Ozone Park Kiwanis Club Host Christmas Dinner for PS/MS 183Q Families

 

By Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet

 

The Christmas season is a time of happiness and miracles for many. It is also a time when people reflect on the things that truly matter in life and those we love. These sentiments were clearly expressed by volunteers during a holiday dinner for kids and families at PS/MS 183Q, which was provided by the Kiwanis Club of Ozone Park and Principal Jessica Romero.

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“In this season of giving, we cannot forget the people who lack many of the things that so many of us take for granted”, said the group.

The December 21 event consisted of food, snacks, and toy giveaways. Additionally, a group photo was taken in order to convey love, unity and the true meaning of Christmas.

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A bike giveaway raffle was also held by the PS/MS 183Q Parent Association and Ronnie Murchinson, Jr., president of the Rockaway Volunteer Ambulance Corp. Four students were selected as winners.

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“The Kiwanis Club decided to host this event because we wanted to help the school, the students and many needy families. Being a resident of Ozone Park, I visited the Rockaways many times and can say the Rockaways are underserved,” said Kiwanis Club member William Ruiz.

PS/MS 183Q is located at 2-45 Beach 79th Street and currently serves 577 students.

Note: Rockaway Primetime Reporting’s publisher/reporter is an alumnus of the school’s Class of 2010.

 

Rockaway Pipeline Company Track Record of Fatalities.

By Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet

Williams Company, the 4th largest pipeline operator in the US, experienced 3 accidents in rapid succession between Feb-Apr 2014. Keep in mind that the Rockaway Pipeline was operational in April of 2016 and fully installed in 2013 shortly after Sandy. 

On May 15th, 2015 Williams had announced that it started flowing natural gas into New York City, Rockaway included of course.

“As we learned during Superstorm Sandy – and were harshly reminded during these past two record-setting cold winters – a reliable and resilient supply of energy is critical to the local New York and Long Island communities we serve,” said National Grid New York President Ken Daly. “National Grid’s partnership with Williams has enabled us to bring in the first new supply of clean natural gas in decades, which will allow us to meet the energy and environmental needs of customers for many years to come. This new pipeline builds upon our commitment to support the Rockaway communities, as we did in the aftermath of Sandy by awarding economic development grants to thousands of customers and local businesses, as well as rebuilding the entire Breezy Point gas network”, said Williams representative.

The following is a list of growing issues that Williams has had on record since 2003.

 

  • 2003 On May 1,
A 26-inch Williams Companies natural gas transmission pipeline failed near Lake Tapps, Washington. A neighboring elementary school, a supermarket, and 30 to 40 homes in approximately a 4-mile(6.4 km) area were evacuated. Land movement was suspected at first, but the failure was later determined to be from Stress corrosion cracking
  • 2008
 A 30-inch Williams Companies gas pipeline ruptured and gas ignited near Appomattox, Virginia on September 14. 2 homes were destroyed by the fire. External corrosion was the cause of the failure.
  • 2012, on March 5
Williams Partners subsidiary, the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Co. LLC fined $50,000 by PHMSA for failure to follow its own, internal policies related to controlling external corrosion in natural gas pipelines running through the New York City borough of Staten Island. 
  • 2012 On July 23
A compressor station operated by Williams Companies in Windsor, New York was venting gas in a “routine procedure”—during a lightning storm—when the vent was ignited by lightning, causing afireball “hundreds of feet into the air” 
  • 2013 On March 22
 A Williams Companies 24-inch gas gathering pipeline failed in Marshall County, WestVirginia.
  • 2013 Late night on May 14
 An explosion & fire hit a Williams Companies gas compressor station nearBrooklyn Township, Pennsylvania.
  • 2013, On May 30
Branchburg, NJ, Williams compressor station explosion, thirteen workers were injured, two seriously 
  • 2014 March
Williams Northwest Pipeline plant in Plymouth WA, an explosion in March injured five and prompted the evacuation of hundreds of nearby residents and workers. Shrapnel from the explosion pierced aliquefied natural gas storage tank. A leak in the tank was eventually staunched, but neither Williams nor its federal regulator, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration, has explained the cause of the explosion. 
  • 2014, February-March
 Sauvie Island – Portland Oregon, Three gas leak incidents at gas transfer station,  prompted at least three emergency releases of gas to relieve pressure in a pipeline, causing emergency responders in one case to evacuate nearby residents and close a school.
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The company did not notify neighbors or proactively communicate with them about the ongoing problem at the facility for two months, despite repeated gas releases.
Federal safety inspectors did not visit the facility until repeated phone calls from The Oregonian and Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., prompted the agency to deputize state regulators to inspect the facility. 
  • 2014 April
Williams gas processing facility in Opal WY, explosion and fire
forced the evacuation Wednesday of the nearby community of Opal and the closure of its gas operations.
Watch this video on one of Williams Pipeline explosions on ABC News.
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List of Everyone Who Took Money From Rockaway Pipeline Company

By Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet

Williams Partners L.P is the company responsible for placing the Rockaway Pipeline in our community. Putting the risk of ocean life, people, and our environment.

Williams believes that giving money to local nonprofits is a nice way of saying, “Sorry, but not sorry”.

Anyway, the list follows.

5th Cycle Grant Recipients (Spring 2016)

  •  $7,500.00 to the Breezy Point Cooperative, Rockaway Point, NY for the Breezy Point Activity Center Generator
  •  $5,000.00 to the Belle Harbor Yacht Club, Rockaway Park, NY for Beach Channel Drive Park
  •  $7,500.00 to the Martin De Porres High School, Rockaway Park, NY for the Rockaway Pollinator Garden Project
  •  $10,000.00 to Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY for the Today’s Teens, Tomorrow’s Techies Programming 
  • $8,900.00 to People’s Association of Roxbury, Breezy Point, NY for Roxbury Kids Art Camp and Exhibition 
  • $10,000.00 to the Pfc. John G. McLaughlin Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8540, Breezy Point, NY for the Save a Vet – Emergency Rapid Digital Alarm System Installation 
  • $5,000.00 to the Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation, Far Rockaway, NY for Beach 20th Street Pedestrian Plaza Space Activation Initiative 
  • $5,000.00 to Rockaway Little League, Belle Harbor, NY for Fence Project 2016 
  • $6,100.00 to Rockaway Point Association, Rockaway Point, NY, for Beach Wheel Chairs 
  • $15,000.00 to Rockaway Point Volunteer Emergency Services Inc., Rockaway Point, NY for Heating and Cooling Center
  •  $7,500.00 to Rockaway Rising Inc., Far Rockaway, NY for Rockaway Rising Youth Mentorship
  •  $5,000.00 to the Rockaway Rockies Youth Hockey League, Belle Harbor, NY for Youth Organization 
  • $5,000.00 to the Rockaway Rugby Football Club, Rockaway Park, NY for Youth Rugby
  •  $15,000.00 to Rockaway Volunteer Ambulance Search and Rescue Corps, Rockaway Beach, NY for Supplies and Life-saving Equipment
  •  $10,000.00 to Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, Far Rockaway, NY for Project Safe School.

Williams provides natural gas to the New York City area through its Transco pipeline, a 10,200-mile pipeline system which transports natural gas to markets throughout the northeastern and the southeastern United States.

Source- Williams Partners Press release.

 

Mayor’s Office Updates.

Weekly Overview: 

 Our Mayor has continued reminding us of the power of togetherness, and to reaffirm our shared values as New Yorkers. We are #AlwaysNewYork. Last week, the Mayor introduced the city to Officer Aml Elsokary, of the 90th Precinct. She proudly wears her hijab to work. She has served her fellow New Yorkers with distinction; yet, she recently experienced a man allegedly yelling at her and her son, “Go back to your country.” The NYPD acted swiftly: the individual has been arrested and charged. And that is an example of what we will do every time we see an act of bias and hatred.

