“In Queens, a Civic Group Flexes Its Muscles.” By Fernanda Santos. New York Times. April 2, 2010. All manner of politicians have made it a point to show up at meetings of the Juniper Park Civic Association in Queens: City Council members; Representative Anthony D. Weiner, who represents parts of the borough; and even George E. Pataki when he was governor of New York. Mayors past and present have also made the trip — from Edward I. Koch to Rudolph W. Giuliani to Michael R. Bloomberg. In fact, Mr. Bloomberg, who has visited the group four times, once called it “the most successful civic association in the city.” The association, which represents Middle Village and Maspeth, proudly highlights the mayor’s compliment on its membership forms. Mr. Bloomberg just may have a point. The group’s track record suggests it knows a thing or two about getting what it wants.
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