U.S. Reps. Meeks, Meng, Maloney, Velasquez, and Jeffries Meet with USPS to Discuss NYC Postal Crisis

JAMAICA, NY—This week, Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (NY-05) and Congresswomen Grace Meng (NY-06) of Queens were joined by staff of U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney (NY-12), Nydia Velazquez (NY-07), and Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) in a meeting the Members requested with the United States Postal Service (USPS) about the ongoing postal crisis in Queens and Brooklyn.

 “This meeting was a productive first step, though it falls far short of a full and adequate resolution of the postal service crisis in Queens and Brooklyn. In our meeting, I was very candid about the shortcomings of USPS’ service in my district. I retold my constituents’ stories about delayed and non-delivered mail, lost packages, and mailbox manipulation,” Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (NY-05) said. “Our constituents should never have to worry about the many postal service issues plaguing our boroughs. The postal service assured us it will hire additional staff—including letter carriers—to resolve delays and discrepancies in mail delivery; station USPS staff on phone lines to respond to comments and concerns from the public, and to ensure every postal matter is handled in a timely manner; and, retrofit 3,000 P.O. Boxes in Queens and Brooklyn to prevent ‘mail fishing. I’ll continue to hold USPS accountable as it attempts to fix outstanding mail issues in my district.”

 “Complaints about the Postal Service in my district have reached an all-time high,” said Congresswoman Meng (NY-06). “Problems are a regular occurrence and continue to grow. Throughout my district, constituents have complained about missing mail, untimely delivery, receiving wrong mail, packages not being picked up or delivered, and poor customer service at several post office branches. These constant problems are unacceptable. Queens residents are entitled to reliable and timely mail service. During this meeting, we made our complaints loud and clear, and Postal officials clearly heard about the problems impacting our constituents. It is imperative that the agency now follow through on its commitment to resolve these issues, and we will keep the pressure on until they do. I do want to commend the Postal Service for agreeing to my request to retrofit collection boxes in order to combat mail fishing. I look forward to these upgrades occurring soon.”

 “I’m pleased to work with my colleagues to address postal concerns facing Queens residents.  Changes in the way people use the post office has had a major impact, with many more packages and fewer letters.  What’s more, over the last decade, Western Queens and North Brooklyn has grown enormously, and the increased density has negatively impacted mail delivery service. I have written to the postal service repeatedly about the need for a new full-service post office in Dutch Kills, which would help ensure that residents and small businesses have reliable postal service, and my staff reiterated those concerns during the meeting,” Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) said. “I’m glad that USPS committed to hiring additional staff to help resolve recurring mail delivery problems, and we need to retrofit mail boxes to prevent theft. Consumers and businesses deserve reliable delivery service, and I will continue to work with USPS to help resolve these problems in Western Queens and North Brooklyn. I thank Congressman Meeks for hosting this important meeting.”

 “Mail service in America is a right. Every single one of my constituents deserves to receive mail regularly at their home, without delay. The non-delivery of mail, chronically late mail and other poor customer service issues that people may have experienced is absolutely unacceptable,” Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) stated.  “I look forward to working with my colleagues in the New York Delegation and the United States Postal Service to ensure that every New Yorker receives dependable service from the USPS.”

You Can Own a Home or Business – Sign up for Senator Sanders’ Financial Boot Camp

Kick your finances into gear with Senator Sanders’ FREE Financial Boot Camp. Do you want to own your own home or business but have bad credit or no credit? We can help. This once-in-a-lifetime program will give you all the tools you need to achieve your dream including learning how to repair or acquire credit, designing a budget and creating a plan for success – one that is specifically tailored to meet your needs with the help of expert one-on-one counseling. Classes will be held twice a week for four weeks. You must attend all sessions to successfully complete the training.

Are you interested?

Stop by Senator Sanders’ District Office and fill out an application. This must be done in person.

We are located at 142-01 Rockaway Boulevard, South Ozone Park, NY 11436.

