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Ackerman came through on GCP plantings

An open letter to U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside):

It is with great appreciation and thanks that I am writing this letter to you. Your promised planting along the Grand Central Parkway service roads, as it passes through Jamaica Estates, has finally taken place. It has exceeded all of our expectations.

You have walked the area with me in the rain and snow. You have worked to get the wording of the bill changed to include trees from the original wording approving funds for a sound barrier wall. You have held meetings in your office with the city Parks Department and the Jamaica Estates Association. You have called me from your car on the way to Washington, D.C. You and your staff — Moya and Megan — have patiently put up with my years of impatient calls.

Gary, thank you for your extreme efforts concerning this matter. In years to come, people will enjoy the beauty of the many hundreds of trees and shrubs as they continue to grow to maturity.

Michael Bookbinder

Chairman of the Board

Jamaica Estates Association

Flushing

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