FULL ROCKAWAY BOARDWALK TO OPEN THIS WEEKEND FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE SUPERSTORM SANDY

 

The City today announced that – for the first time since Superstorm Sandy — the full Rockaway Boardwalk will be open in time for the July 4th holiday weekend, including the latest section from Beach 117th Street to Beach 126th Street. With this newest section open, New Yorkers will be able to enjoy a continuous connection spanning from Beach 9th Street to Beach 126th Street – approximately 5.5 miles. Regular swimming operations will be in effect starting Saturday, July 2.

 

“The reopening of the entire Rockaway Boardwalk is a major milestone for the Rockaway community – and for all New Yorkers,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP. “Because our waterfront parks are our first line of defense against the effects of climate change, we have built back stronger and smarter, setting a new standard for shoreline protection.”

 

In the Fall of 2016, construction will resume on the final section of boardwalk, from Beach 19th Street to Beach 39th Street.  This section is currently open, and intact with repairs made immediately after Sandy. The boardwalk will be entirely completed as new construction by Memorial Day 2017.

 

The new boardwalk, which started construction in April 2014, will set a global standard for resilient shoreline design, while providing the Rockaway community with a beautiful, functional beachfront. The project is being integrated into a multi-layered system of coastal protection that will resist future weather events and account for the long-term effects of climate change. It is constructed with a steel-reinforced concrete deck, fixed to steel pipe support piles that elevate it above the 100-year flood plain. Multiple layers of protection are also being integrated into the boardwalk design, including approximately six miles of planted dunes. A concrete retaining wall is being constructed underneath the boardwalk to keep the beach’s sand in place and prevent it from entering the community. Much of the new boardwalk’s appearance – including its sand-colored decking, brightly colored ramps and designated bike lane – was decided during a series of collaborative design sessions with Rockaway residents.

 

As New York City’s largest beach, Rockaway attracts millions of visitors each year.  Recently, the destination has become well known for its varied concessions along the boardwalk, which sell food and drinks from around the world, including Peruvian, Bolivian, Caribbean and Central Asian fare. The Lola Starr Souvenir Shop sells Rockaway themed merchandise and renting beach equipment at Beach 32 Street and Beach 60 Street.  NYC Parks will also host community events, free Shape Up NYC fitness classes and nature programming in Rockaway all summer long.

Letter to Primetime: Family Wants Fair Trial And Justice.

Letter to the editor, Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet

Percy West has been in prison since he was 19 years old. He was sentenced to 132 1/2 years to life and, this is absolutely outrageous. His co-defendant received only 8 years . He has been in prison for 23 years now. I believe he should have been given time served, however we need legal assistance. At his trial he had an  appointed attorney who misrepresented him. He never told Percy that he would be facing this much time if he went to trial. Initially, they offered Percy a plea bargain of 6 to 12 years , by the time he reconsidered; they took the plea back where he had no choice but to go to trial. He blew trial and was sentenced this excessive time. Percy was arrested for attempted robbery and resisting arrest. We need legal assistance for Percy ASAP. Any kind of assistance, either legal or monetary would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to help or would like to know more information,  or have any questions ,please contact us through message.
If you could hashtag #Justice4PercyWest it would be greatly appreciated

If you have any questions or would like to help, please email
Justice4PercyWest@gmail.com

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Assemblyman Goldfeder Announces Summer Mobile Office Hours

Hamilton Beach, Queens – Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D – Hamilton Beach) is taking his show on the road. Next month, the Assemblyman will kick off his annual summer mobile office tour of neighborhoods across southern Queens and Rockaway. The tour will include stops at local businesses, senior centers, and popular neighborhood parks in an effort to provide families with the opportunity to meet with Assemblyman Goldfeder and discuss concerns in the community.

 

“Every day, my staff and I work very hard to be accountable to the community and assist in any problem large or small,” said Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder. “Holding mobile office hours lets families voice their concerns at times that suit their schedule, and makes government more readily available. I encourage everyone to take advantage of these stops and use the opportunity to address the quality of life concerns affecting their neighborhood.”

 

As in years past, Goldfeder and his staff will set up tables at various locations in the community to provide help to constituents in dealing with government agencies or addressing quality of life concerns. The Assemblyman will also have literature on hand to inform families on topics ranging from city parking regulations and crime prevention tips; to voter registration forms and civics information for area students. The tour will include the following stops:

  • Bayswater: July 6th from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Young Israel of Wavecrest and Bayswater, 27-16 Healy Avenue.
  • Lindenwood: July 21st from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Lindenwood Shopping Center, 82-35 153rd Avenue.
  • Hamilton Beach: July 26th from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department, 102-33 Davenport Court.
  • Far Rockaway: August 1st from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at JASA – Brookdale Village Senior Center, 131 Beach 19th Street.
  • Breezy Point: August 2nd from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the entrance to the Annual Shareholders Meeting, Breezy Point baseball fields.
  • Broad Channel: August 17th from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the All-American Channel Market, 925 Cross Bay Boulevard.
  • Ozone Park: August 23rd from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Centreville Playground, Albert Road and Centreville Street.