In order to qualify for the program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Must Live in Senator Sanders’ District
  • Must Be interested in Pursuing Home / Business Ownership
  • Must Not Have Owned a Home in the Past
  • Must Not Be A Current Homeowner

*Seats are limited and qualifying applicants are chosen by lottery*

If you are not sure if you live in Senator Sanders’ District, click the link below and enter your address to determine your state elected representative.


For more information, call Senator Sanders’ District Office at 718-523-3069.

Pheffer Amato Introduces Albany Legislative Session Intern Calls Michael Matteo “The Best and the Brightest”

Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato announced today her NYS Assembly Session Intern, Michael Matteo, who will be working out of her Albany Legislative Office for the 2018 Session.

Matteo, a Staten Island native, and senior at Baruch College majoring in Public Affairs with a minor in Law & Public Policy, started the Assembly Internship program with previous legislative experience. Matteo has aspirations to attend law school in the near future, and has an interest in sports and gambling law.

Formerly, Matteo, was an intern for Councilman Donovan Richards in his Manhattan Legislative Office. Matteo has gained an impressive amount of aptitude and facility with the legislative process through his experience interning in the city council and currently is helping with bill research, drafting of memos and even coordinating Albany scheduling within the Assemblywoman’s Office.

“Michael knows all about living in an area that is tolled heavily and is still recovering from Hurricane Sandy- so it’s a perfect fit!” said Pheffer Amato. “”The Assembly Internship program is amazing and teaches our students such valuable life lessons. Michael jumped right in, and has made my second legislative session more navigable and more powerful-I cannot wait to see him succeed in all of his future endeavors.”

Arverne Resident Christian Izien Commits to Rutgers University Football

By Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet

Arverne resident Christian Izien is on his way across the Hudson River to join the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.

The Erasmus Hall Senior had an incredible high school career totaling 5 interceptions and 62 tackles as a Free Safety. Not to mention, 7 touchdowns resulting in a kick return.

Izien was offered a full scholarship to join Rutgers Football Program, formally known as the “Birthplace of College Football”. Shortly after, Izien and his team at Erasmus made the PSAL Championship Game at Yankee Stadium this past fall against Curtis High School.

Head Coach Danny Landberg of Erasmus, is known to bring big talent and scouts to his program.  Big college football coaches like Urban Myer from Ohio State, and Jim  Harbaugh of Michigan.

“To be able to help these kids get out of New York City, have an opportunity to see how life is lived outside of here, give them a free education and not to have to worry about the debt afterward, it’s one of the best things you can do,” Landberg said.

“I gave him good advice and listened, and I am proud of him.” “I think I will see him on the New York Giants or Pittsburgh Steelers.” “One final word, for parents, invests in your children and if you can, find some time and mentor a child who needs a dad,” said Edwin Williams.

“I am very excited to see him play at Rutgers being a division 1 athlete myself.”  Edwin Williams, President of Palmers Landing Homeowners Association and former Head Coach of the Rockaway Ravens.

Skys the limit for Izien as he continues his journey on the field, and in the classroom. We wish Christian Izien the best of luck and we’re sure he is a hero and inspiration to many young people in the Rockaways.

To watch some of Christian Izien’s highlights, click the following links below.



Video Credit to Hudi.

Photo by C.J Smith




Chicago Police Came to Take a Break In Arverne

By Rockaway Primetime Staff

Yes, you heard it first. Chicago P.D came to take a break from all the crime in Chicago at Arverne’s Rockaway Community Park. Now, now, we are just joking. The city of Chicago this week reported no fatal shootings in the past 7 days.


Chicago Police cruisers are seen on Almeda Avenue near Ocean Bay Houses in Arverne. Photo by Nicola Thomas-Walker

The Chicago police and EVAC are part of a T.V series called “The Good Fight”, which airs on CBS live streaming service “All Access”.

