OANA OP ED: Which path to LGA?

OANA OP ED: Which path to LGA?

OANA has long been a stakeholder regarding the renovation of the LGA Airport, and we are indeed very happy with the results.  This public-private partnership, using Design Build to facilitate construction in a more efficient timely manner, has created a facility we can all be proud of. One that reflects, Queens and NYC in the best possible light!

The final link, literally, is the development of the logistics of movement of passengers to and from the facility. The proposed light rail, or “Airtrain”, has gone through different phases, i.e.approvals, reconsideration, and another approval process.

We at OANA have had a consistent position and are honored to be recognized with our Op-Ed being published in local papers, The National HeraldQueens GazetteJackson Heights Post, and NYC Wide Publications Crain’s New York Business and the Daily News.

Also, we do have an additional proposal that would compliment the Airtrain and Ferry access:  In order to improve passenger movement from Western Queens, we could establish bus service from Jackson Heights or Astoria Blvd to the airport. Either as an extended line, or as a direct shuttle.

By combining Light Rail, the Ferry, and bus service, we can make both our airports easily accessed by all!!!!! This would help both passengers and airport workers.   (Our airports are the largest employers in Queens and good paying jobs should be within everyone’s reach.)

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Mr. Khuzami has been a member of Community Board 1 in Astoria, NY for the last 20 years. He sits on the Zoning and parks Committees and is on the Executive Board. Previously, he served as Parks and Culture chair of Community Board 1 for eleven years and also chaired Capital and Expense priority Committee. He is a member of the Queens General Assembly and had been a panelist for grant submissions for the Queens Council on the Arts (QCA). Richard also is an officer of The Eastern Mediterranean Business Culture Alliance (EMBCA) and President of OANA.