Cyclones Lose in Error-Filled Game

Brooklyn, NY — Jun 25, 2017 — Three things have plagued the 2017 Brooklyn Cyclones: the fifth inning, poor clutch hitting, and defense. On June 26, the latter two were key factors in the Brooklyn’s (2-5) fourth straight defeat, an ugly 8-3 loss to the Hudson Valley Renegades (5-2).

Going into the game, the Renegade offense excelled through six games. They lead the New York Penn-League in batting (.304), slugging (.521) and OPS (.882). In the first two games of the series they strung together 23 hits and 12 runs. Tonight, at least for the seven innings were held to just two runs. Yet, the Cyclones still trailed.

Jose Carlos Medina excelled in his first start of the year. He went 5.2 innings, struck out three and allowed five hits and one unearned run. Most importantly, he held the Renegades to 0-7 with RISP. However, the Cyclone defense did not help him. Brooklyn committed five errors, their season total now sits at 15. “Medina threw a tremendous game today,” Cyclones manager Edgardo Alfonzo said. “He kept us in the game, he doesn’t deserve to get the loss.”

The prevailing moment of the game took place in the bottom of the fifth. Leon Byrd walked for the third straight time, then Fraklin CorreaJose Miguel Medina popped out, and Jose Maria reached on an error. With the bases loaded and a one run lead, both Carlos Sanchez and Carl Stajduhar struck out to end the inning. A half-inning later, the Renegade offense made them pay.

Hudson Valley scraped two runs together and established a lead en route to the series sweep. The Cyclones were 0-8 with RISP at the time, and that was before the game got ugly.

In the top of the eighth, Matt Dacey ripped a triple over the head of Ian Strom and the lead ballooned to 4-1. Then Bill Pujols brought in his third RBI of the season to make it 5-1. With a depleted bullpen, Alfonzo turned to his second baseman — Correa — to pitch. It got worse. Correa hit the next three batters, gave up three runs and the Cyclones trailed by seven.

A poignant offense stalled out over the weekend. After scoring at least four runs in five straight games, the Cyclones strung together just four runs over the final two contests. As the Cyclones usually do, they made the game interesting in the ninth. The first four hitters reached base and the lead was cut to six. Maria grounded into a double play, and Sanchez struck out looking. Putting an end to a winless home-stand.

The 5,742 fans in attendance failed to see the Cyclones first home win of the season. The Cyclones are now 0-4 in the usually friendly confines of MCU Park. After an off day on Tuesday, Brooklyn travels to Aberdeen for a three game set against the IronBirds.

“It was a really tough one today,” Alfonzo said. “We committed five errors and all the errors caused a run. That’s just not good. It’s tough to win a game like that. If everyone does their part, we are going to be alright.”

The Queens Public Transit Committee Will have Their Monthly Meeting on Thursday.

The Queens Public Transit Committee will have their monthly meeting on Thursday, June 29, 2017 from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at the Knight Of Columbus Hall at 135-45 Lefferts Boulevard, South Ozone Park, NY 11420. Street parking is available and the Q 7, Q 10, Q 37 buses and A train stops near the hall.

Please sign our petitions and promote the QueensRail to your family and friends.

Thank you.

Philip McManus

Pheffer Amato Selected as National Early Learning Fellow

Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Beach) was honored to be selected as a National Early Learning Fellow by the National Conference of State Legislatures (, a national, bi-partisan organization bringing together legislators from all fifty states for in-depth study and advocacy on active policy issues. Pheffer Amato was recently appointed Chair of the Child Safety Committee of the New York State Assembly, which, combined with her experience as a mother, Parent Association President and school paraprofessional, made her a strong candidate for selection for the prestigious Fellowship.

“It is my absolute privilege to work with the NCSL on this program,” said Pheffer Amato. “My goal is to serve my constituents as well as I can, and being immersed in this program will help hugely in that effort. I’m hoping to use what I learn to improve life and outcomes for all children across New York State, and by extension, to improve the future for all New Yorkers.”