About The Good Fight

The Good Fight picks up one year after the events of the final broadcast episode of The Good Wife. In the new series, an enormous financial scam has destroyed the reputation of a young lawyer, Maia Rindell, while simultaneously wiping out her mentor and godmother Diane Lockhart’s savings. Forced out of Lockhart & Lee, they join Lucca Quinn at one of Chicago’s pre-eminent law firms. The series, from “The Good Wife” creators Robert and Michelle King, stars Christine Baranski, Cush Jumbo, Rose Leslie, Delroy Lindo, Sarah Steele, Justin Bartha, Erica Tazel, Paul Guilfoyle and Bernadette Peters.


              Chicago EVAC ambulance getting ready for its next scene of the show.  

On a positive note, it is always nice to see other big cities visit one another. Especially in Rockaway where long ago we would be left unnoticed.

Our founder of the site was born in Chicago. So, we are sure if it would be offensive to anyone, we wouldn’t get clearance to publish. We hope for a safe and record-breaking crime year in Chicago and wish for everyone’s safety in 2018.

Photos by Nicola Thomas-Walker


Pheffer Amato, Addabbo, Stringer, Shareholders call out HPD for lack of oversight in wake of deadly Mitchell-Lama Co-Op Fire.

In a press conference this morning, State Elected Officials, the NYC Comptroller, and Shareholders called out the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) for lack of oversight in ensuring annual apartment inspections within NYC Mitchell-Lama Co-op building in Rockaway Beach, Queens and are requesting that HPD conduct a full review of the mismanagement of the board of directors and the Management Company. 


Rockaway Beach, Queens- In response to a deadly fire this past Friday, January 12th, 2018, within 8800 Shore Front Parkway in Rockaway Beach, NYS Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Beach)NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo (D-Howard Beach), NYC Comptroller Scott M. Stringer and Shareholders today called out the Housing Preservation Department (HPD) in a press conference for lack of oversight in providing annual apartment inspections within the Dayton Beach Park #1 Corp. (DBP), a Mitchell-Lama Housing Development Co-op responsible for overseeing 8100, 8200, 8400, 8600, 8800 Shore Front Parkway Rockaway Beach, Queens.

“As a shareholder I am terrified, as an Elected Official, I am disgusted. Something is not right.” said Pheffer Amato. “Since being elected in 2016, I have expressed concerns regarding the absence of annual apartment inspections within DBP, as well as management and board of director issues. Apartment inspections are not only necessary, but required in order to ensure the safety and quality of life for all shareholders. This fire was an incident waiting to happen.”

“There is nothing worse than a loss of human life that could have been avoided.” Addabbo said. “With the recent fire in Rockaway, if the collective voices of the buildings’ tenants were heard, a person would be alive today. The city needs to do a better job with inspections and working with management companies.”

NYC Comptroller Scott M. Stringer said, “Months ago, the Housing and Preservation Department said that inspections of this building would happen. They haven’t — and now, tragedy has struck. Had it not been for the bravery of the FDNY and NYPD, this situation could have been far worse. That inspections didn’t take place is deeply, deeply alarming. The agency must step up and ensure that all regulations are enforced, both in the Rockaways and across the city. This is about the safety of New Yorkers, and it’s about right and wrong.”

This past August, Pheffer Amato sent a letter, at the request of hundreds of constituents and shareholders, to both HPD and First Service Residential (who formerly managed the buildings until 12/31/17) expressing concerns of the absence of annual apartment inspections. In the letter Pheffer Amato stated: “According to the contract between First Service Residential and the NYC HPD, management is required to conduct and prepare the annual apartment inspections and reports. Additionally, this is a requirement by HPD as stated in the Mitchell-Lama rules.” HPD responded in a letter on August 30th, 2017 by Assistant Commissioner Julie Walpert who stated: “Please be advised that inspections will be conducted by management the third week of September”. According to residents, inspections have not commenced to date.

