Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge Closed To All Traffic Thursday morning, May 19th, 12:01 AM to 5 AM

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The Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge will be fully closed to all traffic during the early morning hours on Thursday, May 19, for maintenance work on the bridge’s lift span.

The closure will take place from 12:01 a.m. through 5:00 a.m. All traffic will be detoured to the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge during this time. The exception is the Q35 bus, which will have special arrangements for crossing.

Electronic signs will be placed along the Belt Parkway and Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn and along Rockaway Point Blvd. and Beach Channel Drive in the Rockaways, notifying motorists to use the Cross Bay Bridge.

Customers should sign up for MTA customer email/text message alerts or to check the Service Status box at www.mta.info for the latest on closures and planned work at MTA’s seven bridges and two tunnels.

Assemblyman Goldfeder Makes Streets Safer for Beach Channel Students

Goldfeder secures permanent NYPD crossing guard outside Beach Channel Educational Campus after penning letter to Commissioner Bratton

 

100th Precinct Commander confirms guard assigned to intersection frequently a concern for parents, teachers and drivers at school dismissal time

Rockaway Beach, Queens – Students at the Beach Channel Educational Campus will now have a second set of well-trained eyes to help them look both ways while crossing the street. In response to a request by Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D – Rockaway), the NYPD has agreed to place permanent School Crossing Guards on Beach Channel Drive at the entrance to the school to improve student safety.

 

“Beach Channel Drive has always been one of our busiest roads and sadly, our students too often take their chances crossing when they shouldn’t. This new permanent crossing guard will help prevent accidents and ensure our students remain safe on their way to and from school,” said Assemblyman Goldfeder. “I applaud Commissioner Bratton and our own 100th Precinct Commanding Officer Janice Holmes for providing this valuable service to the community.”

In a recent letter, Police Commissioner William Bratton responded to Assemblyman Goldfeder’s request for a permanent School Crossing Guard at the intersection of Beach Channel Drive and Beach 101st Street near the Beach Channel Educational Campus. The Commissioner assured Goldfeder that street safety is of “great concern” to the NYPD, adding that each precinct commander is responsible for monitoring and adjusting School Guard coverage within each command.

Having been informed of the request by the Commissioner’s office and in conversation with Goldfeder’s staff, Captain Janice Holmes, the Commanding Officer of the 100th Precinct, which covers the campus, confirmed for the Assemblyman that a crossing guard would be placed at the school. Captain Holmes noted during the Precinct Community Council meeting last week that the new crossing guard had already been assigned to the post and would begin shortly. For his part, Goldfeder had words of praise for the recently-appointed Holmes.

 

“In little more than a month, Captain Holmes has gone above and beyond in responding to families’ concerns and working to keep us safe. The school year may almost be over but that means beach season is just around the corner and with the Captain and her officers we’re in good hands,” concluded Goldfeder. 

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Rockaway Beach, Queens – 100th Precinct Commanding Officer Captain Janice Holmes (right) recently confirmed the placement of a permanent School Crossing Guard outside the Beach Channel Educational Campus in response to a request by Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (left).

 

SENATE PASSES BILL CO-SPONSORED BY ADDABBO TO PROVIDE VETERANS WITH OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE UP TO THREE YEARS OF RETIREMENT CREDIT

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Howard Beach, NY (May 17, 2016) Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. recently joined with his Senate colleagues in once again approving legislation (S.7160) he co-sponsors to provide all active state public employee veterans with the opportunity to purchase up to three years of pension credit prior to retirement, a benefit that is now only available to former members of the armed forces who served during certain specified conflicts

 

“This legislation, which would provide pension buy back equity for public employee veterans who served their country at times not now specified in state law, has been vetoed by the Governor twice in recent years for fiscal reasons,” said Addabbo,who serves as the ranking member on the Senate Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs. “While we had hoped and expected to see this program included this year as part of the 2016-17 State Budget enacted on April 1, it didn’t happen. Now, we go forward with the expectation that the Governor’s pledge to negotiate a final veteran pension credit bill will be realized by the end of the 2016 legislative session in mid-June.”

