The recently concluded baseball winter meetings in San Diego produced little news for Mets fans aside from the team signing former Phillies outfielder John Mayberry Jr. to a $1.45 million, one-year contract. Mayberry has power and had been a thorn in the Mets’ side whenever they played Philadelphia. This kind of bargain-basement acquisition is a hallmark of Mets general manager Sandy Alderson’s tenure.
If that was all that transpired, the Mets would have been better off than they were before the winter meetings. Unfortunately, Alderson once again felt compelled to discuss Mets’ fans least favorite topic: namely the Amazin’s need for continued “payroll flexibility.” That term has become a sports euphemism for pinching pennies, which of course is an area in which the Mets have expertise.
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’s Build it Back program is seeking a new construction manager for Queens to increase the number of renovations on Sandy-ravaged homes. Here, Build it Back workers lay the ground-work for a construction project in Broad Channel.
In an effort to help families affected by Superstorm Sandy rebuild their homes, the city’s Build it Back program is seeking a new construction manager for Queens.
“Since the mayor’s overhaul, this has been a year of significant progress,” Amy Peterson, director of the mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery, which oversees the Build it Back program, said in an email to the Queens Chronicle. “And we expect the onboarding of new construction firms — who will deploy new strategies to target entire neighborhoods — will continue to accelerate the city’s Sandy recovery.”
Melissa Herlitz, a planner with the city Planning Department, updates Community Board 10 members on the Resilient Neighborhoods study for Old Howard Beach and Hamilton Beach. The study seeks to stop flooding in the two communities.
The study area for Old Howard Beach and Hamilton Beach.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) has co-written a letter with U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) petitioning U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to immediately approve an application filed by the Broad Channel Civic Association to open a new Contract Postal Unit on the island.
The neighborhood had a CPU that operated out of the Baygull Bagel Store on Cross Bay Blvd. until it was damaged in Superstorm Sandy.
Kerri Naples, an algebra II/trigonometry teacher from the Scholars’ Academy in the Rockaways, was one of seven teachers to receive the sixth annual Sloan Award for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics and the only honoree from Queens.
“You don’t know what you are missing if you don’t have a teacher like Kerri Naples,” said Scholars’ Academy Principal Brian O’Connell.
City Planning officials last Thursday said the objective of the department’s resilient neighborhood study in Old Howard Beach, Hamilton Beach and Broad Channel is to identify ways that people in those areas can be prepared for future floods.
“We want to make sure people have the ability to retrofit their homes,” Thomas Smith, a city planner, said at a presentation given to Community Board 10 members.
(NAPSI)—The holidays are about families gathering together to celebrate and to discuss issues of importance to everyone, including older members of the family. For this reason, an annual campaign called Home for the Holidays was established to provide families with information to help stimulate a dialogue about major issues affecting their older loved ones. This year’s campaign focuses on the risks to brain health for older adults and offers some simple strategies to help mitigate those risks.
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.
(NAPSI)—While a disruption in drinking water supplies in Ohio and the Hypoxia “Dead Zone” in the Gulf of Mexico are two examples of what can happen when too much phosphorus fertilizer runs off into waterways from agricultural fields and suburban lawns, there are solutions to the problem.
A federal judge has dismissed the lawsuit brought against Borough President Melinda Katz by six former Queens Library trustees who had sought to have their dismissals overturned by the court, Katz announced Sunday.
The six were members of a faction that had shielded now-suspended library President and CEO Tom Galante from attempts by a minority of the board to put him on leave while investigations into alleged financial mismanagement played out, and that had refused to provide City Comptroller Scott Stringer with all the documents he sought for an audit of the system.
For the third time in Citi Field’s six-year history, the Mets have altered their ballpark’s dimensions. This time a good chunk of the right field wall was brought in an average of 10 feet.
While moving in the fences would seem counterproductive to a team that lives and dies by its pitching, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson believes the changes will yield a net benefit to the Mets. Apparently his thinking is that Mets pitchers can shut down opposing hitters in even a bandbox while the visiting teams’ mediocre pitchers have looked like the second coming of Cy Young against our Flushing heroes because of the spaciousness of Citi Field.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, left, speaks with reporters following the announcement that Rep. Gregory Meeks, center, would be reintroducing legislation that would allow FEMA to forgive overpayment of emergency aid given to Sandy victims.
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.
Residents of Hamilton Beach are taking their fight to have a street in the community repaired to the highest level of City Hall.
Roger Gendron, president of the New Hamilton Beach Civic Association, has started a petition asking Mayor de Blasio to direct the Department of Transportation to repave 104th Street, which has been neglected for years.
It has been said the small businesses are the backbone of our communities here in Queens, and I am certainly one to reiterate that sentiment. The small businesses, many of which I frequent myself — convenience stores, delis, restaurants and more — are what keep so many of our borough’s commercial corridors going.
Small Business Saturday, this year set for Nov. 29, is a time to acknowledge the services our local stores have to offer. The everyday items we may not always take the time to note, the comfort you have in being a “regular” somewhere or simply just having a convenient place to shop are certainly reasons to appreciate our local stores. Cross Bay Boulevard, Myrtle Avenue, Metropolitan Avenue, Jamaica Avenue, Grand Avenue, Beach 116th Street and Beach 129th Street are just some of the corridors that see thousands of people every day. Where would we be without them?
Those masters of frugality, the New York Mets, surprised the baseball world by becoming the first Major League Baseball team to sign a name free agent as they inked veteran outfielder Michael Cuddyer to a two-year, $21 million contract last week.
Normally this kind of signing spells trouble. Cuddyer will be 36 years old when the 2015 season begins and he missed most of 2014 because of a combination of shoulder and hamstring injuries. He is also a defensive liability.
Residents of Southeast Queens have spent two decades asking for input on ways to control the chronic flooding in the region.
On Oct. 13, more than 40 people from Springfield Gardens, Brookville and Rosedale took that opportunity as the state prepares to spend $6 million in federal Hurricane Sandy relief money in the Idlewild Watershed region.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder is calling on FEMA to stop sending recoupment letters to people who received federal aid in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
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.
In an era when there are cable news networks devoted to reporting the world of big business and world finance, an Obama administration official was in Bayside last week talking small business.
“Small businesses account for 51 percent of the jobs in this country,” said Maria Contreras-Sweet, administrator of the Small Business Administration.
For outside observers, the worst crisis to ever befall the small community of Broad Channel might seem like it happened two years ago. But for lifelong residents like Dan Mundy Sr., Hurricane Sandy was just the latest in the many crises the small community in the heart of Jamaica Bay has had to weather throughout its history, including a time when the very existence of the neighborhood was at stake.
And Mundy was there for many of them.