Nurses and Healthcare Workers Declare Stacey Pheffer Amato Best to Lead Assembly District 23

1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, largest labor union in New York State, and New York State Nurses Association, the state’s largest nurses union, announce endorsement of 23rd Assembly District candidate Stacey Pheffer Amato, citing dedication to ensuring quality healthcare and access to jobs for every family


Pheffer Amato: Quality healthcare is the right of every Queens family


Rockaway Beach, Queens – Stacey Pheffer Amato, candidate for State Assembly District 23, continues to build on her strong credentials as the champion of working families with her endorsement this week by both 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East and the New York State Nurses Association. In announcing their endorsements, both unions praised Pheffer Amato’s dedication to fighting for quality healthcare and employment opportunities in communities that have in recent years seen the devastating closure of a local hospital.


“We are proud to endorse Stacey Pheffer Amato for New York State Assembly,” said Helen Schaub, 1199SEIU Vice President for Policy and Legislation. “Stacey’s commitment to ensuring every family receives the best possible healthcare makes her the clear champion of working New Yorkers and the values we hold dear. At a time when healthcare is transforming, she will ‎fight for access to needed services and high quality jobs. Stacey will be a powerful voice in Albany for the working people of Queens.”



“Stacey Pheffer Amato is the clear choice to represent southern Queens and Rockaway in the New York State Assembly,” said Marva Wade RN, NYSNA 1st Vice-President and Chairperson of the NYSNA-PAC. “Stacey understands that providing our registered nurses with the tools they need is essential to ensuring quality healthcare for New York families, and we know that she will stand with us in Albany to fight for quality healthcare for all.”


“I am honored to have the endorsement of the men and women of 1199SEIU and the New York State Nurses Association,” said Stacey Pheffer Amato, candidate for New York State Assembly. “Quality healthcare is the right of every Queens family and our nurses and healthcare workers truly are the frontline in this fight. I am proud to stand with them as we ensure our communities remain strong and healthy now and in the future.”


1199SEIU is the largest union in New York and the largest healthcare worker union in the nation. It’s 220,000 New York City nurses and healthcare workers include staff at the many hospitals, nursing homes, homecare programs, pharmacies, urgent care facilities and clinics that dot neighborhoods across southern Queens and Rockaway. The union has also been a leading advocate in the long-planned upgrades to emergency room facilities at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway, the area’s only hospital following the closure of Peninsula Hospital in 2012.


The New York State Nurses Association represents 40,000 frontline nurses dedicated to providing healthcare for all. The Association is New York’s largest union and professional association for registered nurses, and has been a vocal advocate for ensuring adequate staffing at hospitals as a key to improving healthcare across the state.


Given the lingering specter of Peninsula’s closure and a growing senior population across southern Queens and Rockaway, healthcare is a primary concern to voters in the 23rd Assembly District. The community is home to one of the city’s largest senior populations, making access to quality healthcare a necessity for thousands of families. As the candidate of the community’s healthcare workers and nurses, Pheffer Amato stands to be a strong advocate for communities in southern Queens and Rockaway, which continue to rebuild vital resources following the devastation of Superstorm Sandy.


With the endorsements of 1199SEIU and the New York State Nurses Association, Pheffer Amato continues to build support among the state’s largest labor unions. The news comes on the heel of a recent high-profile endorsement by the Transport Workers Union Local 100, which has been a driving force in the effort to reactivate the Rockaway Beach Rail Line and improve transportation in communities long suffering from limited transit resources.


Rockaway Beach, Queens – Stacey Pheffer Amato, candidate for State Assembly District 23, continues to build on her strong credentials as the champion of working families with her endorsement this week by both 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East and the New York State Nurses Association. In announcing their endorsements, both unions praised Pheffer Amato’s dedication to fighting for quality healthcare and employment opportunities in communities that have in recent years seen the devastating closure of a local hospital.


Tennis Star Puig wins Puerto Rico’s 1st Olympic gold ever!


By Jeffrey Williams-Masisonet

Rio 2016 has been a Olympics to remember when it comes to first-time-history.

Monica Puig  won the first-ever gold medal for Puerto Rico, defeating Angelique Kerber of Germany, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, in the women’s singles final.

There was joy and disbelief for Puig, being that she never got pass the forth round in her professional career.

Puig quoted to USA Today, “I couldn’t really believe what just happened,” she said. “It was such an amazing moment.”

Sky’s the limit for Puig as she now made her game known and will now aim her focus on the next major event for tennis which is the US Open in Flushing Queens this month.

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Editor note- As I am a Puerto Rican, it is a great honor to report on Monica Puig AND I am so proud of her accomplishment.



Simone Manuel Becomes The First African-American Win Gold In Individual Swimming.


Simone Manuel became the first African-American to win a gold medal in a Individual swimming event. She finished with a tie to 16-year-old Candian swimmer Penny Oleksiak, with a record time of 50.70 on Thursday night.

Stay tuned as Rio 2016 concludes next week. There should be more history being made for African-Americans from all sports.

Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet

Rio Olympics: Carmelo Anthony becomes all-time leading scorer for Team USA


Carmelo Anthony became the all-time leading scorer in Team USA history on Wednesday, scoring 31 points to pass Lebron James in the United States victory over  Australia, with a 10 point margin 98-88.

Anthony shot 9-of-15 from 3-point range vs. Australia, accounting for over 50 percent of their made 3-pointers as they outscored Australia by 30 points from three. Anthony scored 14 points in the first quarter to take the all-time lead and rallied a long with Cavaliers point Kyire Irving to a 10 point victory.

Team USA faces Serbia Friday at 6 p.m. ET.

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Madison Keys advances to quarterfinals in Rio and could win gold for USA.


According to USA Today reporter Dan Wolken, Team USA tennis player Madison Keys is the only American women standing in the Women’s Singles Olympic competition. Keys can now accomplish what no other American Tennis player has done since the Williams sisters. Of course, that is the gold!

After a rough Olympics for not just the Williams sisters, but for team USA in general. Keys can now turn things around for Team USA as she is only two matches away from gold and one match away from silver.

Keys tells USA Today the following, “I’m just happy I’m on a team with Serena Williams,” Keys said. “It means I was able to get my ranking up and qualify. I knew it was going to be my first Olympics, I knew I was going to be nervous and obviously I haven’t experience this before. So my only expectation was to leave everything on the court and completely fight.”

“I have matured in a lot of ways and maybe haven’t gone for the winner when I’m 10 feet behind the baseline. I think that’s been a huge goal of mine is to be smarter on the court and cut down on the senseless mistakes.”

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Goldfeder, Kopel Fight to Save Beloved Family Business from Rising State Fees

Elected officials go to bat for Five Towns Mini-Golf and Batting Range after state Department of Transportation raises Use & Occupancy fees, refuses to offer stable lease to family-owned business facing closure after nearly 40 years in the community


Goldfeder, Kopel fear loss of ‘community treasure’ will lead to harmful blight along major commercial thoroughfare still struggling to recover from Superstorm Sandy, poor road conditions on Route 878

Far Rockaway, NY – In an effort to save a beloved family fun center from rising rents and crippling state bureaucracy, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D – Far Rockaway) and Nassau County Legislator Howard Kopel (R – Lawrence) today called on the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) to renegotiate steep Use & Occupancy fees applied to the Five Towns Mini-Golf and Batting Range on Rockaway Turnpike in Lawrence. The request came during a morning press conference with owner, Marty Rosen, that was held outside the popular local business. 


“For nearly forty years, Five Towns Mini-Golf and Batting Range has provided wholesome fun and entertainment to thousands of families in our community, including my own,” said Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder. “Local businesses like these are the backbone of our economy and we must ensure that they continue to grow and thrive. I urge the state DOT to step up to the plate and ensure the Rosen family remains a part of our community for years to come.” 


“This is a family-owned business that provides a unique service to the area.  We should be attracting local businesses, not forcing them out.  I am pleased to once again join Assemblyman Goldfeder in bipartisan advocacy for our community,” said Nassau County Legislator Howard Kopel.


During the press conference this morning outside Five Towns Mini-Golf and Batting Range, Assemblyman Goldfeder and Legislator Kopel called on DOT to renegotiate a 150% increase in Use & Occupancy permit fees applied to the small business beginning in April. The legislators warned state officials that the high fees could force the longstanding business to fail, leading to blight along the commercial district on Rockaway Turnpike. To back their claims, both Goldfeder and Kopel pointed to an adjacent former car dealership also in state DOT hands which, for the better part of the last decade, has stood abandoned and covered in tall weeds

Goldfeder and Kopel were joined by batting range owner Marty Rosen, who opened the popular family fun center back in 1978 under a month-to-month lease, revocable at any time, from the state, which owns the land as highway right-of-way. Rosen spoke about the challenges he and his children faced over the years as they worked to build and grow a thriving small business. 


“We have overcome many obstacles,” said Five Towns Mini-Golf and Batting Range Owner Marty Rosen. “Road repair projects, constant traffic issues due to poorly-timed traffic lights and the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Today we are asking the DOT to reconsider its demand and through a compromise allow us to continue to provide unique fun-filled experiences for years to come.”

The elected officials’ request comes after a year-long effort by Goldfeder to seek consideration for the local Rockaway and Nassau County institution. In August 2015, Goldfeder and Rosen met with DOT officials to request a compromise on an impending use & occupancy fees increase from $4,700 per month, to $12,435 per month beginning in April 2016. The meeting also focused on an earlier request by Rosen to seek a long-term Use & Occupancy permit to provide the business additional stability in its recovery from Superstorm Sandy. 


In June, Rosen appealed the permit increase, arguing that extensive roadwork, poor traffic light controls, economic downturns and Hurricane Sandy negatively impacted the business. In response, the DOT regional office wrote to Rosen on July 27, 2016 explaining that it was “constrained to consider only market value” when setting permit fees, and that the appeal was denied. 


