Rockaway Primetime Reporting’s Poll Results Are In! Lew Simon with highest Approval Rating This Quarter!

By Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet

Rockaway Primetime Reporting conducted a poll that asked for every elected officials approval rating thus far.

We would like to first thank everyone who participated in our poll. This poll was conducted by the constituents of every elected in their districts; from East to West.

District Leader Lew Simon has the highest approval rating against everyone this cycle with a 54.55% approval rating.

This poll will be conducted every 3 months to measure progress.

 Do you approve the job District Leader Lew Simon is doing so far?

Yes N/A 54.55% 54.55%  TBA


N/A 29.55% 29.55%  TBA


N/A 15.91% 15.91%  TBA

Do you approve the job Councilman Eric Ulrich is doing so far?

Yes N/A 53.26% 53.26%  TBA


N/A 21.74% 21.74%  TBA


N/A 25% 25%  TBA

Do you approve the job District Leader Robert Simmons is doing so far?

Yes N/A 15.29% 15.29%  TBA


N/A 28.24% 28.24%  TBA


N/A 56.47% 56.47%  TBA

Do you approve the job Congressman Meeks is doing so far?

Yes N/A 21.74% 21.74%  TBA


N/A 58.7% 58.7%  TBA


N/A 19.57% 19.57%

Do you approve the job Senator Joseph P. Addabbo is doing so far?


N/A 51.69% 51.69%  TBA


N/A 22.47% 22.47%  TBA


N/A 25.84% 25.84%  TBA
Do you approve the job State Senator Sanders is doing so far?
Yes N/A 21.11% 21.11%  TBA


N/A 51.11% 51.11%  TBA


N/A 27.78% 27.78%  TBA
 Do you approve the job Assemblywoman Titus is doing so far?
Yes N/A 8.99% 8.99%  TBA


N/A 51.69% 51.69%  TBA


N/A 39.33% 39.33%  TBA
 Do you approve the job Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer-Amato is doing?
Yes N/A 37.78% 37.78%  TBA


N/A 15.56% 15.56%  TBA

Too Early

N/A 46.67% 46.67%  TBA
 Do you approve the job Councilman Donovan Richards is doing so far?
Yes N/A 35.87% 35.87%  TBA


N/A 31.52% 31.52%  TBA


N/A 32.61% 32.61%  TBA
 Legend- TBA= Final year results N/A= Number of votes (Only gives us a total, not an individual)

Breaking: Dan Guarino just announced he will run against Eric Ulrich

By Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet

Tonight at the latest Community Board 14 meeting, former Wave Assoicate Editor and Rockaway Times Reporter Dan Guarino has announced he will be a candidate for the City Council district 32. 

During public speaking he ask for everyone support being a 35-year-old resident from Far Rockaway and Broad Channel. He also mentioned being a paraprofessional at local schools across the Rockaway Community. 

As we wait for comment from Guarino, he has asked for everyone to please consider him as a candidate and if anyone wishes to donate you may contact him directly. 

This story is in development. Stay tuned for more. 


Why Are Ferguson Activists Dying?

By Jason Johnson

The most iconic photo of the Ferguson, Mo., protests, if not the entire Black Lives Matter movement, is of Edward Crawford defiantly throwing a tear gas canister back at riot police. And now he’s dead.

Crawford was found shot to death Thursday night in his car, just like activist Darren Seals in 2016 and protester DeAndre Joshua the night of the Ferguson verdict in 2014. The latter two had gunshot wounds to the head and their cars were lit on fire. Crawford, it is believed by police, shot himself in the back seat of his car either in an attempted suicide or by accident.

Given the justifiable lack of trust between local activists, black residents and the police, however, questions remain about this story. In order to bring justice to Crawford, his family and the entire Black Lives Movement, it’s about time we started asking tough questions about their deaths.

Missouri state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal broke the news on Twitter this morning that Crawford had been killed. What was striking is not just the anguish in her tweets but also the details she provides.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch initially noted only that Crawford died of gunshot wounds. It now says that the death was reported to the medical examiner’s office as a suicide, but the medical examiner hasn’t issued an official cause of death yet, pending an autopsy. The Dispatch’s report conveniently leaves out that Crawford’s death is strikingly similar to that of Seals and Joshua, whose deaths were so similar that even the St. Louis Police Department thought they were linked by the same killer.

Chappelle-Nadal, who represents Ferguson and is a firebrand for the Black Lives Matter movement, has been following the tragic story as it happened and has expressed doubts about the cause of Crawford’s death.

“I found out this morning another young man from my district died in the same fashion as two or three other people who were active in Ferguson,” she said in a speech on the Missouri Senate floor today around 9:15 a.m. CDT. “The people who were murdered at this point, they were all people who have been seen prominently in the media.”

Chappelle-Nadal noted to The Root that there are a number of militia groups in Missouri, and anyone seeking to strike a symbolic blow against the Black Lives Matter movement could easily be behind these actions.

