A Primetime Interviews Exclusive: State Senator James Sanders, Jr.

 On February 11, State Senator James Sanders, Jr. met with Rockaway Primetime to discuss the allegations presented in a recent New York Post article. The article featured a non-profit Rockaway group, which claimed Sanders demanded a $250,000 kickback from a grant totaling $1.7 million.

We thank Senator Sanders for granting us this exclusive and eye-opening interview.

As usual, feel free to share your thoughts on this installment of Primetime Interviews in the comment section.


 

 

Flooding and more flooding. Some homeowners need help, fast!

“When will we have answers to the sewer problem”? That is what a significant number of Broad Channel and Rockaway homeowners are asking. Angry residents are posing the question after two consecutive days of flooding near their homes. 

A week before the Blizzard of 2016, Rockaway was warned that a coastal flood and high surf advisory would be in effect for the entire week. Politicians and city officials were well aware of the high tides surrounding the areas, leaving scores of residents to wonder why their representatives remained inactive and silent. Another question they’re asking is why hasn’t the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), which is charged with the task of inspecting Rockaway’s sewers and waterways for potential threats to the shoreline and public safety, been more proactive in dealing with the issue?

Residents like “Karen”, who asked that her last name not be published, told Rockaway Primetime that her home has been and remains in jeopardy of being underwater. She’s been victimized by constant flooding in her basement because her home is located right on the shoreline of Broad Channel. “I can’t raise my house. I’m one of a few in the area who has a basement, not a crawl space,” she stated.  “This is crazy! I’m so afraid my boiler is going to be underwater, yet again,” she added. 

Karen also made mention of the fact that she’s received no help from elected officials. “After Superstorm Sandy, I don’t know how much more I can take. My flood insurance has tripled since the storm, and Assemblyman Goldfeder has been the only one to step up. His office has done everything possible to try and help.”  

Rockaway Primetime will continue to follow this developing story. If anyone would like to provide some form of assistance to Karen or other flooding victims, contact Rockaway Primetime.

Photos above showing the devastation of the high tides from Karen’s basement. 

 

Slide show of photos so far from the devastation of flooding.

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Photos by : Kim Mannino, Annemarie Ancona-Clark, Natalya Bowen, Theresa Racine.

Comments from Residents.

Kim Mannino: “Still awaiting the DEP to show within their 24 hr, response time after filing complaint yesterday with 311”.

Kelly James: “ 87th street is flooded on Beach Channel Drive, can’t drive down the block“.

 

 

 

One more night of flooding!

    • Issued by The National Weather Service

      New York City, NY

      4:32am EST, Tue Feb 9

… WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON EST WEDNESDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN UPTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW… WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON EST WEDNESDAY.

* LOCATIONS… NEW YORK CITY… ADJACENT PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST NEW JERSEY… AND LONG ISLAND.

* HAZARD TYPES… SNOW.

* ACCUMULATIONS… SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 3 TO 5 INCHES.

* TEMPERATURES… IN THE LOWER 30S.

* VISIBILITIES… ONE HALF MILE AT TIMES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES… AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

    • Issued by The National Weather Service

      New York City, NY

      5:02am EST, Tue Feb 9

… HIGH SURF ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST THIS EVENING… … COASTAL FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM EST THIS MORNING… … COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM TO 11 PM EST THIS EVENING…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN UPTON HAS ISSUED A COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY… WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM TO 11 PM EST THIS EVENING.

* LOCATIONS… COASTAL LOCATIONS ALONG THE SOUTH SHORE OF NASSAU… QUEENS AND SOUTHWEST SUFFOLK.

* TIDAL DEPARTURES… AROUND 3 FT ABOVE ASTRONOMICAL TIDES.

* TIMING… MODERATE COASTAL FLOODING EXPECTED FOR THIS MORNINGS HIGH TIDE CYCLE. ADDITIONAL MINOR TO MODERATE COASTAL FLOODING IS EXPECTED WITH TONIGHTS AND WEDNESDAY MORNINGS HIGH TIDE CYCLES.

* BEACH IMPACTS… ELEVATED WATER LEVELS AND LARGE BREAKING WAVES WILL RESULT IN AREAS OF DUNE TOE EROSION AND LOCALIZED OVERWASHES FOR THE ATLANTIC OCEAN BEACHES.

* COASTAL FLOOD IMPACTS… WIDESPREAD FLOODING OF VULNERABLE SHORE ROADS AND/OR PROPERTIES DUE TO HEIGHT OF STORM TIDE AND/OR WAVE ACTION. SEVERAL ROAD CLOSURES WILL BE NEEDED. ISOLATED STRUCTURAL DAMAGE MAY BE OBSERVED.

Looks like we all in Rockaway going to need this…..

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Primetime Sits With Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder

 

Recently, Rockaway Primetime had the honor and privilege of sitting down with Phillip Goldfeder, who represents the 23rd Assembly District. The interview was conducted Primetime’s very own Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet aka “J-Man”. 