 

In addition to these locations, Goldfeder continues to welcome constituents to visit his Rockaway Beach district office at 95-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard and his Howard Beach district office at 162-38 Cross Bay Boulevard.

 

This year’s tour comes shortly after major victories for Goldfeder in the New York State Assembly. This year’s session saw the adoption of a new law aimed at combating so-called zombie properties that have plagued communities across the state in recent years, many stemming from the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. And, in what amounted to the Assemblyman’s last bill in the legislature, a Goldfeder-introduced five-year ban on the dumping of toxic materials into Jamaica Bay passed both houses with overwhelming bipartisan support. The bill now awaits Governor Cuomo’s signature before becoming law.

 

Goldfeder welcomes the opportunity to answer questions about his work on behalf of families in southern Queens and Rockaway, as well as hear what’s on people’s minds.

 

“Whatever the issue, I look forward to meeting with families and working together to building a better future,” concluded Goldfeder.

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Hamilton Beach, Queens – Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D – Hamilton Beach) is taking his show on the road. Next month, the Assemblyman will kick off his annual summer mobile office tour of neighborhoods across southern Queens and Rockaway. The tour will include stops at local businesses, senior centers, and popular neighborhood parks in an effort to provide families with the opportunity to meet with Assemblyman Goldfeder and discuss concerns in the community.

 

“Every day, my staff and I work very hard to be accountable to the community and assist in any problem large or small,” said Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder. “Holding mobile office hours lets families voice their concerns at times that suit their schedule, and makes government more readily available. I encourage everyone to take advantage of these stops and use the opportunity to address the quality of life concerns affecting their neighborhood.”

 

As in years past, Goldfeder and his staff will set up tables at various locations in the community to provide help to constituents in dealing with government agencies or addressing quality of life concerns. The Assemblyman will also have literature on hand to inform families on topics ranging from city parking regulations and crime prevention tips; to voter registration forms and civics information for area students. The tour will include the following stops:

  • Bayswater: July 6th from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Young Israel of Wavecrest and Bayswater, 27-16 Healy Avenue.
  • Lindenwood: July 21st from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Lindenwood Shopping Center, 82-35 153rd Avenue.
  • Hamilton Beach: July 26th from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department, 102-33 Davenport Court.
  • Far Rockaway: August 1st from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at JASA – Brookdale Village Senior Center, 131 Beach 19th Street.
  • Breezy Point: August 2nd from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the entrance to the Annual Shareholders Meeting, Breezy Point baseball fields.
  • Broad Channel: August 17th from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the All-American Channel Market, 925 Cross Bay Boulevard.
  • Ozone Park: August 23rd from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Centreville Playground, Albert Road and Centreville Street.

 

In addition to these locations, Goldfeder continues to welcome constituents to visit his Rockaway Beach district office at 95-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard and his Howard Beach district office at 162-38 Cross Bay Boulevard.

 

This year’s tour comes shortly after major victories for Goldfeder in the New York State Assembly. This year’s session saw the adoption of a new law aimed at combating so-called zombie properties that have plagued communities across the state in recent years, many stemming from the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. And, in what amounted to the Assemblyman’s last bill in the legislature, a Goldfeder-introduced five-year ban on the dumping of toxic materials into Jamaica Bay passed both houses with overwhelming bipartisan support. The bill now awaits Governor Cuomo’s signature before becoming law.

 

Goldfeder welcomes the opportunity to answer questions about his work on behalf of families in southern Queens and Rockaway, as well as hear what’s on people’s minds.

 

“Whatever the issue, I look forward to meeting with families and working together to building a better future,” concluded Goldfeder.

 

 

Weekly News From The Mayor de Blasio’s Administration

Street fairs are annual community events that offer neighbors and visitors an opportunity to purchase food, goods and services. The Mayor’s Office of Citywide Event Coordination and Management wants to hear from you. Whether or not you have visited these community events, your opinion matters! Share your thoughts about street fairs by June 30th atnyc.gov/streetfairsurvey

 

Weekly Overview 

 

New Yorkers came together

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to mourn the Orlando tragedy… the Crane Safety Technical Working Group issued new recommendations to prevent crane collapses…East Harlem is gettinghealthier… Assistant Press Secretary Raul Contreras shared his story about DACA on the anniversary of Obama’s Executive Action… more students will now have access to AP courses as part of the Mayor’s Equity and Excellence initiatives…Citywide Ferry is moving full speed ahead…NYCHA residents got new exterior lighting

 

And for those that missed it, the First Lady, actress Cynthia Nixon, Commissioners and City Hall staff read the Stanford rape survivor’s letter live on Facebook   to show support for all those who have experienced sexual assault.

