Community Clergy Breakfast – Defense Training

It’s sad and disturbing that people can get shot while peacefully praying at a house of worship. Under those conditions and given the recent shooting at a Texas church that killed 24 and injured over 20, Senator James Sanders Jr. is hosting a safety training for faith-based leaders in the community so they can learn how to protect themselves and their congregations against a first-person shooter attack. It will be part of Senator Sanders’ monthly Interfaith Clergy Breakfast.

It will be on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at St. Anthony’s Of Padua: 127-17 135th Avenue, South Ozone Park, NY 11417 from 8:30-11am.  There will be a presentation by NYPD Shield, the Police Department’s latest counterterrorism program, and much more. Please RSVP by calling Senator Sanders’ District office at 718-523-3069.

NOTE: This event is open to members of the clergy ONLY.

The NYPD Shield Presentation is CLOSED to the MEDIA.

Pheffer Amato Marks Linking of RBA to Queens Chamber

Earlier this month, Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Beach) was recognized at a meeting of the Queens Chamber of Commerce for work helping facilitate the joining of the Chamber with the Rockaway Business Alliance, the group that formed to help drive local business growth around the time of Superstorm Sandy.  On the occasion of Sandy’s five-year anniversary, the Queens Chamber held their first meeting that formally included the RBA.

“The story of Sandy is one of self-help, of the will of a community to come together and rebuild,” said Pheffer Amato.  “Nobody exemplifies that spirit better than the RBA.  They help businesses grow and help them write their own stories of recovery and thriving.  The Queens Chamber, meanwhile, is incredibly innovative and energetic and has been a major driver behind the progress of the Borough of Growth.  It was my honor to help formalize the weaving-together of these two fantastic groups.  They’ve already brainstormed some great ways to collaborate at this first meeting, and I’m sure there will be many more.  I look forward to the future we’ll build together for the business community in South Queens!”

“The Queens Chamber of Commerce was honored to organize the 5th Anniversary Remembrance of Hurricane Sandy with the Rockaway Business Alliance,” said Thomas J. Grech, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Queens Chamber of Commerce. “I have been seeking an organizational business partner in the Rockaways since I came on board in 2015.  With the support of Assemblywoman Pheffer Amato, we came together as one at the Bungalow Bar and have begun working on a true partnership to assist and support the businesses that call the Rockaways home.  We look forward to future endeavors together.”

“Hurricane Sandy had devastating effects on the Rockaway community, effects that are still felt to this day,” said Theo Boguszewski, an associate with Perch Advisors, who helps manage the Rockaway Business Alliance. “However, it’s a testament to the incredible resiliency of this community that from this awful disaster, Rockaway has emerged stronger and more connected — this was evidenced by the event last Monday. The Rockaway business community has such incredible passion and desire to grow and overcome, and the Rockaway Business Alliance is honored to drive this collective effort.”

Heads Up, Rockaway! Another Pipeline Can be Coming

By Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet

Oh, no! Another pipeline from Williams is among us. This time the pipeline will be no secret like last time.

Organizers like Food & Water Watch are conducting door-to-door outreach about the purposed project here in the Rockaways. For more click here

Food & Water Watch’s commitment to moving New York off fossil fuels embraces opposing pipelines and power plants that transport and burn fracked oil and gas.

According to the group, “The bad news is that the proposed pipeline is dangerous, threatening our water, communities, and environment. The good news is that we have time to stop it, we’re working with great allies, and the Cuomo administration has clear authority block the project.”

The Williams energy company is proposing to build a 23-mile long pipeline that would carry fracked gas beneath New York harbor. The route of the pipeline runs along the coast of Staten Island, and then crosses the harbor south of Brooklyn and joins an existing pipeline four miles off the coast of the Rockaways.

According to Food & Water Watch, “Williams pipelines and compressor stations, in particular, have a safety record ridden with explosions, fires, and deaths.”

Rockaway Primetime Reporting released a similar claim in 2016.

Rockaway Primetime Reporting doesn’t understand why local media across Rockaway and Coney Island has not made the public aware of this project in its entirety as of yet.

Although there is opposition from Governor Cuomo’s Administration. We can never be so careful after the first pipeline was signed and approved by the Obama Administration. Both Administrations claimed to be fighting climate change but approve such projects like Williams.

Time will only tell.

Listen out for your doors Saturday.


Where: We’ll meet at Beach 67th St on the boardwalk in Queens. Take the A train.

When: Saturday, November 4th 11 am – 4 pm.

What: 11 am: Everyone meets on the boardwalk for a briefing about the Williams Pipeline. We’ll provide a script, a map, materials, and tips on how to be an effective canvasser. We’ll practice in small groups, and then send folks in pairs to nearby streets to knock on doors. People are not required to stay all the way until 4pm, but are encouraged to arrive at 11 to receive the group training and knock for as long as they like.