History


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The Eastern Queens Alliance, Inc.  (EQA) is a federation of civic associations in Southeast Queens that grew approximately thirty years ago out of the germination of an idea that neighborhood organizations should unite to address issues and find solutions that cut across community boundaries within Southeast Queens. The communities presently served are Addisleigh Park, Brookville, Laurelton, Rosedale,  Springfield Gardens, St. Albans and Queens Village. Sitting on the Alliance are the presidents and vice presidents (or other representatives) of member civics as well as EQA selected persons with expertise in particular fields. Most of these members have been working as grass roots activists in their respective communities for a number of years. 

Since 2003, one of the main projects that the Alliance has been working on is the preservation and restoration of the wetlands in Idlewild Park Preserve,, and the establishment of the Idlewild Park Salt Marsh Environmental Science Learning Center through which a full complement of environmental education workshops and activities will be provided to children and families of the community at large. 

Other key issues are the preservation of  open space,  community preservation through effective urban planning and  land use, the prevention of further encroachment by airport-related services and other industrial uses in our residential areas, environmental justice, environmental racism, and the impact of the environment on community health. 

Other quality of life concerns in Southeast Queens that the Alliance has on its agenda are education, violence prevention, community safety, and  the clear definition and enforcement of fair-share rules to ensure the preservation of neighborhood quality/character. Community sustainability is an overarching goal.

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In all of these efforts EQA reaches out to the community to identify specific problems, educate and heighten awareness, mobilize energies, and generate community involvement in developing solutions. To accomplish its goals and objectives EQA works with other organizations—both public and private and seeks the support of government agencies and elected officials where appropriate.