 

Addabbo, who has co-sponsored the legislation for several years, added, “All of our public employee veterans, regardless of where or when they wore the uniform, deserve our gratitude and the opportunity to purchase the pension credit they lost while serving all of us in the armed forces.”

 

The proposal, which was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate and Assembly over the last two years but vetoed by Governor Cuomo, would enable public employee veterans who served in peacetime – as well as a number of conflicts in Somalia, Bosnia, Haiti, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Korean DMZ – to buy the pension credits for their military service. Eligible veterans, who must have been honorably discharged, would need at least five years of credited public service before applying for the credits. The bill provides $24.8 million to pay for the service credits and is now under consideration by the Assembly Ways and Means Committee.

 

Currently, the New York State Military Service Credit Law applies to veterans who served in World War II, the Vietnam War and the Korean War, as well as to servicemen and women who earned certain expeditionary medals during conflicts in Lebanon, Grenada and Panama. Other eligible veterans include those who served in the Theater of operations including Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, Persian Gulf, Red Sea and the airspace above these locations beginning in August 1990.

 

“I am disappointed that this assistance for our veterans was not included in the Governor’s budget and that he vetoed the previous bills,”said Addabbo. “I am hopeful 2016 will finally be the year when the Governor and Legislature join together to approve this measure and provide pension equity for all former members of the armed forces employed in the public sector, regardless of time of military service. Doing so will show appreciation for all of our public-employee veterans and allow them to buy back some of their military service as they approach retirement. It was the right thing to do in 2014 and 2015, and it’s the right thing to do in 2016.”

Team Goldfeder Welcomes Rockaway Brewing Co. to Arverne

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Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (with 4-pack) and (left to right) Bella Pori, Ethan Long, Marcus Burnett, Eugene Shvartsman, Amanda Kernozek and Jon Greenfield at the new Rockaway Brewing Co. facility on Beach 72nd Street in Arverne.

Arverne, Queens – Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and his staff celebrated the homecoming of the community’s namesake Rockaway Brewing Company, which is set to open a new tasting room and brewing facility this summer in Arverne. Goldfeder had previously toured co-owners Ethan Long and Marcus Burnett’s original Long Island City facility, which the two opened after a stint as home brewers based in Far Rockaway.

Queens Public Transit Committee To Rally At MTA Open House Meeting In Arverne

The Queens Public Transit Committee will rally, rain or shine for the QueensRail at the DOT and MTA Select Bus Service open house forums on Tuesday, May 17 from 6 to 8 p.m., at PS/MS 42 Robert Vernam School, 488 Beach 66th St, Arverne, New York 11692.

Additional rallies will follow on Saturday, May 21 at PS 65 in Ozone Park and Wednesday, May 25 at PS 306 in Woodhaven.

Stop Select Bus Service and the QueensWay!

Promote the QueensRail!

DOT plans to take away our Q 52 and Q 53 bus stops, (Beach 105, 101, 98, 86, W 5th Road and Atlantic Avenue bus stops), traffic lanes, left turns, parking, lower speed limits, move bus stops onto dangerous medians and increase unfair tickets for Queens commuters.

Rally at DOT Select Bus Service open house.  Bring posters.  Unite Queens with the QueensRail, Stop Select BS, give us back our train and our roadways, don’t take away our bus stops or traffic lanes, stop Vision Zero Gridlock!  Share the roadway, don’t steal the roadway!  Demand the QueensRail!  Unite and get organized.
Call or text Queens Public Transit Committee at  718-679-5309.

Tell DOT,  No to Select Bus Service.  We need the QueensRail not DOT gimmicks.

Weekly Update From The Mayor’s Office Of Community Affairs

Weekly Overview

 

The Mayor’s push to keep NYC schools on track is in full swing…the NYPD recorded the safest April in history…underused NYCHAproperties will see more affordable housing…shelter repair squads continue to make a difference…we’ll have an innovation hub at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and a revitalized Pier 57 along the Hudson River…DOC is in the community recruiting, while DOF is helping Flushing seniors afford rent and the First Lady is heading to Washington to talk mental health.

