The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will receive $3.8 million in federal funding to offset the cost of repairs to bridges and tunnels necessitated by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
The funding, announced last Friday by U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), will come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and is authorized under the Stafford Act of 1998, which expanded the authority of the federal government to assist state and municipal governments following disasters.
Many South Queens residents rang in 2014 with a lot of questions still on their mind. When would the city begin restoring homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy? When would the city address flooding issues in Lindenwood? Would Mary Ann Carey give in to pressure and resign as the district manager of Community Board 9?
Some of those questions, and others, were answered throughout the past 12 months, but still even more questions have been raised or have yet to be answered.
More than 80 families will not be in their homes on Christmas Day after a five-alarm fire ripped through their apartment building in Ozone Park last Thursday, rendering all of the units uninhabitable.
Close to a dozen of those families heard the devastating news during a town hall with city Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), Assemblyman Michael Miller (D-Woodhaven), city agencies and the Red Cross at PS 65 last Friday.
Close to $5 million has been allocated to the revamping of the Cross Bay Bridge’s infrastructure and electronic equipment that was damaged by Superstorm Sandy, U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced last Thursday.
“Superstorm Sandy damaged Rockaway’s critical infrastructure like the Cross Bay Bridge, which connects the community with the rest of Queens and beyond,” Schumer said in a written statement. “I am pleased to announce $4.7 million in FEMA funding which will help repair and protect the Cross Bay Bridge in the event of a future storm.”
The city is preparing to fix a stretch of 104th Street in Hamilton Beach, the Queens Chronicle has learned.
After the Chronicle last week reported on the poor condition of the road and the residents’ long wait for answers from city officials on when it will be fixed, a Department of Transportation spokesman last Wednesday said in an email that the street was determined to have been damaged by Superstorm Sandy in October 2011 by officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Help is on the way for many residents still suffering from Superstorm Sandy.
Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau) announced on Monday that he is reintroducing legislation that would allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency to forgive the overpayment of emergency aid to victims of natural disasters, if they were given the funds due to a clerical error.
Howard Beach resident Joyce Adamiszyn said she was blown away when she opened a piece of mail from the Federal Emergency Management Agency last month.
The federal agency, she claims, was seeking to reclaim $16,000 it had sent to her so she could pay rent while rebuilding her Broad Channel house, which was destroyed during Superstorm Sandy.
Flooding near Spring Creek in Lindenwood may soon be a thing of the past, federal and state officials told the Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic Association on Tuesday.
“A project is definitely going to happen,” said Joshua Laird, commissioner of the National Parks of New York Harbor. “The purpose of which is flood protection for this community.”
Plaza College and the Forest Hills office of Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) will soon have two more reputable neighbors planting their flags a few floors away.
The New York City Board of Elections and Regus, an office suite provider with more than 2,000 locations in 100 countries, have signed leases totaling nearly 50,000 square feet with Muss Development and will soon be moving the real estate firm’s Forest Hills Tower at 118-35 Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills, according to Regus’ website and published reports.
(Family Features) Americans who have recently endured a prolonged power outage at home are much more likely to improve their family's emergency preparation for the future, according to a recent report.
(NAPSI)—A recent survey conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) found that nearly 70 percent of Americans have not participated in a preparedness drill or exercise, aside from a fire drill, at their workplace, school or home in the past two years.
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.
While the flooding in Lindenwood was the most heavily discussed topic at last Thursday’s Community Board 10 meeting, another pressing flooding issue was addressed as well.
State Department of Environmental Conservation representative Joanna Field presented the board with an update on the hazard mitigation project at Spring Creek Park, including a rough estimate of when the three phases of work will begin and end.
The thousands of victims of Hurricane Sandy in South Queens, the Rockaways and other shoreline areas in the region have suffered enough. More than enough.
Those in Queens first suffered through the brutal storm that struck nearly 18 months ago, seeing their homes flooded, their possessions destroyed, their subway line across Jamaica Bay rendered inoperable and more, including the loss of life.