“I was in the lobby going back upstairs when I saw the fire trucks, firefighters were on their way up to 11P, my next door neighbor’s apartment.” said Helen Lee (Fanning) a 24 year resident of 8800 Shore Front Parkway. “My apartment is destroyed from the fire. For years, I filed complaints to management about my neighbors’ hoarding. A few years back- when called for a gas leak-FDNY couldn’t even open his door because of all the debris. I can barely remember the last time my apartment was inspected, I think it was a few years after Hurricane Sandy. This all could have been prevented if the proper precautions were taken earlier.”

As of 1/13/2018, FDNY Fire Marshals have confirmed: The cause of the fire was accidental, there was a halogen lamp in close proximity to combustibles. A 91-year-old female is deceased as a result of her injuries and smoke alarms were not present.


101st Precinct Community Council to host a meeting Wednesday concerning NYPD & Camero Driver dispute. (Watch Video)

By Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet

This Wednesday, January 17 at 6PM will be the 101st Precinct Community Council meeting. The meeting will be located at 1821 Conaga Avenue, Far Rockaway NY.

This meeting will not be regular.  The meeting is expected to be a very important one.

This past weekend a disturbing video posted on Facebook Live consisting of a plainclothes officer and a civilian getting into a nasty exchange over a missing signal.

What appears in the video below is over 15 officers arrived at the disappointed driver in a Chevy White Camero. The officers make their way to confront why the driver did not signal and asking for his license and registration of the vehicle.

The video can be viewed at the link below. Viewers discretion is advised.


The 101st Precinct Community Council left this statement to Rockaway Primetime Reporting concerning the video.


The incident was taken place near the Car Wash off of Mott Avenue and Beach Channel Drive.

The condition of the Camero driver is unknown at this time.

Rockaway Primetime Reporting will air live Wednesday the outcome of the meeting. Stay tuned!

Hammels has portable boilers; why not Redfern?

By Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet

As we all are aware of the ongoing heat and hot water problem at Redfern Housing Complex.

The boiler system as reported by several residents of the complex has been leaking and freezing up. Crews were sent out to repair it for the last couple of days. Unfortunately, the boiler continues to break down, and heat and hot water continue to be nonexistent.

Some residents of Redfern say they’ve gone five days without heat and hot water.

Rockaway Primetime Reporting has observed that the Hammles housing (under NYCHA as well) has portable boilers since Sandy put into place that is able to heat buildings that lacked heat.


The photo above shows the portable boiler stationed behind 86th Street in Hammels Housing complex. 

Instead of sending a subpar plumbing crew. NYCHA perhaps should just call this company and pay for temporary portable boilers so residents do not have to freeze in this “arctic blast” and blizzard.  Link— http://www.powerhouse.com

Temperatures in New York is projected to below normal and freezing. Windchills have been reported to be around -20 degrees by Thursday night.

Where is the Office of Emergency Management in response? We couldn’t get a callback.

Closure Proposal: P.S. / M.S. 042 R. Vernam Fact Sheet.

What is being proposed?

The Department of Education (DOE) is proposing to close P.S. / M.S. 042 R. Vernam (“P.S. 42”). If this proposal is approved by the Panel for Educational Policy, P.S. 42 will be closed at the end of the 2017-18 school year and the DOE will work with students in grades K-8 to ensure they have a seat at a higher-performing school next year.

Why is this being proposed?

Our top priority is ensuring every student has access to a high-quality education. Through the Renewal Schools program, P.S. 42 has received resources aimed at increasing student achievement and improving school climate, including new classroom curricula, individual mentoring and tutoring services, an additional five hours of learning time each week for every student, and a community-based organization connected to the school that provides a range of physical and mental health support for students and families. While P.S. 42 has made improvements in some areas, proficiency in math and ELA have remained persistently low, and are below citywide and district averages. We firmly believe that your child would be better served at another school, and will work closely with your family to identify a higher-performing school that will meet their needs.

The table below shows academic information for P.S. 42 since the 2013-14 school year:

Measure 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2016-17 District Avg. 2016-17 Citywide Avg.
ELA Proficiency 6% 5% 11% 16% 39% 41%
Math Proficiency 5% 5% 8% 11% 34% 38%
Enrollment 649 684 701 719 N/A N/A

* Based on DOE School Performance Data; Proficiency Rates: NYS Test Results; Graduation and College Readiness Rates: School Quality Report and School Performance Dashboard. For ES/MS, district average is used; for HS, borough average is used.What

Does this mean for your family?