Pheffer Amato’s selection as one of several dozen Early Learning Fellows places her in a select group from across the country that will share expertise, study best practices, and work to achieve far-reaching results on issues related to school readiness, family support, literacy, STEM, and other facets of early childhood education. She left for Omaha, Nebraska this past Sunday, June 25th, for the first of several three-day information-sharing and training conferences that are conducted as part of the 2017 Fellowship. She is scheduled to return on Tuesday, June 27th.

BREAKING: Mother, 2 toddlers struck by car on sidewalk in Far Rockaway, Queens

A woman and her two young sons were injured after they were struck by a car in Queens Wednesday.

The crash happened at about 12:20 p.m. on Seagirt Boulevard near Beach 32nd Street in Far Rockaway.


Investigators said it appears the car jumped the curb and struck the three people on the sidewalk.

Images of the scene show a mangled stroller and other debris scattered in the area. See photos from NewsCopter 7 here:

Sanders and SE Queens Elected Officials to Host JFK Community Meeting

State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village, Far Rockaway) will join elected officials representing Southeast Queens to host a JFK Community Meeting to discuss economic development opportunities at JFK International Airport.

Senator Sanders stated:

“We anticipate that the Governor will soon announce a $10 billion rebuild of JKF that parallels what is taking place at LaGuardia Airport. We need to embrace and take advantage of this opportunity so that we can cement NYC and NYS as a premiere destination for travelers.  In an area that has been devastated by foreclosures, slammed by Hurricane Sandy, and which has among some of the poorest ZIP Codes in Queens, we need to use the JFK project as a chance for economic development and community building.

I have made it my mission to work with business leaders and advocates to redesign and level the playing field in a way that helps MWBEs realize their full potential. I am the father of MWBEs, having authored Local Law 1 and Local 129, during my time in the City Council. I am also the ranking member on the Senate’s Labor Committee and Banking Committee, and the leader of the Senate’s new Task Force on MWBEs

I am proud to be working with my colleagues in Southeast, Queens government on bringing about a better day, especially for the shrunken and starving black businesses in the area who could really benefit from obtaining a JFK rebuild contract. As politicians, we could have chosen to be territorial but we are not taking that road. We are going to be partners and we are going to make sure that this project helps businesses grow. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and what good is it if  all the work goes to firms outside of New York.”

Who: State Senator James Sanders Jr., State Senator Leroy Comrie, Assembly Member Michelle Titus, Assembly Member Alicia Hyndman, Assembly Member Clyde Vanel

What: JFK Community Meeting

When: Thursday, June 8, 2017
Doors open at 6:30; Meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center
172-17 Linden Boulevard, Jamaica, NY 11434

Why: To inform the community of economic developments coming to the community and how they can be utilized to help residents and business owners. 

Dinowitz Urges Transit Revolution from Albany Following Latest Disaster

Reiterates call on Cuomo to reinstate $65 million cuts to MTA operating budget


NEW YORK, N.Y. – Yesterday’s F train nightmare was just one more reminder that we’re operating on borrowed time. Those trapped commuters may have escaped unharmed, but what about the next disaster?


I have repeatedly called on Governor Cuomo to reinstate the $65 million in operating funds he and the MTA decided to cut. We are facing a major transit emergency that could put lives at risk and jeopardize the city’s long term economic growth. We need to move beyond the empty rhetoric, cosmetic solutions and budget cuts. What we need is nothing short of a full blown revolution in how New York provides public transportation to 8.5 million people. Our city lives and dies by its buses and subway. It’s time Governor Cuomo and the MTA step and give New York the transit system we deserve.

Sanders to Launch First Ever Rockaway Caribbean Carnival

Come one, come all to the first ever Rockaway Caribbean Carnival!!!

State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village, Far Rockaway) is proud to announce that he is collaborating with the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) and Rockaway Development Revitalization Corporation (RDRC) to bring a Caribbean Carnival to Rockaway.

Senator Sanders will offer a preview of the festivities, which will include brightly colored, elaborate costumes and steel pan drummers at a press conference at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, 2017, at Beach 20th Street, right on the plaza.

The goal of the Carnival will be to celebrate the various arts & culture of the Carribean while highlighting the hidden jewel that is the Rockaways. We anticipate the event will be a great success and hope to hold it annually.