Unless you’re looking for it, the Iroquois Yacht Club is not really that easy to find. It’s not even easy to find even if you are looking for it. It doesn’t sit on land, but rather on an offshore wooden platform several dozen yards off Broad Channel similar to a resort in the South Pacific you might ogle on the cover of a travel magazine. To get to the Iroquois Yacht Club, one must walk out over Jamaica Bay on a wooden boardwalk — given the name East 12th Road by the city — and turn left at the end of the “block,” past a number of summer homes. Under your feet are the shallow marshy waters of this part of the bay. Ahead of you are marshlands and distant buildings rising in Far Rockaway. The A train cuts across in the foreground.
It should come as no surprise that this wooden island that is home to the Iroquois Yacht Club was wrecked when Hurricane Sandy slammed into the coast on Oct. 29, 2012.
The House of Representatives passed legislation Tuesday that would roll back the flood insurance rate hikes caused when legislation passed two years ago removed some subsidies that aim to make premiums more affordable.
In his State of the Union Address, President Obama said, if Congress continues to “gridlock” his agenda, he would invoke his inherent powers and issue executive orders. Shouts of impeachment rang out in the GOP-controlled House!
Laws are made almost exclusively by legislation originated as acts of Congress; such acts are either signed into law by the president or passed into law by Congress after a presidential veto. However, presidents can issue orders, which have the force of law.
All presidents invoked this power except William Henry Harrison, our ninth president. John Adams, James Madison and John Monroe each issued only one. The three highest were Teddy Roosevelt (1,081), Woodrow Wilson (1,803) and Franklin D. Roosevelt (3,522).
Here are samples of presidential orders: Wilson provided conditions for employment for the Panama Canal. John F. Kennedy created the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Jimmy Carter established the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Ronald Reagan created the president’s commission on th
e HIV epidemic. Obama signed on Feb. 12 an executive order that requires federal contractors to raise their minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10, effective in 2015.
Readers, for your information, the numbers of executive orders by our last three presidents are: Bill Clinton (364), George W. Bush (291) — and, for the past five years, Obama (169).
Build it Back, the city program established after Hurricane Sandy to help people who lost their homes to the storm, has so far done anything but.
The numbers tell the story of complete and utter failure. Approximately $1.5 billion has been allocated for the program, and so far less than 2 percent of that money has actually been released. Nearly 20,000 people have applied for assistance, and the number of homes rebuilt is zero.
Community Board 10 got its first briefing last Thursday on Gov. Cuomo’s plan to reconstruct Spring Creek Park in Howard Beach to create a better flood barrier and a more user-friendly greenspace, and members had a laundry list of questions for representatives from the state Department of Environmental Conservation for what it would mean on the quality of life in the neighborhood.
The parkland, which frames the western and southern parts of the “new side” of Howard Beach, is underutilized, unkempt and inadequate as flood protection, according to the DEC and reconstruction work, which will be funded by Sandy relief money, would reconstruct it to allow for better flood protection and make it a more usable space for parkgoers.
The U.S. Senate passed legislation last Thursday that would relieve the flood rate hikes mandated by a 2012 law aimed at stabilizing the finances of the National Flood Insurance Program.
By a vote of 67-32, the Senate approved the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, which if made into law would delay the increases in the flood insurance rates mandate under the Biggert-Waters Act of 2012, until the Federal Emergency Management Agency does an affordability study to determine how the rate hikes would affect homeowners in food zones. It also would require FEMA to certify that its flood maps are accurate and ensure local levees and other flood control structures are taken into account in the mapping process.
The ongoing recovery from 2012’s Hurricane Sandy dominated life in South Queens for most of 2013 and was a factor in many other big stories, from the future of the abandoned Rockaway Beach LIRR line to the election battle between Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and his Democratic opponent Lew Simon.
But South Queens also dealt with a wide array of other issues in 2013, from crime at Forest Park to internal strife on Community Board 9.
Howard Beach’s PS 207 may have been the most heavily damaged school in Queens by Hurricane Sandy.
The school, at 159-15 88 St., is in the heart of the heavily residential Rockwood Park section of the neighborhood that was hit hard by Sandy’s storm surge last year.
Much of Howard Beach is placed in Zone AE under the new flood maps released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, but several blocks on the west side of the neighborhood and higher areas, including Lindenwood, are in the less risky Zone X.