8 THE QUEENS COURIER • AUGUST 22, 2019 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT WWW.QNS.COM
Fears of lead exposure arise under 7 train trestle in Jackson Heights
BY MARK HALLUM
Fears from the past surfaced as Cristina
Furlong came across signs on Roosevelt
Avenue near 82nd Street warning residents
of exposure to lead posted by the
MTA as the agency works to repaint the
entire span of elevated track.
Furlong’s son was born with elevated
lead levels in his blood stream, and
although it is unclear whether any current
or future conditions in the 10-yearold
can be attributed to the 7 train rumbling
just a half block away it would seem
the likely culprit to Furlong.
Now Furlong wonders if the MTA is
taking proper precautions in protecting
the public, many of whom are children
she observed walking on the sidewalk
within the work zone.
Th ere are not barriers blocking people
from walking freely on the sidewalk, just
signs and vacuums to such up some of
the debris as the workers grind decades of
paint away to reveal bare steel.
“Th at corridor of Roosevelt Avenue is a
lost land, so to speak,” Furlong said. “It’s
very disturbing to see a sign that says lead
paint and nothing else.”
Th e controversy surrounding the 7
train’s lead issue goes back to a 2017 report
published by the District 9 International
Union of Painters and Allied Trades proving
that particles containing 224,000 parts
per million of lead paint, more than 40
times the 5,000 parts per million legal
threshold, fall from the trestle.
Th e late state Senator Jose Peralta, who
died just aft er losing a September 2018 primary
to Jessica Ramos, and Councilman
Daniel Dromm took the lead in pressuring
the MTA to fast track lead abatement for
the tracks considering the number of families
and food vendors along the corridor.
Peralta passed legislation signed by
Governor Andrew Cuomo in December
2017 requiring the MTA to address the
issue as part of any work that takes place
on the tracks.
His successor, Ramos, claims to be
keeping a keen eye on the work to remediate
the steel trestle with a staff er telling
QNS they have requested warnings in
more languages as Jackson Heights is primarily
Spanish-speaking, among others.
“While the work done by the MTA
along the 7 line is appreciated, we are yet
to see the signage we’ve requested now for
a few weeks. Lead is dangerous and our
community must be notifi ed in the top
languages spoken,” Ramos said in a statement
In June 2018, New York City Transit
President Andy Byford announced a twoyear
project would begin to repaint the
tracks in two segments. Th e fi rst phase of
the project was decided to run from 82nd
Street and Citi Field and cost $45 million.
Now on Roosevelt, some sections of the
track gleam with a fresh coat of paint.
While Furlong felt disheartened by
the death of Peralta, she hoped that
Councilman Daniel Dromm would continue
advocating in government for safer
conditions along the track.
Dromm’s offi ce did not respond to a
request for comment before press time.
As far as the MTA is concerned, however,
a spokesman said the work zone
meets all safety and health requirements
pertaining to lead and that workers are
equipped to mitigate exposure.
“Safety is the MTA’s top priority. Th is
repainting project will rehabilitate the
aging 7 line structure for generations
to come,” the agency said. “Th e signage
in this tweet meets OSHA requirements
and NYC Transit employees are providing
oversight to ensure that all work is being
performed in accordance with applicable
health and safety regulations.”
Cops probe death of infant in Ozone Park home
BY EMILY DAVENPORT
Police are investigating the death of a
baby who was found unconscious inside
of his Ozone Park home on Monday
According to authorities, at 2:33 p.m.
on Aug. 19, police responded to a 911 call
regarding an unconscious infant inside
an apartment on Cross Bay Boulevard
near Linden Boulevard.
Upon their arrival, offi cers from the
106th Precinct found 3-month-old
Joseph Carucci on a bed in the home,
unconscious and unresponsive.
Sources familiar with the investigation
stated that Carucci did not have any signs
of trauma and appeared to have rolled
over in the bed.
EMS rushed Carucci to Jamaica
Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Th e medical examiner will determine
the cause of death. An NYPD spokesperson
indicated that the case does not
appear to be criminal in nature, however
the Administration for Children’s
Services (ACS) will investigate the death.
A steel pillar on the 7 train trestle in Woodside shows years of rust and faded paint.
“Our top priority is protecting the safety
and wellbeing of all children in New
York City. We are investigating this case.”
Photo: Mark Hallum/QNS
Photo via Google Maps
said Chanel Caraway, ACS spokesperson.
No arrests have been made at this time
and the investigation is ongoing.
BACK TO SCHOOL
With the purchase of glasses,
contact lens e l.
PLUS FREE 2ND PAIR
2 Boxes of Lenses Frames & Lenses
* $200 minimum purchase on first pair of designer
frames. Second pair frame from select group with
clear plastic, single vision lenses +/-4 sph., 2 cyl.
Must present prior to purchase. Offer valid at this
location only. Not valid with any other offers, sales,
vision plans or packages.
Offer ends 10/15/19
Select frame with select clear plastic no-line bifocal lenses
+/- 4 sph., 2 cyl up to 2.50 add. Not valid with any other
offers, sales, vision plans or packages. Must present
prior to purchase. Offer valid at this location only.
Offer ends: 10/15/19
brand clear sphericalLenses/*Contact
lens fitting additional. Not valid for Toric lenses. Not valid with
any other offers, sales, vision plans or packages. Must
present prior to purchase. Offer valid at this location only.
Some restrictions apply, see store for details.
Offer ends: 10/15/19
Select frames with clear plastic, single vision lensas
+/- 4 sph., 2 cyl. Not valid with any other offers, sales,
vision plans or packages. Must present prior to purchase.
Offer valid at this location only. Some restrictions apply,
see store for details
Offer ends: 10/15/19
2 PAIR OF CHILDREN'S
18 years & younger
Includes polycarbonate lenses, plastic and metal frames.
Select frames with clear plastic single vision lenses
+/- 4 sph, 2 cyl. Must present prior to purchase. Offer
valid at this location only. Not valid with any other offers,
sales, vision plans or packages.
Offer ends 10/15/19