 

The Details

 

Mayoral Control of Our Schools – Continued improvement of New York City schools relies on the continuation of mayoral control of the system. The reforms and accountability that have helped secure record-setting progress in our schools would not have been possible without mayoral control.  With state lawmakers once again considering whether to grant an extension to this vital authority, the Mayor and a bipartisan coalition of education allies are working around the clock to make the case against returning the system to the dysfunctional control of local school boards.

 

Crime Declines – Building on the City’s safest quarter on record, the Mayor and Police Commissioner have announced that April was the safest April in modern history, with crime falling more than 4% compared to April of last year.

 

Affordable Housing on NYCHA Properties –NYCHA, HPD and three affordable housing developers are working together to create nearly 500 affordable apartments on underused NYCHA properties in Brooklyn and the Bronx. The City has announced the selection of development partners for housing at the Ingersoll Houses in the Fort Greene, the Van Dyke Houses in Brownsville, and the Mill Brook Houses in Mott Haven. In addition to affordable senior and family housing, the design plans include community centers and programming supporting NYCHA residents and the surrounding communities.

 

Shelter Repair Squads Continue to Show Results – New shelter repair squads and shelter providers have cut outstanding building code violations at non-cluster shelters by 23 percent over the last month. Since the end of January 2016, open violations in non-cluster shelters are down 57 percent.

 

Pier 57 Revitalization – Rehabilitation work is now underway at Hudson River Park’s Pier 57, where a privately funded $350 million revitalization of a long-empty historic pier will pave the way for public and commercial use and generate millions of dollars to help maintain Hudson River Park. With its new role as the anchor tenant of Pier 57, tech giant Google will further expand a Manhattan campus already home to more than 5,000 workers.

 

Brooklyn Navy Yard – Ground has been broken at a new tech and innovation hub, Dock 72, marking a major milestone in the 200-year history of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The 675,000 square-foot building will bring $380 million in private investment and 4,000 living wage jobs to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, bringing the de Blasio administration closer to meeting its goal of doubling employment at the modern industrial park by 2020. Dock 72 will serve rapidly emerging technology and creative industries in Brooklyn. The project will be one of the largest New York City commercial buildings to be constructed outside of Manhattan in decades.

 

Dept. of Corrections Career Fair – Hundreds of local residents filled out applications for non-uniform career-track jobs at the Department of Correction’s first agency-wide career fair. From those interested in serving as cooks and mechanics to social workers and attorneys, qualified candidates were eligible for on-the-spot interviews Saturday at York College in Jamaica, Queens. The agency will also host a career fair for veterans and active-duty military personnel and their spouses later this month.

 

Dept. of Finance & SCRIE – The Department of Finance has kicked off a month-long series of events aimed at enrolling eligible seniors in the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption, better known as SCRIE. SCRIE is a New York City program that freezes the regulated rent of eligible senior tenants, providing crucial financial assistance to some of the City’s most vulnerable residents.

 

First Lady McCray Goes to Washington – In conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Month, First Lady Chirlane McCray will travel to Washington, D.C. this week to meet with key congressional members working to improve our nation’s mental health services. In addition to meeting with congressional members of the Mental Health Caucus, the First Lady will host a leadership discussion on minority mental health for TriCaucus members, and she will lead a briefing on mental health for New York City’s congressional delegation.

Assemblywoman Titus,oral testimony to Notice of Public Hearing on Worker Safety Programs in New York State

Assemblywoman Titus, hearing oral testimony during Notice of Public Hearing on Worker Safety Programs in New York State- April 28, 2016

Assemblywoman Michele Titus, Chair of Assembly Standing Committee on Labor; the Subcommittee on Workplace Safety, Assembly Commission on Skills Development And  Career Education held a public hearing on effective workplace safety programs. The purpose of this hearing was to hear testimony regarding the utilization of workplace training and safety programs to examine best practices for workplace safety and evaluate opportunities for additional worker training.