“He gave us the reason to say, ‘Fight back, fight back, fight back,’” she said this morning. “No matter if it was a suicide, a mistake or a murder. He’s gone. This is somebody who represents the movement. This is another prominent person from the Ferguson movement.”

As the day goes on and more details trickle out, it doesn’t make it any easier to determine the cause of Crawford’s death, which opens the door to fear, speculation and, potentially, belief that it’s a conspiracy. Why would Crawford, a father of four who, according to his family, appeared to be in high spirits after getting a new job, just kill himself in his car? Moreover, the latest reports are that Crawford was in the back seat and two women were in the front. Suicides are usually committed alone, away from anyone who could possibly prevent the suicidal person from going through with the process. Who were the two women, and what are their full statements about the death?

It is possible to believe that Crawford’s death was just an accident. It is possible to believe that he decided to take his own life in full view of other people in the car. It is also possible, in a town where police claimed that 19-year-old Michael Brown punched out a cop and then charged into a hail of bullets from 30 feet away in broad daylight, that police could be completely lying to cover up some more nefarious cause of death. There is a long history in America of the police jumping to the conclusion that everything, from shootings to hangings of black people, is a suicide so as not to tug too hard on the strings of violent white supremacy that hold communities together.

We are in an era where the White House considers Black Lives Matter to be a terrorist organization. Deliberate attacks against black people who are fighting for justice -­ whether the Rev. Clementa Pinckney of Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., or half a dozen other activists killed by white nationalists in the last decade -­ are not far-fetched. Regardless of the eventual conclusions about Edward Crawford, St. Louis police have still suggested that the deaths of Joshua and Seals were likely homicides.

School, the post office and the mall will still be open on Crawford’s birthday, and he won’t get a special on PBS narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, but like many forgotten martyrs of the movement, he was a human being, too. Crawford was a dedicated activist for people on the ground who needed someone to stand up for them. Let’s hope that in investigating his death, the local community in Ferguson will fight for him in death as hard as he fought for them in life.

Pheffer Amato Appointed Chair of Child Safety Subcommittee

Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway) today announced her appointment as Chair of the Assembly’s Child Safety Subcommittee of the New York State Assembly’s Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee, making her one of the key New York State watchdogs of safety standards for children’s toys and products. She will take up her position immediately, and has been consulting for several weeks with Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh (D-Manhattan), Chair of the Consumer Affairs Committee, to whom her subcommittee reports.

“This is a high honor, and I’m very excited for the opportunity to make a difference for children’s safety,” said Pheffer Amato. “As a mother of two, I deeply feel the stakes of getting this issue right. So many of our toys are imported. The growth of e-commerce means that knowing whether children’s products are made safely is a huge question mark. We can’t afford to learn the answer by trial and error. That error could be a child’s life or health.

“These are the kinds of challenges I came to the Assembly to tackle,” she continued. “I am humbled by Leadership’s faith in me, and I’m committed to working with parents, retailers, manufacturers, regulators, Chairman Kavanagh and the rest of the Committee, and our counterparts in the Senate and the Executive to make sure we keep all New York children safe.”

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Sanders to Host Education & Career Fair

State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village, Far Rockaway) will be hosting an Educational Conference & Career Fair on May 6, 2017 at M.S. 53Q Brian Piccolo, from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The Conference and Fair will address student and parental concerns regarding College Grants, Excelsior Scholarships, and FAFSA applications. It will also offer STEM workshops for parents and students, and include a free tie and prom dress giveaway.

It is being conducted in Partnership with Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation, The Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation, Zion Youth and Family Community Center of Elmont, Simple College Solutions, 100 Suits for 100 Men, and Make My Mother Proud, and Queens Library.

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Pheffer Amato honors first NYS Assembly Intern

Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato today honored her first NYS Assembly Intern, Alanna Hepburn, with a citation for her dedication and hard work throughout the 2017 Legislative Session.

Hepburn, a Bronx native and senior at John Jay College of Criminal Justice majoring in Criminal Justice Management and Minoring in English and Dispute Resolution, started the Assembly Internship program with significant community experience. Formerly, Hepburn had been a Youth Peer Educator at Harlem Dowling West Side Center, a part-time Operations Assistant at Harlem Renaissance Economic Development Corporation, and a former intern to Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner. Hepburn has gained an impressive amount of aptitude and facility with the legislative process through her experience in the Internship, helping with bill research, drafting of memos and even coordinating Albany scheduling.

“Alanna jumped right in and has made my tenure as a Freshman more navigable and more powerful. She has the drive and dedication that all students should strive for,” said Pheffer Amato. “I am thrilled to honor Alanna today with an Assembly citation and to thank her for being such a valuable asset to our community and to our office. I cannot wait to see her succeed in all of her future endeavors.”