Primetime Interviews: City Councilman Eric Ulrich

Welcome. 

Primetime Interviews recently met with City Councilman Eric Ulrich of the 32nd District to talk about his career, the concerns of his constituents and his long-term goals. 

Topics of discussion also included:

  • His personal hero
  • His political background
  • His accomplishments in the district
  • His response to rumors of a Mayoral bid 
Enjoy the segment, and thank you for your continued support.
“J-Man”

Removal underway.

**** Breaking News****

~ Is It Safe To Tow Away The Boat? ~

Following yesterdays unexpected landing on the beach, investigators and the NYPD are on site as we type. The capsized vessel needs to be towed away, but first investigations are underway to ensure it is safe to remove. Rockaway Primetime Reporting was able to ask one of the “investigators” on site what was happening – to which he responded “We are now investigating the safety of removing the vessel. And looking for a contractor who is able to remove it.”

Attached are some photos taken at the Beach 56 Pl Boardwalk.

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Crews preparing for the investigation

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Loncke Launches Bid to Unseat Titus

 

Nigel Loncke believes it is time for change in Rockaway, and he intends to play a major role in the transformation. The 33-year-old hopes to challenge Michele Titus for the right to represent Assembly District 31. April will mark the representative’s 14th year in the New York State Assembly.

Rockaway Primetime recently met with Loncke and posed several questions about his campaign and decision to run for office.

When asked if there was anyone in particular that served as a source of inspiration, Loncke replied, “I was inspired by many, but the one person that sticks out is my dad.”

His father is from Guyana and his mother is from Brooklyn. He was born in the United States and noted that his parents struggled during the financial crisis of 2008. It was at that point that he realized he wanted to pursue a life in public service and change the political system. “My parents moved us from Brooklyn to give us a better life,” he said. “The move to Arverne worked out really well for me.”

At 33, Loncke realizes that some may wonder if he has enough political experience to unseat Titus. He told Rockaway Primetime that working with Robert Simmons, who served as Chief-of-Staff for Congressman Gregory Meeks, helped him understand the importance of being a public servant and the political system. “Mr. Simmons saw something in me that he liked and brought me in as a staff member. I served as Community Liaison in 2009,” stated Loncke.

In 2012, he ventured outside of the U.S. to study political systems in other countries. “I started to view politics in an entirely different light after traveling abroad. Shortly after I returned to the states, I began working on Barack Obama’s campaign,” he added. “I traveled to many different states canvassing and hosting events. I even organized the first Obama campaign bus tour in Rockaway, which gave residents an opportunity to be part of the political process.”  

Loncke also held Rockaway’s first “house party”, another term for campaign headquarters celebration, after President Obama’s 2012 victory. He described the event as a huge success and “a great experience” for Rockaway.

In the midst of working on President Obama’s campaign, Loncke returned to Rockaway to help residents affected by Superstorm Sandy. “I wanted to get back home and help. My church was flooded, but I didn’t just want to help my church. I wanted to help surrounding communities,” Loncke stated. “I helped distribute emergency materials like food, water, clothes and other items. I put Obama’s campaign on hold because I felt my community was more important.”

Later, he worked as an office manager for a Colorado-based company called Next-Gen. He was charged with the task of helping the company locate people that were interested in working in various professions, such as finance, human resources and public service. Loncke described the job as “people who cared about their community, women’s rights and climate change repeal.”

Rockaway Primetime asked Loncke if he felt the community was prepared for another Sandy and what he thought about climate change. He stated, “Climate change is real. We have to work together on this issue from a city, state, and federal level. I agree with all home-owners on the peninsula. We must protect our land with sea walls, jetties and make sure insurance companies don’t rip people off.”

When asked how he would go about getting on the ballot to challenge Titus, he said he plans to go door-to-door to speak with voters about how Titus has not adequately represented the community and how he would do a much better job. “I am going to talk to voters about the issues and about what they want, which is something that Titus has never done. Getting on the ballot is my first real challenge,” Loncke noted. He informed Rockaway Primetime that all he needs is 500 signatures to get on the ballot and that the real goal is 4,000. “Once I’m on the ballot, I will give her a good fight.”

At the end of the meeting, he indicated that he favors lowering the age requirement for voters. “The more youth we get involved, the better our chances for change. You can’t build without starting from the bottom up. We can’t have that one size fits all mentality. Make the youth feel welcomed and valued,” said Loncke. “The district serves 129,000 people, and age doesn’t matter. Things have to change, and I’m the one that will make those changes,” he concluded.