 

The Details

 

Stonewall Vigil – The City came together to mourn the horrific loss of life in Orlando. Thousands gathered to hold a vigil for the 49 victims. City Hall and the Municipal Building were lit up in Pride colors to show solidarity with the LGBT community in Orlando and around the world. The Mayor and Police Commissioner continue to speak to the increased steps the City is taking to keep New Yorkers safe.

 

Keeping NYCHA Residents Safe – Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the completion of 305 new LED light fixtures across Brooklyn’s Bushwick Houses as part of the Mayor’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety (MAP). In its first year, the MAP strategy brought physical improvements to public housing and facilitated joint problem-solving between police and residents. The results so far have been promising. Between fiscal years 2014 and 2015, New York City saw a 6.9 percent decrease in violent crime, while violent crime in the 15 MAP developments dropped by 11.2 percent. Additionally, in March, MOCJ announced a comprehensive study in which 40 public housing developments will receive 400 exterior lights in an effort to evaluate the effect of light on crime.

 

Crane Safety – The Crane Safety Technical Working Group, appointed by Mayor de Blasio and Buildings Commissioner Chandler following February’s crane collapse, issued 23 recommendations to improve crane safety. Among other measures, the Working Group recommends equipping cranes with the latest technology and phasing out older cranes; increasing industry accountability for crane operations; and requiring more training for those who operate the largest cranes. Commissioner Chandler called these recommendations “solid, sensible, and doable.”

 

AP for All –DOE announced that 63 high schools will offer new Advanced Placement courses, including 35 that previously offered no AP courses during the 2015-16 school year. The expansion comes in the first full year of the AP for All Initiative, one of the eight initiatives in Mayor de Blasio’s Equity and Excellence agenda. The goal of AP for All is to increase college readiness among New York City students; research has shown that the rigor of these courses and exams better prepare students for college. Through AP for All, 75 percent of high school students will have access to at least five AP classes by fall 2018 and all high school students will have access by fall 2021. 

 

Violations in non-cluster homeless shelters dramatically reduced – The Shelter Repair Scorecard for May revealed that the Shelter Repair Squad and shelter providers have cut outstanding building violations in non-cluster homeless shelters by 27 percent over the last month. Since the end of January 2016, open violations in non-cluster shelters are down 69 percent.

 

Leading Training Program for Medical Examiners – The New York Times profileda fellowship program at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME), which has established the national model for training forensic pathologists. Since 1990, the program has produced 100 medical examiners, including current and former chief medical examiners in more than 20 jurisdictions, and helped to insulate New York City from the pressing national shortage of board-certified forensic pathologists, where only about 500 such experts exist nationwide. The majority of medical examiners trained at OCME have been women.

 

Raising DACA’s Importance To New York City – June 15, 2016 marked the fourth year since the implementation of President Obama’s first executive action on immigration, DACA.  Member cities of Mayor de Blasio’s Cities for Action coalition joined MOIA and other city agencies in a social media campaign that explains why #DACAWorks. The Supreme Court is expected to rule in the next two weeks on the legality of the executive action.

 

East Harlem Health Neighborhoods – DOHMH, in partnership with the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) and Mount Sinai Hospital, awarded $225,000 to nine community-based organizations for community activation projects at the East Harlem Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative Health in Action Summit. The goal  of the projects are to enhance neighborhood health, such as increasing access to affordable healthy foods, improving the built environment, linking residents to community services, and bolstering economic opportunities.

 

Citywide Ferry – Citywide Ferry took another big step forward, with Mayor de Blasio releasing renderings of the modern, efficient boats that will be used when the service launches in summer of 2017. Go tocitywide ferry to learn more and to enter for a chance to win a free annual pass!

Goldfeder Endorses Stacey Pheffer Amato for New York State Assembly 23rd District

Rockaway Beach, Queens – During my five years in office, we have been able to come together as a community and work to improve the lives of families across southern Queens and Rockaway. For all our progress, there is still so much work left to do. That’s why it’s important that we have a strong voice for our families who will fight for the issues that matter most.

 
Stacey Pheffer Amato will be that strong voice who will continue our work to ensure every family can recover from Sandy, have access to transportation, and look forward to a better future for themselves and their children. Audrey Pheffer was a mentor to me and if her experience is any indication, I have no doubt her daughter Stacey will be an equally great advocate for our community. I’m proud to enthusiastically endorse Stacey Pheffer Amato for the New York State Assembly and I urge everyone to join me in supporting her in the upcoming election.