 

Last week, Mayor de Blasio stopped by the Clearview Senior Center in Bayside to discuss the $183 water bill credit the Water Board approved in April. The water credit is for 600,000 homeowners, all over the City, all five boroughs. This holiday season, DCA issued Holiday Shopping Tips to protect your identity and money… the NYC Commission on Human Rights continues to educate concerned New Yorkers on anti-discrimination protections under the law in the wake of the presidential election, including protections for Muslim, LGBTQ, and immigrant New Yorkers…the Health Department released its 2015 HIV Surveillance Annual Report, which shows there were no HIV infections diagnosed among infants born in NYC in 2015 – a major achievement within the overall elimination of mother-to-child-transmission of HIV…Small Business Services launched the NYC Building Operator Training Program to help residential buildings cut energy costs by up to 20 percent…the “Look Before You Eat” campaign is reminding New Yorkers to look for the sodium warning icons on menus…we’re growing the City’s electric vehicle fleet with 50 new GM Chevy Bolts…NYCEDC announced that Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center will be the first awardee to receive the City’s Industrial Developer Fund… NYCHA completed one of the biggest capital improvements projects in its portfolio, placing new roofs on all 26 residential buildings at Queensbridge Houses, the largest public housing development in the nation…Health Department issued a Health Alert this week informing health care providers that four additional babies have been born with congenital Zika virus syndrome in New York City since the Department announced the first case of Zika-related microcephaly in July…DCA, MOIA and Make the Road took to the streets to educate New Yorkers about immigration services fraud and to “PROTECT yourself, REPORT fraud, and SEEK help”…the Health Department is calling for blood equity, which could help save the lives of more than 1.8 million people…the Buildings Department canvassed neighborhoods citywide as part of its Living Safely program, distributing multi-lingual flyers on the dangers of illegal conversions… the Health Department hosted the third annual R.E.D. (Remembering. Empowering. Doing.) Ball…CUNY students are receiving paid, on-the-job experience and exposure to the many pathways open to them in our city’s vibrant cultural sector… the Schools Chancellor celebrated Computer Science Education Week in Brooklyn…NYCEDC and Hornblower unveiled the completion of the first Citywide Ferry Vessel superstructure…the Health Department announced the launch of “Stay Sure,” a new sexual health media campaign that promotes HIV prevention services in New York City… the Mayor’s Office for International Affairs released the United Nations Impact Report 2016 at the United Nations, which outlines the economic benefit of having the United Nations in New York…a new art exhibition, “Re-Enliven”, explores reuse as a creative solution to waste reduction… the DOE launched their first citywide literacy-focused after school effort in shelters…Build it Back is moving forward… we’re investing $194 millioninto infrastructure improvements and construction in the South Bronx…and 19 food stores were recognized for participating in Shop Healthy NYC, a program that works to increase access and promotion of healthier food and beverages.

 

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Grinch couple caught on tape stealing Christmas.

By Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet

Monday evening residents of the Arverne By The Sea area were victims of theft on their private property.

Homeowners have reported to their local Homeowner’s Association that their packages had magically gone missing that they ordered for their families.

Private surveillance cameras captured what appeared to be an older couple walking onto the porches of the homeowners and taking packages- opening them on the spot.

Homeowners at this time tell Rockaway Primetime, “This has been happening a lot since the holidays”. “Homeowners are now going to take the action necessary to find whoever did this”.

This couldn’t have come at the worst time, as Christmas is now a week away and families are working hard to give everyone a great Christmas.

The incident is still under investigation, and there are no leads at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact the 100th Percent’s Community Affairs office.

 

 

 

Public meeting about funding for resiliency projects on Dec. 12

We are excited to announce that New York City has identified funding for projects to protect the Rockaways from the impacts of coastal storms and future sea level rise. On Monday, December 12 the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency and the Department of Parks and Recreation are hosting a meeting to present potential projects and solicit public input on which projects should be the highest priority. This funding is a key component to the Resilient Edgemere Community Plan and we hope you can all advocate for the many resiliency projects listed within the plan you have contributed so much towards. The meeting details are attached to this email as a PDF and below:

Date: Monday, Dec. 12, 2016

Time: 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Place: Rockaway YMCA 207 Beach 73rd St. Arverne, NY 11692

RSVP: Alex Maureau at (718) 520-5939 or alexander.maureau@parks.nyc.gov by Dec. 9, 2016.