Topics discussed included: state politics, aspects of Assemblyman Goldfeder’s personal life, Rockaway’s 23rd District, transportation issues (ferry service and the proposed railway), concerns of people on the east and west end of the peninsula, some of the major projects and/or proposals for his district, youth and politics and his views on the launch of Rockaway Primetime.

We thank Assemblyman Goldfeder for granting us an opportunity to discuss issues that are not only vital to Rockaway Primetime, but all residents of the Rockaway community. 

 

Primetime looking for donations to expand

Hi, I’m Jeffrey Maisonet. I am currently seeking funds to start my own community website. The website will be based on reporting events, meetings, community issues, and politics.  The website is not about me. It’s about keeping my community informed and seeking an audience of writers, and readers.  The fund is only 100 dollars, which is needed to start the website. I have a free website but the free account limits me to so little. If I am able to receive funds, I would be astounded and thankful for the donation. If you’ll like to check some of my work out? Please visit  https://primetimereporting.wordpress.com/ .  Once again , I am thankful in advance and remember every little bit helps. I don’t care if you donate just a dollar. The thought and the cause I am trying produce is all that matters.

I have a lot of work to post on this site. Unfortunately I can not post it because the free addition of this site only allows me write. I am not allowed to share video content or even audio. If Primetime Reporting was able to have it’s own site, the options are limitless. I would love to share the great stories I have with the Rockaway community, but until I can raise 100 bucks to start the site? This is what I have to deal with.  Thank you for your time. If you would like to contribute? Please click on the link below to make a small donation.

https://www.gofundme.com/mcm8475g

Billzard Photos From Rockaway Park

Blizzard 2016 has been a hard one for most residents in Rockaway. Cars have been buried. Snow reaching above knee length.  Let’s not forget the dreadful winds that blow snow across our faces no matter where we turn. With all these struggles, we can not let this storm change our opinion on the beauty of this blizzard. Without further ado, let me now illustrate photos taken by Residents.

 

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Who knew birds like the snow too?   Photo By: Ivy Farrell

 

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We all know the feeling about waking up to a car trapped in snow. Photo by: Ivy Farrell

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Day after the blizzard. Time for Work! Photo by: Annette Lauritsch

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Why aren’t the streets plowed? Good question Mayor…. Photo by: Annette Lauritsch  Location: Beach 110th street.

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Even Marissa’s son out after the blizzard. Smell a snowball fight coming….

Photo by: Marissa Bernowitz

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Want the job done? We do it ourselves. Even kids work harder than the City of New York.

Photo by: Marissa Bernowitz

As much as we hate the snow. The kids remind us of our childhood and appreciation for the snow. Photo by: Michelle

Amazing work by this family. Created their own winter wonder land, in their own back yard. Love these photos. Photo by: Karen

Blizzard Photos From Arverne

Blizzard 2016 has been a hard one for most residents in Rockaway. Cars have been buried. Snow reaching above knee length.  Let’s not forget the dreadful winds that blow snow across our faces no matter where we turn. With all these struggles, we can not let this storm change our opinion on the beauty of this blizzard. Without further ado, let me now illustrate photos taken by Residents and I.

 

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Looking at the CALL-A-HEAD porter potty. Nearly half way covered. Photo taken by Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet.

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Photo shows how hard it was just to reach your home during the storm. A couple was bold enough to take the hike up the stairs. They’ve made it up safely. Photo taken by Rosemarie Williams.

12631002_10207491164704482_584107153_o Picture describes what vehicles had to be used to get through the mess. Photo shows a pick-up truck with a plow connected to it. Right beside the truck is an ATV that is use for conditions like snow cover. Photo taken by Theresa Racine.

12591988_10207491176144768_878670741_oRockaway freeway during a early morning blizzard. How lovely…. Photo taken by Theresa Racine.

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 Arverne View complex A.K.A Ocean Village. Three bold people relaxing in the blizzard. Photo taken by Rosemarie Williams.

IMG_0836“Can’t even walk when the snow is knee deep” says Rosemarie Williams. Photo taken by Rosemarie Williams.

IMG_0845“Wasn’t smart to walk back here” says Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet.” I was nearly hit by two Sanitation trucks trying to plow the street”. I was looking for a way onto the boardwalk. Forgot it was no boardwalk near the beach 67th street section.  

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The two Sanitation trucks working hard to push the snow aside. Photo taken by Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet.

If you have photos of this storm that you’ll like to share. Contact Primetime Editor Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet at Rockawayprimetime@gmail.com

Be safe out there and remain warm.

MTA UPDATE FOR THE ROCKAWAY’S

Statement made from the MTA at 11:59am Saturday morning.