First opened in 1978, the Five Towns Mini-Golf and Batting Range has served thousands of families in New York City and Long Island. Over the years, the facility has hosted countless summer camps and birthday parties, as well as visits by baseball greats like Daryl Strawberry and Mookie Wilson. 


In recent years, the Rosen family and other business owners in the community have seen their businesses affected by the devastation of Superstorm Sandy and deteriorated roadway conditions along Route 878 and the Rockaway Turnpike. In 2014, Goldfeder and Kopel joined U.S. Senator Charles Schumer in calling on state DOT to expedite long-awaited repairs to the major thoroughfare and evacuation route. The project, formally called the NY 878 Nassau Expressway Operational Improvement, isn’t expected to be completed until 2021.

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Far Rockaway, NY – Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (center) speaks at a press conference calling on the New York State Department of Transportation to renegotiate burdensome state User & Occupancy fees charged to Five Towns Mini-Golf and Batting Range, a popular family-owned business. Goldfeder is joined by Nassau County Legislator Howard Kopel (right) and batting range owner Marty Rosen. 



NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, today joined Senator James Sanders Jr., and Council Member Donovan Richards to cut the ribbon on improvements to Cardozo Playground, a Jointly Operated Park that is managed by NYC Parks and the New York City Department of Education. The playground is adjacent to the Goldie Maple Academy (PS/MS 333), and serves as the school’s outdoor gym area.

“Being active and involved in sports helps kids to focus, learn team working skills, and stay healthy,” said Commissioner Silver. “Thanks to a $3.2 million renovation, Cardozo Playground has been transformed into an ideal space for students to play and exercise during the school day, with a new track, volleyball and tennis courts, chess tables, and painted games like hop scotch and skully. We’re grateful to Senator Sanders and Council Member Richards for their commitment to improving open space in Far Rockaway.”

Senator James Sanders Jr. said: “I remember a time when this was a barren space. It was in such a bad state that the teachers were using it to park their cars. There was no real place for the children to play or exercise and enjoy themselves. I had a vision of an Olympic-size track and field, basketball courts, tennis – a space that could be used by everyone. I gathered with community leaders, the school’s principal and the parent association and after many years of struggle we made the impossible, possible. Now, we have a place in a community, which is rated among the most obese, that will serve as an oasis of recreation and physical fitness. I want to thank Council Member Richards for sharing my vision and allocating $1 million in funding towards the completion of this project. I would also like to thank the Parks Department and School Construction Authority for their hard work.”

I remember not too long ago, that this beautiful park right here was a barren slab of concrete where teachers parked their cars and now children and seniors from Ocean Bay, Arverne View and nearby homes have a place to relax, unwind, and be active,” said Council Member Donovan Richards (D-Far Rockaway). “These communities now have a park to be proud of and to appreciate. Health and Wellness can now be a focus of our community. I’d like to thank Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver, Bryan McGinn from SCA, Senator James Sanders and all of our local residents who remind me every day about the need for more park space in the Rockaways.”

The $3.2 million improvement project, funded by the Mayor’s Office and the City Council, and managed by the School Construction Authority, included the removal and replacement of playground equipment, 29 new benches, fences, basketball hoops, game tables and adult fitness equipment. A new four lane running track was constructed, with an asphalt infield where kids can play tennis or volleyball. The park was completed with safety surfacing, new planting areas for some greenery, and two new drinking fountains. Construction began in Summer 2014.

Cardozo Playground is named for Benjamin N. Cardozo (1870-1928), a United States Supreme Court Justice and native New Yorker. An eminent figure in the legal community, Cardozo spent most of his career in New York before being appointed to the United States Supreme Court by President Herbert C. Hoover (1874-1964) in 1932. The City of New York acquired this land in April 1955, and the playground was opened in August 1957.


NYPD’S Next Commissioner From Rockaway?

Commentary By Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet

After this week’s shocking report from several news platforms, that former Commissioner of the NYPD Bill Bratton, has announced his resignation from the department.

In recent news, others wonder, who will replace Bratton?

I don’t have the answer of course, I don’t even specialize in this kind of reporting. But, I have an idea on who what be a choice to consider. The person happens to be a Rockaway resident for over 30-40 years and served as a Police Officer and Lieutenant of the 100th Precinct.

That person as already given away, that’s right! Robby Schwach.

Without too much explaining I will invite you to watch this interview of Schwach and see for yourself. Not only do he qualify, but he understands what the NYPD needs as far as community policy, police relations, and solving crime in low-income and minority neighborhoods.

Keep in mind Robby Schwach is an Aid for City Councliman Eric Ulrich. Who is also running for a Mayoral bid against De Blasio. Who knows? Could Ulrich’s choice for Commissioner be Commissioner Schwach? You be the judge by watching the interview below.

The interview was conducted by journalist and former Wave Editor Gary Toms also known as “G-Man”. Robby was invited on G-Man’s show called “The G-Man Interviews”, to talk about bridging the gap between Police and the Pubic.

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