If the proposal is approved, children continuing in middle school will be offered a seat at a higher performing school next year either in District 27 or in your home district. All current students continuing in middle school grades and their families will receive a personalized application in which they will be able to list their top school choices. The DOE’s Office of Student Enrollment will provide every family with individualized enrollment counseling to ensure students find a higher-performing school that meets their needs. We invite you to participate in school tours as an opportunity for you and your family to get to know the school options available as part of this proposal.  You will receive information about school tours from your parent coordinator.

Pre-K students will participate in the standard Kindergarten admissions process, 5th grade students will participate in the standard middle school admissions processes, and 8th grade students will participate in the standard high school admissions process.


Opportunities to share your thoughts and questions:

We deeply value your feedback and encourage you to attend one of the upcoming public meetings to discuss this proposal.  


  • First, Superintendent Mary Barton will host a community meeting at P.S. 42in the coming weeks where parents will have an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about what this means for your family. This meeting will be held at P.S. 42. The meeting is scheduled for January 10, 2018 at 6:30 p.m..  If you have any questions about the community meeting, please send an email to schoolredesign@schools.nyc.gov  


  • There will also be a Joint Public Hearing at P.S. 42 where the community, including families and students, can share their thoughts about the proposal. The date and time for this hearing will be shared shortly.



  • Finally, the proposal to close P.S. 42will be voted on by the Panel for Education Policy on February 28th, 2018 where families can share comments. This meeting will be held at 6:00 PM at MS 131, 100 Hester Street, New York, New York 10002.  Once a proposal has been posted, the DOE will have dedicated phone and email feedback lines where communities can submit feedback, comments and questions to be addressed by the DOE in an analysis of public comment.



By January 12, 2018 the Joint Public Hearing details and proposal will be posted and available on the DOE’s website which we encourage you to visit often, as we will update it regularly: http://schools.nyc.gov/AboutUs/leadership/PEP/default.htm.

St. John’s Starts the Holiday Season

St. John’s Episcopal Hospital Holds Tree Lighting Ceremony

FAR ROCKAWAY, 2017—Thursday, November 30, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital hosted their annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and Nativity Blessing at the hospital. The tree and decorations were donated by the hospital’s Medical Executive Committee. Before the tree was lit, attendees were led in prayer by Elder Rashn Staley, Assistant Pastor at the Refuge Church of Christ located on Mott Avenue.

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The lighting of the tree was preceded by performances from the scholars at Lucille Rose Day Care Center. The children led the audience, made up of community residents and St. John’s staff members in “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” and “The Dancing Christmas Tree Song.” As the tree was lit, the crowd joined St. John’s Vice President of External Affairs, Renee Hastick-Motes in a rendition of “Joy to the World”.

The students were given stuffed animals, donated by the Lawrence Yacht and Country Club, as well as gingerbread cookies and juice after their performance.

Following the tree lighting ceremony, the audience was invited outside for the blessing of the hospital’s Nativity scene, which was led by Rev. Dr. Cecily P. Broderick y Guerra, St. John’s Vice President of Mission. The scene figurines were donated to the hospital by St. John’s Episcopal Church located in Hewlett.

“We all know that Christmas time is a time to celebrate the birth of Christ as well as spend time with our families and friends,” said Gerard Walsh, CEO of St. John’s. “The staff at St. John’s would like to wish all a happy and healthy holiday season.”

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About St. John’s
St. John’s Episcopal Hospital is the only hospital providing emergency and ambulatory care to the densely populated, culturally and economically diverse, and medically underserved populations of the Rockaways and Five Towns in southern Queens County and southwestern Nassau County, New York. St. John’s is a recipient of the Stroke Gold-Plus Get with the Guidelines®-Stroke Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association.

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