Sanders Votes Against SUNY Trustees Citing Diversity Concerns

State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village) yesterday voted against confirming new trustees for the State University of New York (SUNY) citing concerns about a lack of diversity within the group and across New York State authorities.

While Sanders believes the new appointees are highly qualified and wishes them the best, he could not in good conscience perpetuate a system that excludes people of color, whether deliberately or unintentionally.

Presently the SUNY board of trustees is comprised of 17 members – 14 white men, 2 black men,  1 white woman, and 1 Cuban woman. The members are appointed by the governor, with the consent of the senate. This year’s nominations are: Robert Duffy, Courtney Burke and Edward Spiro, all of whom are Caucasian. They were confirmed by the senate despite the opposition.

Sanders cited information distributed by the New York State Assembly Puerto Rican and Hispanic Task Force, which highlighted dated showing the lack of diversity among New York State Authorities. In a 2015 survey of 451 board members from 43 state authorities, 87.3 percent were white, 6 percent were black, 4 percent were Hispanic and 2 percent were Asian. As of the 2010 census, New York State has a population of 19,378,102 people, 12,740,974 (65.7%) white and 3,073,800 (15.9%) black.

“Our great university system should have representation as diverse as our great state,” Sanders said. “When we look at the numbers, something doesn’t add up. There are striking discrepancies between the demographics of our state and its representation in state authorities. We can, and should, do better.”

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Council Member Richards Announces the Next Program in the Far Rockaway Anti-Gun Violence Initiative

WHO: Council Member Donovan Richards (D-Far Rockaway); NYPD Community Affairs Unit; Local leaders


WHAT:
  Council Member Richards will be announcing the next part of his effort to eliminate gun violence in Far Rockaway. Last year, he ensured that a group of programs received funding through Mayor de Blasio’s anti-gun violence initiative to create a well-rounded approach to combating gun violence in the Rockaways. Through Safe Space’s cure violence and mental health programs, Rockaway Development Revitalization Corporation’s Justice Plus program, ENACT’s school conflict mediation at PS/MS 183 and PS/MS 42 and the violence interrupters program, these initiatives aim to make a difference by decreasing crime on the ground floor of the community.

 

WHERE: Macedonia Baptist Church located at 330 Beach 67th St., Arverne, NY

 

WHEN: Friday, June 17, 2016 at 11:30 a.m.

Marine Parkway Bridge Will Be Closed Early Morning Hours, June 20-29, 2016

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All Traffic Will Be Detoured to Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge
The Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge will be fully closed to traffic from 12:01 a.m. until 5:00 a.m. on:

Monday, June 20
Tuesday, June 21
Wednesday, June 22
Thursday, June 23
Friday, June 24
Monday, June 27
Tuesday, June 28
Wednesday, June 29

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 Veterans Memorial Bridge as a detour during the closure periods.

The closures are required to allow for maintenance and testing operations on the lift mechanism of the bridge.

Motorists can sign up for MTA e-mail or text alerts at www.mta.info and check the Bridges and Tunnels homepage or Facebook page for the latest information on this planned work.

Friends of the Beach 59th Street Playground – Count down to Summer Fun!!!

Join us Next Saturday, the first Saturday of Summer, June 25, at 11:15 a.m. as we gather on the steps of the Rockaway YMCA to walk with Rockaways’ very own Lisa G along the Boardwalk to the Beach 59th Street Playground for a day of fun and fitness beginning with an exciting Zumba session in the Playground!!
Don’t miss it!! Bring family and friends!!!
We’ll see you there!!
Your Friends at the Beach 59th Street Playground.
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Sanders’ Bill to Increase Fines for Parking Illegally in a Handicapped Spot Passes Senate

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Today the New York State Senate unanimously passed, by a vote of 62-0, legislation introduced by State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village), which would increase the fine for repeat offenders who illegally park in a space designated for a handicapped person.

Sanders’ legislation (S3778) would amend the vehicle and traffic law to state that anyone who is guilty of a second violation, within 2 years of the first violation and occurring within the same municipality, would pay between $75 and $200. This represents an increase from the current maximum fine of $150. The fine for an initial violation is between $50 and $75, which remains unchanged by the bill.

“No able bodied person should be taking away a parking spot from a handicapped individual, whether it’s for convenience or any other reason,” Sanders said. “These reserved areas are particularly important in large cities like New York where spots are scarce and many disabled and elderly people need close access to places like doctors’ offices, supermarkets and banks.

A companion bill (A207) has been introduced in the Assembly by Assembly Member David McDonough (D-Bellmore). If it passes, it will move on to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.