nonprofit community to provide as many social functions as we do, we need to make sure they’re paid on time.” He added: “When we find out they haven’t gotten paid in many months and they need to go out and make a loan to make payroll, that’s what really got my attention.”

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Just two weeks remain for the Flagship Diner
Queens Chronicle, July 12, 2018

The neighborhood’s elected officials — Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows), Assemblyman Daniel Rosenthal (D-Flushing) and state Sen. Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) — all mourned the loss of the Flagship Diner on Tuesday.

“Flagship always meant to me a good, clean, friendly place to have a meal and a good conversation,” Comrie said in a phone interview. “If you had the late night munchies, it was always the place to go.”

In written statements, Lancman and Rosenthal both praised the diner — the former said he couldn’t count the number of times he ate there while the latter called it a “neighborhood institution” that “defined Briarwood.”

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Some want extended Utopia bike lane
Queens Chronicle, July 12, 2018

Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) — who represents Utopia between the Horace Harding Expressway and Hillside Avenue — said he’d be interested in seeing a proposal from the DOT.

“I would not consider a bike lane that took away a lane of parking or of traffic,” he said in an interview.

But either of those things may not necessarily have to happen, he explained. As an example, Lancman pointed to the painted bike lane on 73rd Avenue installed by the DOT last year, which lacks a protective barrier and did not remove any space for parking or driving.

“I think there are a lot of design possibilities,” Lancman said. “It depends on the width of the street. I’m very open to DOT giving me a suggestion.”

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Union Provides Details On Spectrum Strike
Queens Tribune, June 28, 2018

“Charter Communications has spent the past 15 months doing everything in its power to break Local 3 and boost its own bottom line,” Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) said. “Charter’s complete disregard for its own workers and unwillingness to negotiate in good faith are beyond shameful and will not be tolerated in New York City.”

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‘Pretty Obvious’ Charter/Spectrum Has Not Bargained In Good Faith, Labor Chair Says
Labor Press, June 25, 2018

Noting the punishing effects the 450-plus day strike has had on his constituents in Electchester, Queens, Council Member Rory Lancman [D-District 24] said on Monday, “You really appreciate the impact and the devastation that has been wrought by one company’s determination to break this union.” “First time I met with Charter, heard them testify, it was clear to me that that’s what this was about — Charter was here to break this union; to teach this union a lesson, and to establish itself as the company that broke the back of Labor in New York City.”

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John Bowne principal moved from his post
Queens Chronicle, May 17, 2018

In a statement to the Chronicle, Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) said “it’s outrageous that the city allowed this principal to remain on staff and in a position of authority at” the school while he racked up the hundreds of thousands in public dollars for settlements. “The city needs to ensure that every sexual harassment allegation is taken seriously and investigated thoroughly,” he added.

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Student-designed playground breaks ground in Flushing
Times Ledger, April 24, 2018

Lancman thanked the students for their participation.

“Today is a special day for our community as construction gets underway for the new playground at 250Q,” he said at the groundbreaking. “This playground will be built with input and insight from those who know playgrounds best — the students at 250. I am proud to provide funding to help make this new playground a reality, and look forward to seeing the playground when it is completed.”

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Ground breaks on new student-designed playground in Flushing
Queens Courier, April 18, 2018

The funding of the $1.2 million project is being provided through the Queens borough president’s office, NYC Councilman Rory Lancman, Department of Environmental Protection and Supporters of the Trust for Public Land.

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Work Begins On Student-Designed Playground In Flushing
Patch, April 17, 2018

The new playground may have been created by The Trust for Public Land – a nonprofit that helps create parks and protects land – but it was designed, at least in part, by the school’s very own students.

“This playground will be built with input and insight from those who know playgrounds best – the students at 250Q,” said City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows), who helped fund the playground.

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LANCMAN OP-ED: The curbs … are too damn low! My bill would fix that
Queens Chronicle, April 5, 2018

We have a responsibility to ensure that government action is helping those whom we serve. My curb heights legislation is an important step in the right direction.

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City to repave stretch of Union Turnpike
Queens Chronicle, April 5, 2018

He and Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) had both previously called on the DOT to do the resurfacing, saying it was badly needed.

“The poor conditions and potholes on this stretch of roadway are a hazard for motorists, inhibiting their ability to drive within our community safely,” the councilman said in a prepared statement.