 

Good look for St.John’s?

A town hall meeting was called to order this evening at the St . Johns Boces Building. District Leader (and committee member) Lew Simon moderated a meeting with front table attended by St. John’s officials.

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Pictured left to right Suzanne , Jerry Walsh CEO, Lew Simon, moderator;  Chris Parker, Chief Operating Officer and Del Joiner, Interim Vice President of Quality. 

The agenda included an introduction of newly appointed COO and VP of Q. Both gentleman coming from nursing and medical backgrounds.  And both excited to be a part of the team at St. John’s.

Then CEO Jerry Walsh went into explanation of the 2016 budget initiatives, which have been put in place as part of a three year plan to bring the hospital closer to its goal of financial sustainability.  Setting a strategic plan to be implemented at St. John’s was key; with six main factors.
– To improve patient experience
– To engage the community through population health initiatives
– Facility improvement (care, health, cost)
– Improve access to services
– Improve hospital safety and quality.
And finally to move toward financial sustainability.

CEO Jerry Walsh went on to explain. The DSRIP initiatives and SJEH Capital support needs.

Before taking questions from the audience, he made a request to attending local elected officials for help in bringing a city inspector to approve the elevators so they can be fully operational again. Elected official reps present were Dan Brown for QBP Melinda Katz, Sandee Doremus for Senator Addabbo, Isabella Pori for Assemblyman Goldfeder (and shortly thereafter Councilman Donovan Richards.

Questions from the audience to CEO Walsh were welcomed. He confirmed that a pediatric center at Wavecrest was not currently in the plan due to inability to get a certificate of occupancy (the proposed location is in a flood zone and not possible at this time.) When asked if he would get treated at SJEH, Walsh replied “Yes, I would. And Suzanne already has!”

Lew Simon asked about bringing back a courtesy van for patients unable to get to SJEH for appointments. There was concern from the audience in agreeance. To which Walsh replies, “Currently SJ can provide transportation for patients free and legally.” He noted in the past there was a law that prevented it but now it has changed.

Another very important question arose about whether funding has come for the Emergency Department. Both Walsh and 1199 Executive VP Steve Kramer addressed this issue. The funding has yet to come down from Department of Health, which Kramer noted has been set for release in August 2015 (and delayed multiple times since). Talks of buses from Rockaway to Albany in collaboration with 1199 were cheered on by audience.

Amidst the Q & A portion, CEO Jerry Walsh says they are working with the FDNY to bring two ambulances specifically for SJEH soon. He is also looking to build partnerships with at least 10 local nursing homes for preventive and routine care for their residents.

The meeting ended on a positive note of casual conversation amongst attendees. Next meeting date has yet to be announced.

Photos of the meeting.

Culinary Kids has their defense

This video appeared on Culinary Kids Facebook page just 48 hours after an exclusive Rockaway Primetime interview with New York State Senator Sanders, regarding his side of the story on the alleged kickback of 250,000 dollars in city funding .This is what was quoted by Culinary Kids in the video.” We are here to rebuttal all the articles and audio on us”

It appears to be a rebuttal to Sanders comments in regards to Culinary Kids allegations made in the New York Post on February 7th.

https://rockawayprimetime.net/2016/02/12/a-primetime-interviews-exclusive-state-senator-james-sanders-jr/

http://nypost.com/2016/02/07/politician-demanded-250k-bribe-for-funding-nonprofit-suit/

Rockaway Primetime can not confirm this video as proven to be true or false at this time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Primetime Interviews Exclusive: State Senator James Sanders, Jr.

 On February 11, State Senator James Sanders, Jr. met with Rockaway Primetime to discuss the allegations presented in a recent New York Post article. The article featured a non-profit Rockaway group, which claimed Sanders demanded a $250,000 kickback from a grant totaling $1.7 million.

We thank Senator Sanders for granting us this exclusive and eye-opening interview.

As usual, feel free to share your thoughts on this installment of Primetime Interviews in the comment section.


 

 

Flooding and more flooding. Some homeowners need help, fast!

“When will we have answers to the sewer problem”? That is what a significant number of Broad Channel and Rockaway homeowners are asking. Angry residents are posing the question after two consecutive days of flooding near their homes. 