In addition, we would like to provide an update on the Resilient Edgemere Plan. Since our last meeting in September we:

 

  1. Shared the workshop summary
  2. Created a document with FAQs to respond to the comments we received following the workshop
  3. Hired a graphic designer at the beginning of November to produce the report and are reviewing the first draft now
  4. Are working to create an advisory group of diverse stakeholders for ongoing oversight and management of the plan’s implementation

 

Thank you and we hope to see everyone on Monday December 12th. As always if you have any questions or comments please send them to resilientedgemere@hpd.nyc.gov.

ADDABBO RENEWS CALL URGING CITY TO UTILIZE VACANT PROPERTIES IN FIGHT AGAINST HOMELESSNESS

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Howard Beach, NY (December 1, 2016) On the heels of a recently released report highlighting the vast number of vacant properties across the five boroughs, Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. is once again calling on the city to make use of the empty space to combat New York’s increasing homeless problem.

 

A recent study conducted by the Municipal Art Society of New York found that about 20 percent – more than 2,700 – of the properties now owned or leased by a city agency are classified as having “no current use.” More than 1,100 of these properties are located here in Queens, with nearby Brooklyn containing more than 1,000 sites not currently being used.

 

“These pieces of land that are owned or leased by the City of New York are costing valuable taxpayer dollars to keep and maintain, made worse by the fact that they are sitting unused in a time of serious need,” said Addabbo. “While Mayor de Blasio is busy spending $1.7 billion in additional taxpayer money in his unsuccessful attempt to fight homelessness, further precious resources are being wasted to hold onto these properties that could be used to fight this same crisis.”

 

In October, Addabbo was joined at City Hall by several other elected officials from around Queens who denounced Mayor de Blasio’s decision to continue using hotels as shelters in order to combat the rise in the number of homeless New Yorkers, a figure that has now reached an all-time high of more than 60,000 people. During the press conference, the Senator made numerous suggestions detailing alternative plans of action – including utilizing vacant land across New  York – that the city could employ not only to provide more adequate shelter for those in need, but to keep New Yorkers from losing their homes in the first place.

 

“As more inappropriate, prison-like accommodations for homeless individual continue to pop up throughout the five boroughs, more than 8,500 acres of city owned or leased land has been sitting vacant, being wasted when it could instead be helping us solve this increasingly serious problem,” Addabbo said. “By this point, we have all seen that converting hotels into living space is not an adequate solution to this crisis. These facilities are not equipped to serve as a primary residence, offering minimal, limited amenities and only further delaying the transition into permanent housing. I have publically stated several times now that Mayor de Blasio needs to take advantage of vacant properties across the city to construct more affordable housing or even build quick, temporary modular apartments that are more appropriate than simply warehousing people into hotel rooms for years at a time. With this news confirming the thousands of properties that are already under city control but not being used, there is no excuse to let them sit vacant while more than 60,000 people need our help. It is time for this administration to stop ignoring the fact that there are more viable alternatives than staying on a failed course.”

 

In addition to his suggestion to use vacant properties to help find more housing and shelters for the homeless, Addabbo has also proposed increasing rent subsidies to prevent New Yorkers on a budget from losing their homes and restructuring the cluster site program that seeks to assimilate homeless individuals into available apartments throughout the city rather than using shelters as a transition.

Background: Large swath of city-owned property is underutilized: report  —  http://therealdeal.com/2016/11/28/large-swath-of-city-owned-property-is-underutilized-report/ 

Council Member Richards’ Statement on the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development’s New Ban on Smoking in Public Housing

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“The Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development’s announcement this week that smoking will be banned in all public housing is a breath of fresh air for thousands of NYCHA residents who have dealt with unhealthy living conditions for far too long. We need to do more to protect the health and well-being of our public housing residents, especially innocent children who suffer from asthma and other chronic illnesses that can be caused by second-hand smoke. I look forward to learning more about NYCHA’s implementation plan for this new policy and plan to work diligently to expand this policy in New York City with my bill, Int. 977, which would ban smoking in all city-financed housing.” – Council Member Donovan Richards.