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Charter employees mark anniversary of strike with City Hall condemnation
Times Ledger, April 3, 2018

“What is clear is that Charter cares more about its own bottom line than the well-being of its workers,” Lancman said.“I will continue to fight to ensure Local 3 receives a fair contract and that Charter is held accountable for any violation of the Franchise Agreement.”

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Residents: Eton St. needs flooding fixes
Queens Chronicle, March 29, 2018

Hannibal’s plight with his home led Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) to introduce a bill that would require the city to raise the curb on a street after repaving it.

Although the legislation did not pass in the Council’s last legislative session, Lancman re-introduced the bill in February and is pushing to get it passed this year.

“Phyllis’s story highlights why the Council must pass my legislation to hold the City accountable for DOT’s mistakes,” Lancman said in a prepared statement. “It is not fair that homeowners like Phyllis are left to deal with the consequences resulting from altered curb heights. We must ensure that DOT maintains proper curb heights every time it does street work.”

Union/Utopia Accident Reports Increase
The Torch, March 16, 2018

The New York City Department of Transportation is looking at potential pedestrian safety enhancements along Union Turnpike, a local city councilman said this week, in the wake of several accidents in recent years outside the University’s gates.

“At my request, the Department of Transportation has been conducting a study of potential safety enhancements along Union Turnpike,” Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) told The Torch on Tuesday, “and we are currently awaiting the results.”

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Par Central Motor Inn no longer a shelter
Queens Chronicle, March 9, 2018

Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) and the city had reached an agreement for ending its use as a shelter months ago, but the city didn’t give a specific deadline as to when. Lancman is happy City Hall followed through.

“I am pleased that the Par Central Motel will no longer be used as a shelter, and look forward to working with the administration to close other hotel shelters in the District,” he said in a prepared statement.

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Kew Gardens Hills: A Little Town in Central Queens
New York Times, March 7, 2018

…Rory I. Lancman, 49, another Queens College graduate, lived in the area from the age of 5 until his late twenties. Now he is the member for the 24th City Council district, which includes Kew Gardens Hills. Last month, at the urging of the Orthodox Jewish community, the community board agreed to sponsor a proposal to rezone two sections of the neighborhood to allow “bigger homes with more bedrooms for more babies,” he said. The measure will affect about 377 homes.

Mr. Lancman is also keen on improving the 1.4-square-mile Flushing Meadows–Corona Park just west of Kew Gardens Hills. The Albert Mauro Playground within the park is being rebuilt, and a project is underway to reduce chronic flooding and make sense of a confusing internal roadway.

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City Council Begins Examination of De Blasio Budget Plan
Gotham Gazette, March 6, 2018

Council Member Rory Lancman, a vocal critic of the de Blasio administration, raised the issue of funding for the ailing MTA and scandal-ridden NYCHA. “They are two areas where the mayor has to some degree or another, I won’t say abdicated, that’s too judgmental, but has offered the view that they are either not his problem or the origin of the problems lie elsewhere,” Lancman said.

Hartzog tried to float arguments that de Blasio has put forward — that the state should fund the MTA and new MTA revenue streams should include “lockboxes” to keep the money in the city, and that the administration had made unprecedented investments in NYCHA in the absence of federal and state funds. Lancman, though, cut Hartzog off and insisted she focus on the budget before them.

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Plans to renovate Fresh Meadows cemetery are closer to reality
NY1, March 1, 2018

An overgrown and littered property in Queens could soon be getting a makeover.

The City Planning Commission greenlighted the Parks Department’s application to acquire Brinckerhoff Cemetery in Fresh Meadows this week. The City landmark has about 76 graves and dates back to 1730. Now Borough President Melinda Katz and the local community board have to review the proposal before the commision and the City Council officially vote to buy the land. We asked Councilman Rory Lancman what he hopes to see at the 182nd Street burial ground.

“There will be some marker informs people of the history and that the people who live in this neighborhood will not wake up everyday to this terrible eyesore,” said Lancman.

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City moves one step closer to buying neglected cemetery with rich history in Fresh Meadows
Queens Courier, February 27, 2018

“The cemetery has been a source of much frustration for community members, understandably outraged by its poor conditions, and this project will enable the city to properly care for and maintain the property,” Lancman said. “I look forward to working with the Community Board, Borough President Katz, and my colleagues in the City Council as the Brinckerhoff Cemetery project makes its way through the ULURP.”