A week before the Blizzard of 2016, Rockaway was warned that a coastal flood and high surf advisory would be in effect for the entire week. Politicians and city officials were well aware of the high tides surrounding the areas, leaving scores of residents to wonder why their representatives remained inactive and silent. Another question they’re asking is why hasn’t the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), which is charged with the task of inspecting Rockaway’s sewers and waterways for potential threats to the shoreline and public safety, been more proactive in dealing with the issue?

Residents like “Karen”, who asked that her last name not be published, told Rockaway Primetime that her home has been and remains in jeopardy of being underwater. She’s been victimized by constant flooding in her basement because her home is located right on the shoreline of Broad Channel. “I can’t raise my house. I’m one of a few in the area who has a basement, not a crawl space,” she stated.  “This is crazy! I’m so afraid my boiler is going to be underwater, yet again,” she added. 

Karen also made mention of the fact that she’s received no help from elected officials. “After Superstorm Sandy, I don’t know how much more I can take. My flood insurance has tripled since the storm, and Assemblyman Goldfeder has been the only one to step up. His office has done everything possible to try and help.”  

Rockaway Primetime will continue to follow this developing story. If anyone would like to provide some form of assistance to Karen or other flooding victims, contact Rockaway Primetime.

Photos above showing the devastation of the high tides from Karen’s basement. 

 

Slide show of photos so far from the devastation of flooding.

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Photos by : Kim Mannino, Annemarie Ancona-Clark, Natalya Bowen, Theresa Racine.

Comments from Residents.

Kim Mannino: “Still awaiting the DEP to show within their 24 hr, response time after filing complaint yesterday with 311”.

Kelly James: “ 87th street is flooded on Beach Channel Drive, can’t drive down the block“.

 

 

 

One more night of flooding!

    • Issued by The National Weather Service

      New York City, NY

      4:32am EST, Tue Feb 9

… WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON EST WEDNESDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN UPTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW… WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON EST WEDNESDAY.

* LOCATIONS… NEW YORK CITY… ADJACENT PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST NEW JERSEY… AND LONG ISLAND.

* HAZARD TYPES… SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS… SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 3 TO 5 INCHES.

* TEMPERATURES… IN THE LOWER 30S.

* VISIBILITIES… ONE HALF MILE AT TIMES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES… AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

    • Issued by The National Weather Service

      New York City, NY

      5:02am EST, Tue Feb 9

… HIGH SURF ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST THIS EVENING… … COASTAL FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM EST THIS MORNING… … COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM TO 11 PM EST THIS EVENING…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN UPTON HAS ISSUED A COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY… WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM TO 11 PM EST THIS EVENING.

* LOCATIONS… COASTAL LOCATIONS ALONG THE SOUTH SHORE OF NASSAU… QUEENS AND SOUTHWEST SUFFOLK.

* TIDAL DEPARTURES… AROUND 3 FT ABOVE ASTRONOMICAL TIDES.

* TIMING… MODERATE COASTAL FLOODING EXPECTED FOR THIS MORNINGS HIGH TIDE CYCLE. ADDITIONAL MINOR TO MODERATE COASTAL FLOODING IS EXPECTED WITH TONIGHTS AND WEDNESDAY MORNINGS HIGH TIDE CYCLES.

* BEACH IMPACTS… ELEVATED WATER LEVELS AND LARGE BREAKING WAVES WILL RESULT IN AREAS OF DUNE TOE EROSION AND LOCALIZED OVERWASHES FOR THE ATLANTIC OCEAN BEACHES.

* COASTAL FLOOD IMPACTS… WIDESPREAD FLOODING OF VULNERABLE SHORE ROADS AND/OR PROPERTIES DUE TO HEIGHT OF STORM TIDE AND/OR WAVE ACTION. SEVERAL ROAD CLOSURES WILL BE NEEDED. ISOLATED STRUCTURAL DAMAGE MAY BE OBSERVED.

Looks like we all in Rockaway going to need this…..

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Primetime Sits With Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder

 

Recently, Rockaway Primetime had the honor and privilege of sitting down with Phillip Goldfeder, who represents the 23rd Assembly District. The interview was conducted Primetime’s very own Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet aka “J-Man”. 

Topics discussed included: state politics, aspects of Assemblyman Goldfeder’s personal life, Rockaway’s 23rd District, transportation issues (ferry service and the proposed railway), concerns of people on the east and west end of the peninsula, some of the major projects and/or proposals for his district, youth and politics and his views on the launch of Rockaway Primetime.

We thank Assemblyman Goldfeder for granting us an opportunity to discuss issues that are not only vital to Rockaway Primetime, but all residents of the Rockaway community.