“With your expertise in this particular area..I’d like to ask you to  describe any recent trends showing employer violations and are there any data showing any new trends in the ways that employers are violating the law,” Assemblymember Titus, asked Evan Goldberg, President of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (NYSTLA). (Public Hearing Notice)  ” Thank you to those who have already spoken up regarding this very important issue, and thank you in advance to those who still plan on doing so in our upcoming hearings. We truly appreciate all of your input, which will allow us to proceed accordingly in the months and years to come as we are looking to improve the safety programs  for all workers in New York State.

Click on link to preview:http://assembly.state.ny.us/user/cis/Titus1WorkSafeHrg4-27.mp4

Not Everyone in Rockaway Needs or is Worth Saving!

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By Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet (“J-Man”)

Have you ever helped someone out and then realized you were only being used to fulfill an agenda?

Now, I imagine some of you ;might be thinking, “What in the world?!”

Some of you may find the question a bit shocking or even extreme, especially since it’s being posed by a member of Rockaway’s “youth brigade”. Well, my generation, as illustrated through organizations like “Black Lives Matter”, refuses to remain passive or silent while acts of disrespect and injustice are being committed. Sadly, as a result of managing this site, I’ve come to realize that I was just a pawn in sick and twisted game of “community chess” for certain people. 

Let this commentary serve as a warning! There are people and organizations in this community that will have you believe they need to be saved on some level, but the fact of the matter is they’re PLOTTING and have ulterior motives. More often than not, those motives are sinister in nature.

Call me naïve, but there was a time when I thought everyone around me was righteous. I probably felt that way because I always saw the good in people, despite their flaws, and I would go out of my way to help them. Truth be told, I still do whatever I can to help. However, “Father Time” has been an excellent teacher. Now that I’m getting older and smarter, I understand that some people can’t be helped or simply aren’t worth saving. My father told me that when I was little. He died nearly three weeks ago, and his words have even greater meaning now that he’s gone. Most importantly, I’ve come to understand that people who approach you with outstretched hands may not need as much help as they claim. In other words, they’re only trying to see what they can get or, in the worst case scenario, they’re trying to see just how far they can go with taking advantage of you or a situation.

In my role as a reporter, I’ve been approached by many people. Most have been ethical, honest and have very good standing in the community. Moreover, they always took a moment to acknowledge me as someone doing something positive for Rockaway. I’ve also come in contact with so-called “pillars of the community” (POC) who constantly bitch and moan about how they’re being ignored or slighted in some way. Despite repeated warnings from extremely credible and exceptional sources, I listened to the POC sob stories and devoted a lot of time and attention to them. Ultimately, I decided to help them because they were very convincing and the good guy in me felt it was the right thing to do. Sounds reasonable, right?

After providing them with continuous coverage, and the community backlash that followed, I realized I was being placed in an uncomfortable position. I was forced to ask myself some hard questions. “Is it possible that certain people are trying to get me to use my news site solely for their advantage?” “Are people trying to get over on me simply because of my age and the fact that I’m just starting out?” It was very hard to accept, but I realized I was being used.

Again, I helped these people by writing countless stories and updates. It got to the point where people in the community were asking me if I was a reporter or public relations representative. It was clear, to me and many in Rockaway, that they were using me to fulfill their selfish agenda of making money and conquering those they considered enemies. I made a mistake by trusting them and have taken immediate action to correct the situation. 

My job as a reporter is NOT to advocate for any specific cause or organization. My job is to raise awareness about your cause and possibly put you in contact with people who can help or advocate on your behalf. Make no mistake; I’ll still help people through this news site. But I’m not going to let anyone use or insult me any longer! Don’t think you can take advantage of my age, or the fact that I’m just starting out as a reporter, to accomplish your agenda.

Let me make one thing very clear to the whiny, little POC. I may be young, but I’m not stupid and have a legion of people that believe in and support me. Too bad the same can’t be said for you. Thankfully, most of the people that I’ve interacted with have been very kind and respectful. They’ve also expressed interest in working with me and this site on some level, which has helped me to overcome the negative experiences and people.

Don’t be the next victim. The so-called POC are out there….and they’re PLOTTING how they can get you to join them or do their bidding! As the late, great Steve Jobs said, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”