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LANCMAN OP-ED: Want more housing? Density’s the answer: Albany must lift the FAR cap
NY Daily News, February 20, 2018

This 12 FAR limit was established in 1961, and it has not changed since. This makes no sense. New York City today is desperate for more affordable housing. We must have the authority to develop denser residential buildings in all five boroughs when we as a city, through our normal land use approval mechanisms, believe it’s in the city’s best interest. A higher FAR will give us more options to decide how we want our neighborhoods to look and develop, but will still allow us to incorporate community input in the same way we do now.

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Queens Museum Report Says Former Director ‘Misled the Board’
New York Times, February 14, 2018

In response to the report’s findings, Councilman Lancman said in a telephone interview: “The leader of this museum is supposed to represent the values of Queens but also represent to the world our values. This is just a breathtaking breach of that responsibility.”

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Deputy mayor asked to testify over NYCHA scandals
NY Post, February 11, 2018

“It’s important for Alicia Glen to testify because it does seem like NYCHA is lost in the shuffle when it comes to the mayor’s housing policy,” said Queens Councilman Rory Lancman. “You have the chairwoman of NYCHA acknowledging that NYCHA has been lost in the shuffle, and we’d like to hear from the deputy mayor in charge of affordable housing why that is.”

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Seniors learn self-defense in free class
Times Ledger, February 6, 2018

Senior citizens in Kew Garden Hills got free self-defense lessons.

Chazaq, a Jewish nonprofit organization, hosted the inaugural Self-Defense Class for Seniors last week at Queens Library in Kew Garden Hills. More than 55 seniors attended the class, led by instructor Avi Avramcheyiv of the New York Self-Defense Academy. The class was funded by Councilman Rory Lancman (D- Hillcrest), who allocated $16,000 in the fall 2018 budget through the Support Our Seniors Initiative to facilitate events for local seniors.

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Striking Local 3 still sticking to its guns
Queens Chronicle, January 25, 2018

Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) said that he was informed by the de Blasio administration that the audit “would be out by the end of the month.

“We’ll go from there.”

The lawmaker, who has rallied with Local 3 strikers, represents Electchester, the complex where many in the union live.

Having been recently appointed to the Council’s Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises and Land Use Committee, Lancman said that he intends to use the roles to fight Charter.

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City Council members demand de Blasio address failing NYCHA heating
NY Post, January 10, 2018

Lancman said there are “three life-threatening circumstances” NYCHA needs to prioritize over other needs: heating, lead paint removal and mold abatement.

“It’s a litany of horrors, and the city needs to do a better job of attacking the most horrible horrors,” he said.

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LANCMAN OP-ED: Local journalism, with taxpayer help
NY Daily News, November 13, 2017

It’s time for New York City to get back into the business of funding local journalism.

The demise of the DNAinfo and Gothamist websites — some would call their closure an execution in retaliation for their reporters’ decision to unionize — is merely the latest blow to serious community journalism, and compels a public response.

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Mayor settles beef with Queens City Council member over seats on Flushing Meadows Park oversight group
Queens Courier, August 18, 2017

The city has settled a lawsuit between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Queens Councilman Rory Lancman over membership of an organization dedicated to improving Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Lancman, who represents an area including the southern section of the park, announced on Aug. 18 that the settlement will result in the the restructuring of the Flushing Meadows Corona Park Alliance, a group whose mission is to “preserve, maintain, and improve Flushing Meadows Corona Park for the benefit and use of the surrounding communities and all New Yorkers,” as noted on its website.

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LANCMAN OP-ED: Back Down, Mr. Mayor
Crain’s NY, July 31, 2017

The subway is the lifeblood of New York City, and the truth is New York City government hasn’t done nearly enough to support it. The state’s $8.3 billion commitment to the MTA’s current capital plan dwarves the city’s $2.5 billion, as it has the last two capital plans going back to 2005. City government can do a lot better than spending a fraction of what the state does to maintain a system that our city depends on.

Mr. Mayor, this is a crisis that requires all hands on deck. If Joe Lhota’s plan is a good one, take the governor’s offer to split the cost and get our subway crisis under control. It’s. Our. Subway.

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City councilman blasts Charter Communications’ use of out-of-state contractors as Spectrum workers strike
NY Daily News, June 21, 2017

“Charter Communications’ decision to use out-of-state contractors not only goes against its franchise agreement with the City, but also the values we hold as New Yorkers,” Lancman said.

“We believe that work in New York City should be performed by New York City workers, like Local 3, who have the training and expertise to get the job done right,” he said.

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