The Rockaway Caribbean Carnival will take place on Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The parade will start on Mott Avenue and Beach 20th Street and continue to Seagirt Blvd ending at Beach 17th amphitheater in the park. There will be local youth performances, entertainment and culturally related activities. Residents will have the opportunity to participate in the festivities by patronizing various vendors like the Edgemere Food Fair, which assisted in the planning of the event, and markets, and wearing costumes that will be available to the public for purchase or rent through ENJ Productions, which also assisted in the event planning process.

The Rockaway Caribbean Carnival will attempt to mirror WIADCA’s other Carnival events such as the one they host annually in Brooklyn. Below is a link to a video of last year’s event.

Senator Sanders invites you to come out to Rockaway and celebrate with us.

Who: State Senator James Sanders Jr., WIADCA, RDRC
What: Press Conference to Announce Rockaway Caribbean Carnival
When: June 17, 2017 at 3 p.m.
Where: Beach 20th Street, right on the plaza
Why: To let the community know about the upcoming Rockaway Caribbean Carnival and give them a sneak preview of what they can expect at the event

VIA Community Services, Inc. Host Zombie Wedding On The Boardwalk

What:​!st Annual Rockaway Zombie Wedding 

When:​October 1, 2017


Who:​VIA Community Services, Inc.

Where:​The Boardwalk


Time:​12:00 PM



VIA Community Services, Inc. is planning a Zombie Wedding and you’re invited!


VIA Community Services hopes to be able to provide important services to survivors of Relationship Violence and Sexual assault and their families.  


Here in the Rockaways, we are a little isolated and many important services are only available to those who can travel to other parts of the city. Did you know that the nearest SAFE Center of Excellence that treats survivors of Sexual Assault is at Elmhurst Hospital? It’s issues like this that can keep a sexual assault survivor from contacting law enforcement. VIA Community Services wants to change the way Family Violence and Sexual Assault is treated in our Peninsula.


Our Zombie Wedding will combine two awesome traditions, a Zombie Run and a Bride’s March. Plus, we hope to provide a little something more. We hope that by supporting our Zombie Wedding we can raise money to grow our organization and provide these important services to our friends and neighbors.


There will be great food, drink and music and all the fun and beauty that the Rockaways is known for!

Yesterday’s Water Samples Obtained And Testing Results

By Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet

Rockaway Primetime Reporting has received some testing samples of yesterday’s horrific water crisis.

Around 8 am Sunday, most residents in Rockaway have woke up on to the what we call the “great brown sugar water.”

There is just nothing sweet about the water at all.

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued a statement yesterday on New York 1 Spectrum News stating the following, ” There was a break on a large trunk main which feeds into Far Rockaway and Arverne. While switching over to an alternate main to maintain water to consumers there was likely discoloration caused when sediment stirred up in the system. There is no danger to public health but residents should be advised to run the water until it is clear. If the problem persists they should call 311. Our crews receive these complaints directly and will respond by flushing out the main on the block by opening hydrants.”

Rockaway Primetime Reporting will let you be the judge as you are about to witness the testing results from a private source about what was contained in our brown sugar water.


First, we have the pH/hardness/.

pH levels tested around the 8.5 range, which is slightly below normal but no grave danger to your health. (That we know of)


Hardness we are looking at 120 which once again ranges in the average hardness for big cities like New York.


Chlorine we have at 0, which is a huge plus as there were concerns in the past that chlorine was in our drinking system.

Here are some links to help you better understand what these numbers mean and where it stands compared to other drinkable waters.

Sound off Rockaway!



The brown sugar water has tested positive for pesticides and negative for lead.

Here are the health concerns when consuming whatever pesticides are in your drinking water.

Click to access drinkingwater.pdf

Click to access FACTS%20-%20Pesticides%20in%20Drinking%20Water.pdf

While City Has No Answer-Others Turned to Stop & Shop

By Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet

Many in Rockaways are struggling to cook, bathe, and drink. 

Rockaway has been without clean drinking water for over the course of what’s already, 8 hours. 

Residents look no further then to their very own, Stop & Shop. 

The GM of Arverne’s Stop & Shop quoted. “We are out of all 5 gallons and we still have a few bottles left in the back if people need it.”