“NYC Transit and MTA Bus service will begin an orderly shutdown of all local, limited and express service at NOON. Access-A-Ride service will also be suspended. We advise customers who do not have to travel to remain at home until the current weather conditions subside and roads cleared for safe operations. ”

Starting at Noon all these changes will be in full effect for the peninsula. As for Long Island Railroad “Far Rockaway” Branch, will be currently operating with scattered weather related delays. The MTA issued a statement, “Crews and snow fighting equipment have been dispatched and are working to keep platforms and rails clear of ice and snow. We are monitoring conditions for impacts to service. We advise customers if at all possible to remain at home during the duration of this storm”.

I urge all Rockaway residents to stay at home and shop locally if SAFE. Q22,Q53,Q52,Q21 are not running. A trains are running with Storm Delays. Rockaway Park Shuttle train has been suspended. I urge everyone not to drive, the roads are dangerous.

For more info and updates please visit http://alert.mta.info/ and http://mytransitupdates.com/

Be safe everyone from the J-MAN and Rockaway Primetime.

Primetime Looking For Community Writers

Attention: Contributing Editors and Writers Wanted!

I’ve decided to change the format of Primetime Reporting and make it a community blog. Why? I want more people from the Rockaway community (from both ends of the peninsula) to be able to have input and contribute to the site’s success. Your stories and viewpoints count, so I urge you to contact me ASAP if you’re interested in being on the Primetime team.

I’m happy to announce that Gary Glennell Toms, known to many in the Rockaway community as “The G-Man”, will serve as a consultant and editor.

The G-Man grew up in the Redfern Houses and is a honors graduate of Far Rockaway High School. After attending Queens College, he went on to serve as a columnist, reporter and the associate editor of “The Wave” newspaper. He’s received numerous awards for his work in journalism, and he’s been a great source of inspiration. He currently manages two very popular (independent) news sites, so I’m really looking forward to working with him….and all residents concerned about the current state and future of Rockaway.

“J-Man”

Rockaway’s east end needs more food choices

Do you live on the East end of Rockaway? If so, there’s a good chance that you’ll probably disagree when I say we need more food choices. I’m not talking about more McDonald’s or Popeye’s. I’m talking about more options for healthier food. Allow me to use Mott Avenue, which is located on the southern end of the peninsula, as an example. The area is known to many as “Downtown Far Rockaway”. It’s considered the mecca for shopping and eating in Rockaway, but I don’t want to consume greasy food that, according to most medical reports, will increase my chances of a heart attack when I get older.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not trying to come across as the food police or denounce anyone who happens to love fast food. People have a right to eat whatever they want. I’m simply trying to raise awareness about the food choices here on the east end, especially when you consider what’s on the west end. I submit the following to illustrate my point.

 

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The Community House – Beach 102nd Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard

Now this is what I call food! Yes, you can argue that some of the menu items aren’t healthy, but my point is that there’s nothing on the east end like this place, at all. Let’s be honest. It’s really hard to find a bar and restaurant on the east end that’s cozy, inviting and serves good food.

 

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UMA’S

This is another great spot that I must acknowledge. Without question, it’s an establishment with quality food and service. In addition, you’ll find it pleasing to your palate and easy on your pocket. Again, I don’t see anything like UMA’s on the east end.

There are other exceptional west end restaurants that are worth mentioning, but I’ll move on and point out some of the options we have on the east end.

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Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin Robbins

I have one simple question. What can I eat at Dunkin’ Donuts that’s going to fill me up? A man can’t live off bagels, coffee, doughnuts or Munchkins alone. If I needed to dramatically gain weight to audition for “Fat Bastard” in the next Austin Powers movie, then DDBR would serve its purpose. The term decent or hearty meal doesn’t come to mind when you think of DDBR. Not hatin’…. just saying.

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Gino’s Pizzeria and Restaurant

This used to be the best place in Rockaway to get pizza, but for some reason the pizza just doesn’t taste the same as it did back in the day. Let me be clear. I have no problem supporting this business. James Cruz, the assistant manager, is a wonderful person. I’ve had great conversations with Mr. Cruz and we have a good relationship. I would like to keep it that way. I’ll still buy pizza from Gino’s, but I wish it could recapture that old school flavor, figuratively and literally.

(Photo credit: Brianne & Berry, Visual journalists)

Boardwalk Pizzeria

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In my humble opinion, this is the only bright spot we have on the east end. It’s located in the Arverne-By-The-Sea shopping center on Beach 68th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Stop by, and tell them The J-Man sent you.

 

The time has come to stop supporting corporate franchises like DDBR and McDonald’s, which target our community dollars while shortening our life expectancy. I respectfully request that east end residents, especially those that are just as concerned as I am about this situation, please contact their elected officials and tell them — before they build another housing unit or shopping center — that you also want small businesses and eateries that promote healthy eating and living.

Question: Do you think the east end needs more businesses that promote good and healthy eating practices? You already know my answer. Share your thoughts. After all, this IS a community blog.

“J-Man”

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