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Hurricane Sandy hit 13 months ago, and the Rockaway boardwalk, which was completely destroyed in the storm west of Beach 88th Street, has still not been rebuilt.
That fact has been a point of contention between the city and the Rockaway community since the hurricane. As devastated boardwalks have been rebuilt on the Jersey Shore and Long Beach in Nassau County, the people of the Rockaways were left wondering “what about us?”
Six new laws designed to make buildings more resilient when hit by storms such as Hurricane Sandy were signed by Mayor Bloomberg last week.
The measures all stem from recommendations made by the city’s Building Resiliency Task Force. And they use new flood maps created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as the standard for what areas are susceptible to deluges like those created by Sandy in South Queens, the Rockaways and other areas. Some rules affect new construction and some affect existing buildings.
After 43 years in Jackson Heights, the main campus of Plaza College will call Forest Hills home starting next September.
Plaza College has agreed to a 15-year, 40,000-square-foot lease with Muss Development LLC and will move into the first two floors of the Forest Hills Tower at 118-35 Queens Blvd. The move of the main campus from Jackson Heights, where the school has been located since 1970, is designed to celebrate the school’s upcoming 100-year anniversary in 2016.
Those concerned over the possibility of massive flood insurance rate hikes can breathe a sigh of relief. At least for now.
Congress unveiled a deal struck last week to postpone the rate hikes that started taking effect last month because of the Biggert-Waters Act, a 2012 law that sought to put the cash-strapped National Flood Insurance Program, administrated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, on more solid financial footing.
(StatePoint) Imagine living without heat, power or communication during the coldest days of the year. During a winter weather emergency, not only can these conditions be unpleasant, but dangerous too.
There was perhaps no other community in Queens taken by surprise by Hurricane Sandy as much as Howard Beach.
The neighborhood was thought to be immune to Sandy’s storm surge because of it’s relative weakness as a Category 1 storm and geography: the Rockaway Peninsula stood between Howard Beach and the ocean.
Sen Charles Schumer (D-NY) announced this week that New York State is set to receive an estimated $6.3 billion in further Sandy-relief funding in 2014.
The money is allocated from the $61 billion Sandy aid package that was approved earlier this year by Congress. According to Schumer, less than one-third of the money has been spent.
A bipartisan deal has been struck in Congress that aims to avoid the hikes in flood insurance rates under a 2012 law that could lead to some residents paying thousands of dollars a year in flood insurance premiums.
The bill, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, was introduced this week by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Rep. Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island) in the House of Representatives and Sens. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) in the Senate. Waters is the ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee and co-sponsor of the 2012 Biggert-Waters Act, the law the new bill seeks to change.
For elected officials, incumbency is typically a positive — a chance to make the case to voters that your term in office has been successful for the community you represent and their vote will give them more successes in the future
That’s exactly what Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), running for a second full term in office, is hoping for.
A little more than six months after Hurricane Sandy, several dozen Rockaway residents stood in the cold spring rain at Beach 95th Street and Shore Front Parkway to protest.
From their vantage point, they were able to see right out into the ocean. Any rougher weather and where they stood would have been underwater.
Surfers are still plying the waves in the Rockaways nearly a year after Hurricane Sandy. But one of their favorite stores, the Breezy Point Surf Shop, is struggling to avoid a wipeout.
Almost a year ago, Hurricane Sandy destroyed the store. Owner Donald Ritter watched the storm wash away $80,000 worth of merchandise and his life savings. He did not have any flood insurance.
(NAPSI)—Your home is probably the biggest monetary investment you’ll ever make, so it’s a good idea to carefully discuss your house’s siding choices with your home builder or remodeler.
The crowd grew so large last Saturday, one resident said the population of Broad Channel may have doubled. The neighborhood’s American Legion Hall on Cross Bay Boulevard could not hold everyone who showed up for South Queens’ rally against flood insurance premium hikes that begin this month.
It was just one of dozens of rallies held across the country at the same time, including in coastal communities in Louisiana, Florida, Alabama and Massachusetts and floodprone areas in states like Iowa and Illinois. The rallies were held in protest to the 2012 Biggert-Waters Act, a bill that supporters said seeks to put the National Flood Insurance Program on solid financial footing, but opponents fear will lead to the decimation of coastal communities like Howard Beach, Broad Channel and the Rockaways.
A Fresh Meadows woman was arrested Tuesday by for allegedly scamming more than $87,000 in benefits, claiming she was a victim of Hurricane Sandy.
Caterina M. Curatolo, 48, of 59-13 159 St., was charged with grand larceny, insurance fraud, scheme to defraud and multiple counts of offering a false instrument for filing and falsifying business records. If convicted, she faces up to seven years in prison.
When one thinks of a national park, the iconic ones come to mind — Yellowstone, Yosemite and Acadia — or the sites of some of America’s greatest natural wonders— the Grand Canyon, the Everglades or the erupting Hawaiian volcanoes. One typically doesn’t think of Queens.
But if the Obama administration has its way, southern Queens — as well as other parts of coastal New York City — will become the poster child for urban national parks.
City offers more data on campaign finance
Seeking to alleviate concerns from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and civil liberties groups over the separation of church and state issues regarding a bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives to aid houses of worship damaged by Hurricane Sandy, two U.S. senators have introduced a new measure that would limit the aid to repairs of their physical structures.
If the two previous town hall meetings in Howard Beach discussing the neighborhood’s recovery from Hurricane Sandy were any indication, many entered St. Helen’s Father Dooley Hall on Sunday afternoon prepared for a showdown; a raucous meeting of angry, frustrated and confused homeowners loudly expressing their concerns and obstacles in the recovery from the community’s worst disaster, perhaps in it’s history.
But that’s not what happened Sunday. Whether it was the length of time since Sandy — almost eight months to the day — or the tone of the questions asked, the town hall meeting hosted by Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn) and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park), featuring re
presentatives of the Department of Financial Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, yielded answers to a number of questions. Those inquires, including “Do I have to raise my house?” and “Will Build It Back, the new city-sponsored recovery program, help pay for what insurance and FEMA didn’t?” were not answered with “I’ll get back to you,” but rather something substantive.
(StatePoint) No one likes to think about worst case scenarios, but being prepared for them is crucial to quickly recover in the event they occur.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency released its preliminary flood maps Monday which include much of coastal Queens that was flooded in Hurricane Sandy.
The new maps, the first change in New York City’s flood zones in 30 years, put nearly all of the Rockaway Peninsula, Broad Channel and Howard Beach into high-risk areas that will force residents to purchase flood insurance and follow new guidelines for home construction.
There’s a 20-foot sycamore tree on the curb in front of Carla Errico’s house on 90th Street in Howard Beach and Errico says it needs to go.
Most of the tree is bare. A few leaves are growing on a branch in the middle of the tree.