Build it Back has been circulating some updated numbers on its progress in South Queens, and although it has been slow, the program seems to actually be moving forward with the reconstruction of hundreds of homes damaged in Hurricane Sandy.
According to statistics from the program, 22 homes in South Queens neighborhoods hit hard by the storm nearly two years ago have already had construction completed through the program, though that’s of more than 8,500 that have signed up. Though the number of homes that have been completed is small, 149, until last March, not a single Sandy-damaged home in the city had work finished through the program.
Contractor Gerry Romski at a house in Broad Channel being worked on as part of the Build it Back program.
It’s a bird, it’s a plane ... actually, yes, it is a bird.
Approximately 125 birders from across the tri-state area came out to enjoy the day-long annual Shorebird Festival at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge near Broad Channel last Saturday.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) is proposing legislation that would prohibit employers from firing workers who miss time at the job for duties as a volunteer firefighter or emergency service provider in state emergencies.
The bill was among the issues concerning volunteer emergency services that Goldfeder spoke about last week during a tour of South Queens vollies with Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica), the chairman of the state Assembly subcommittee that oversees them.
If you can’t get to Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder’s (D-Rockaway Park) office, let Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder’s office come to you.
The lawmaker will have several mobile office hours in Howard Beach, Broad Channel and the Rockaways through Sept. 9. They are:
Let’s face it. New York City streets go through a lot of wear and tear. With thousands upon thousands of cars, trucks and buses rolling over the thousands upon thousands of miles of pavement every hour, it’s natural that the surfaces need upkeep.
Top that with the harsh weather extremes — summer heat, winter cold — and the corrosive salt used to met ice and snow, the asphalt surface doesn’t stand a chance.
In your coverage of the lawsuit between Breezy Point/Belle Harbor residents and National Grid/LIPA, you incorrectly stated that more than 100 homes in Broad Channel ...burned down during Superstorm Sandy. You meant to say Breezy Point. Broad Channel got its fair share of suffering, but our hearts go out to those who lost their homes to fire.
Broad Channel Historical Society
Editor’s note: We thank the writer, and the error has been corrected.
The right strikes back
Re Robert LaRosa’s “The GOP is just awful,” Letters, July 10:
The purpose of the Supreme Court is to determine if laws meet the test of constitutionality. Our politicized Supreme Court no longer serves that function.
Mr. LaRosa became unhinged at the court’s decision to excuse Hobby Lobby from paying for certain contraceptives and abortion drugs for religious reasons. He called the Supreme Court GOP-controlled. This is the same court that declared Obamacare constitutional and said federal policy on immigra
tion superseded states’ rights. Neither decision was constitutional, but since leftists agreed with them, nobody called them GOP-controlled then.
Hobby Lobby’s owners were also contemptuously said to believe in “the magic man in the sky” — the same “magic man” who gave human beings the opposable thumb and brains to think with to differentiate them from the animals. Sadly, all human beings not being equally endowed are capable of using both.
No woman today is denied access to contraception or abortions. If she is working and can’t get what she wants from her employer, she can get it somewhere else.
The truth is what is, not what one wants it to be. Mr. LaRosa would have those who disagree with Obama’s “transformation” of America into a dictatorship “dig deep.” We might then find (stupid as we are) the “irrefutable evidence” that Obama is black. But Obama is only half-black. His mother was white. Like all socialists, LaRosa doesn’t practice what he preaches. If he had dug deeper, he’d have known that Obama is of mixed race.
By the way, what ever happened to the man who was jailed for making the anti-Muslim video that caused that murderous riot in Benghazi? And those incompetent workers in Cincinnati who caused irreparable damage to the reputation of Lois Lerner and the Internal Revenue Service?
Last Thursday was the type of the day that is the reason people live in Roxbury, the small hamlet on the western Rockaway Peninsula between Breezy Point and Riis Park. The warm summer sun illuminated the beige sand that scattered along the narrow walkway “streets” of the gated community.
A crowd of neighbors gathered in front of 402 Seabreeze Ave., where Lorraine and Doris Gresser anxiously waited to climb the steps to her front porch and walk into their home.
A state Supreme Court judge has allowed a class action lawsuit from Breezy Point and Belle Harbor residents and businesses against National Grid and LIPA, accusing the utilities of being culpable in two separate fires that destroyed over 100 homes there during Hurricane Sandy, to proceed.
The suit, filed by Ozone Park law firm Sullivan & Galleshaw, alleges that the decision by LIPA and National Grid, which operate the transmission lines, not to “de-energize” the Rockaway Peninsula before the storm created the conditions that led to the fires.
For many in Howard Beach, the namesake of Charles Park is a mystery. But for those who know who Frank Charles was, his is a story every neighborhood resident should know.
That’s why several years ago, the American Legion Post #1404, based in Broad Channel but including a number of Howard Beach residents as members, sought to construct a memorial sign telling the story of Charles, the first resident of Howard Beach to die in action at war.
Seventy-five billion dollars, Mr. Mayor, and you could not put the funding in the fiscal 2015 budget for the Rockaway-Brooklyn Army Terminal ferry service. Five borough presidents, Community Board 14, some of our representatives in Congress, the state Senate, state Assembly and City Council — and most important, the residents of the Rockaways, Broad Channel, Breezy Point and Brooklyn — are all in support. We think you should rethink this and add the funds needed for the operation of this most needed form of transportation, our only form of water transportation for the entire Peninsula.
Now I know why you never came to the thank-you rally we held for you because you extended our ferry service. Most likely you knew when the train was going back into service and our ferry would sail away for good. This proves once again that Rockaway is truly the stepchild of New York City
The city Department of Transportation’s plans to build dedicated bus lanes along Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards — and perhaps bring select bus service along the route in the future — was met with some concern and even hard-line opposition last week.
Some residents from Woodhaven and other communities who attended a forum on the plan at PS 306 last Wednesday were not so keen on the proposal.
The National Park Service is asking for the public’s input on what to do about West Pond, the former freshwater lake just west of Cross Bay Boulevard in the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge that became connected to the bay when Hurricane Sandy opened a breach in October 2012.
Along with the Federal Highway Administration’s Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division, the NPS is preparing an environmental assessment in support of a proposed project to address damage that resulted from the breach.
Maria Riley ran into her mother’s arms when one of her friends left the third-floor classroom of Visiting Nurse Service of New York’s Early Steps Family Center in Rockaway Beach Friday. Her tears, a testament to how much the other girls there meant to her.
“We’re going to see her on Monday, baby,” her mother, Nicole, told her about her friend.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) just got a big thumbs up from across the aisle.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) announced he would back Goldfeder’s campaign for re-election. Ulrich madetheannouncement at a fundraiser for Goldfeder in Rockaway Tuesday evening. The two represent much of the same area, including the Rockaways, Howard Beach, Broad Channel and Ozone Park.