Pheffer Amato, Addabbo, Ulrich, Richards demand EDC to reinstate Weekend Ferry Shuttle Service

This Friday May 25th, 2018 at 10:00 AM, Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Councilman Eric Ulrich, Councilman Donovan Richards community leaders, local businesses, residents, and other elected officials will call out the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC), for the cancellation of weekend Ferry Shuttle Service on the Rockaway Peninsula, and requesting that they reinstate the weekend shuttle service immediately.

EDC contacted local elected officials and community leaders last week to inform them that weekend service for the Rockaway Shuttle Bus will no longer be an option as of today. EDC stated that the removal of weekend shuttles was due to “trade-offs” and “lack of ridership” even though they have increased ferry boat sizes and frequency of travel throughout the summer months.

Pheffer Amato, Addabbo, Ulrich, and Richards are calling on EDC to reinstate the ferry shuttle for weekend service immediately. The Ferry has become an integral part of the community not only for residents but for the millions of visitors across the city and state and lack of shuttle service will leave thousands of ferry users stranded.

WHEN: Friday, May 25th, 2018

TIME: 30 mins prior to beach opening, (to be determined.)

WHAT: Press conference to demand the EDC to continue the Free Ferry Shuttle Service on weekends throughout the Rockaway Peninsula.

WHO: Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Councilman Eric Ulrich, Councilman Donovan Richards, community leaders, local businesses, residents, and other elected officials.

WHERE: Rockaway Boardwalk at Beach 108th Street.

***Press Conference*** Sanders to Announce Lawsuit Against Duo Who Accused Him of Bribery

State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Rochdale Village, Far Rockaway) will announce at a press conference on the steps of City Hall that he plans to sue in civil court a couple from Far Rockaway for $1 million because they intentionally tried to defame him by spreading lies that he sought a bribe.

In 2016, Marion Moses and Malisa Rivera leaders of an agricultural group called Culinary Kids, Culinary Arts came forward with some very serious accusations, which Sanders believes were politically motivated.

The duo, who are former chefs, said they came to Sanders when he was a City Councilman seeking funding to advance their organization and that he promised to give them $1.7 million in taxpayer money in exchange for a $250,000, which is false.

“These individuals made statements, which are untrue, and now they are going to have to face the consequences of those actions,” Sanders said. “This lawsuit that I will be filing is about setting the record straight. I have consistently fought for the districts I have represented during my time in politics, both at the city and state level, and I will not allow these people to ruin my record of service to my constituency because of their nefarious motivations or agenda.”

Moses and Rivera went so far as to take their claim to investigators.

Culinary Kids, Culinary Arts does not have 501(c)3 status and could not have received discretionary funding in the first place. Even, hypothetically, if money were to have been given, it would have had to go through a city agency – the Parks Department, because the land they wanted to utilize was parkland. The Parks Department would have then reimbursed them for the money they spent if they were able to document their expenditures with receipts.


Who: State Senator James Sanders Jr.
What: Press Conference
When: May 20, 2018 at 12 p.m.
Where: The steps of City Hall
Why: To set the record straight

List of Organizations That Took Pipeline Money Last Cycle

Please note: Most organizations applied and accepted the fund after the pipeline project was complete. The funds are also not used to pay organizations off for any benefits to Williams Partners.

Without further ado, the full list of all grant recipients.

Williams – a major operator of natural gas infrastructure in New York – today announced the latest recipients of the Rockaway Community Grant Program, awarding grants to 25 local organizations.

The Rockaway Community Grant program was designed to benefit the environment and local communities in which Williams operates its Transco natural gas pipeline near Rockaway, N.Y. The company has awarded nearly $900,000 since the grant program was first initiated in 2014.

FALL 2017 Grant Recipients.

 $5,800.00 to the Gerrittsen Beach Fire Department, Inc., Brooklyn, NY, for Hose Replacement

 $5,800.00 to the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, New York City, NY, for Public Space Enhancement

 $5,000.00 to the Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY, for Today’s Teens, Tomorrow’s Techies (T4)

 $5,000.00 to the PFC. John G. McLaughlin Post 8540 Veterans of Foreign Wars, Breezy Point, NY, for Hope 4 Heroes

 $5,000.00 to the Rockaway Development & Revitalization Corporation, Far Rockaway, NY, for the Beach 20th Street Plaza Youth Connect Initiative

 $5,000.00 to the Swim Strong Foundation, East Elmhurst, NY, for Swim Strong @Rockaway: Water Safety
and Job Readiness for Youth

 $5,000.00 to the Rockaway Beach Volleyball League, Rockaway Park, NY, for the Community Adult
Volleyball League

 $4,000.00 to the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, Inc., Brooklyn, NY, for Environmental Education

 $3,700.00 to the Natural Areas Conservancy, New York, NY, for Rockaway Beach Clean Up

 $3,500.00 to the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, Far Rockaway, NY, for Stewardship Saturdays

 $3,000.00 to 14 Sculptors Inc., Rockaway Park, NY, for On the Rock 2017: An Exhibition of Sculpture

 $3,000.00 to the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, New York City, NY, for Small Business

 $3,000.00 to the Resurf Project, Long Beach, NY, for Resurf’s “Rockaway Youth on Board” Project

 $3,000.00 to the Rockaway Youth Task Force, Inc., Far Rockaway, NY, for the Urban Farm Improvement Project

 $2,500.00 to the Giving Alternative Learners UpLifting Opportunities, Inc., Brooklyn, NY, for Drainage solutions to Therapeutic Riding facility in Howard Beach, Queens

 $2,500.00 to the New York City Audubon Society, Inc., New York, NY, for Tidal Connections

 $2,500.00 to the Queens Borough Public Library, Jamaica, NY, for Young Bosses of Queens

 $2,000.00 to the Brooklyn Hurricanes, Inc., Brooklyn, NY, for Fall Season 2017 Support

 $2,000.00 to the Rockaway Little League, Belle Harbor, NY, for Decking Project

 $2,000.00 to the Rockaway Rockies, Belle Harbor, NY, for the Youth Hockey Program

 $2,000.00 to the Rockaway Rugby Club, Rockaway Park, NY, for Rugby Field Renovation – Year 3

 $2,000.00 to the Rockaway Rugby Club, Rockaway Park, NY, for Youth Rugby Development/Safety

 $1,000.00 to the CVH: Center for Veterans Health, Arverne, NY, for Rockaway Veterans Health outreach project

 $1,000.00 to the Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation, Arverne, NY, for Health & Wellbeing for Rockaway Seniors

 $1,000.00 to PS/MS 114 Q, Rockaway Park, NY, in support of the Belle Harbor School After-School Drama Program
Can we ask for more money next time? Williams brings in 24 Billion in investment per year. Keep that in mind next cycle when you apply again.