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Op-Ed: Where are we one year later?


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BY STATE SENATOR JOSEPH ADDABBO JR.

On any particular day, whether I’m working, getting a cup of coffee, shopping or having dinner in the district, people detail their experiences involving Superstorm Sandy in many different ways. A year later, many still get tears in their eyes, others remain frustrated about the lack of progress, while some see it as a chance to make improvements and some are optimistic about community improvements. One storm, a year later, still causes many emotions.

While we can’t control the weather, we can take steps to control the level of our preparedness and what direction our government takes in addressing the next storm. We’ve learned a lot from Sandy, and I would urge my constituents to think ahead and make sure they have detailed emergency plans in place: know how to contact one another in case of an emergency; have adequate supplies of canned goods, medicines, batteries, flashlights and water on hand; know what to do to help secure your homes and properties to minimize risks during a storm. Useful hurricane preparedness information may be found at this NYS Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services website: http://www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/event/hurricane-safety.cfm.

I, along with other elected officials, have been advocating for adequate funding and needed legislation to help the district address the many serious human, economic and other consequences resulting from Sandy. As a member of the New York State Senate Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy, I look forward to continuing the effort of our state in responding to Sandy’s devastation and obtaining assistance for those in need.  Currently, our city’s and state’s portion of the federal funding of $61 billion to help Sandy victims is being distributed through NYC Build It Back program, and the state’s utilization of community leaders in its NY Rising Community Reconstruction program aimed at improving our infrastructure.

A range of bills aimed at addressing various aspects of Sandy’s impact were passed by the state legislature and have been recently signed into law by the governor. Some topics include rebates of real property taxes, assisting Breezy Point residents with street frontage issues unique to Breezy Point, exemptions to filing fees related to federal Small Business Administration Disaster Loans, and the implementation of improved tornado warning systems.

This year’s Atlantic Hurricane Season is not yet over. We have learned a lot from Sandy and a year later are still dealing with its aftermath. It’s OK to share our emotions, feelings and sentiments about Sandy, knowing also that by working together we can rebuild and be prepared better than ever.

Senator Joseph Addabbo represents the 15th Senatorial District encompassing the communities – in whole or in part – of Broad Channel, Elmhurst, Forest Hills, Glendale, Hamilton Beach, Howard Beach, Kew Gardens, Kew Gardens Hills, Maspeth, Middle Village, Ozone Park, Rego Park, Richmond Hill, Ridgewood, South Ozone Park, Woodhaven, Woodside and the Rockaways.

 

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SANDY ONE YEAR LATER: Co-ops, condos still waiting for disaster aid


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

A proposed federal law that would bring disaster aid to co-op and condo communities has not come any closer to being passed nearly one year after Sandy.

“It just doesn’t make sense,” said Warren Schreiber, president of the Bay Terrace Community Alliance. “It’s just prolonging the financial hardship on co-ops. Right now, we’re stuck footing the bill for cleanup and repair from the storm, and I don’t think this will be the last storm.”

Schreiber said his northeast Queens co-op expects to shell out up to $60,000 in repairs not covered by insurance.

More than $250,000 in infrastructure damage was sustained nearby in the Glen Oaks Village co-op, according to its president, Bob Friedrich.

The bill exceeds $1 million for some Rockaway co-ops in the most hard-hit areas of Queens.

The Breezy Point Cooperative, which saw about 350 homes in the beach community decimated by fire and flood, has spent $1.5 million out of the co-op’s reserves and contingency funds to get back on its feet, according to Arthur Lighthall, the co-op’s general manager.

“We had to do a good amount of repair and restoration to get things back in order,” including getting the water supply back and fixing sidewalks, Lighthall said. “The bottom line is it’s us, the shareholders, who have to pay for it.”

The pricey repair costs fall on the shoulders of co-op and condo communities due to a glitch in the law keeping them from getting FEMA storm recovery grants, local leaders said.

The Stafford Act, which governs how FEMA responds to major disasters, does not include the word “co-op,” according to Congressmember Steve Israel.

However, there is no statute that bans co-op owners from being eligible for grants, a privilege given to homeowners.

Co-op and condos are also categorized as “business associations,” which makes them eligible for federal loans but not grants. It also means they cannot get funds to fix shared spaces like lobbies and roofs.

Israel introduced legislation this August that would better define co-ops in the Stafford Act, allow co-op and condo owners to apply for FEMA grants, and call for a new cap on FEMA’s Individual and Households Program.

The bipartisan bill has at least 14 cosponsors so far but currently sits in a subcommittee on the House’s Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, according to Israel’s office.

An aide to the congressmember said any movement of the bill was delayed by the partial government shutdown, which lasted 16 days in October.

“It’s been a year since Superstorm Sandy hit, and it’s time for co-op and condo associations to get the help they deserve,” Israel said. “Although I’ll continue to fight my hardest, it’s frustrating that this bill hasn’t been passed so these homeowners can receive the vital assistance they deserve.”

The City Council unanimously passed a resolution, which is only a formal position statement, last month calling for Congress to enact the law.

“It really shouldn’t be that difficult,” Schreiber said. “I just find it so disappointing that we have a Congress that can’t even get together on changing one line of text that will benefit constituents on the East Coast, West Coast and middle of the country.”

 

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Chelsea Clinton to join volunteers in Rockaways for second ‘Day of Action’ for Sandy victims


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

The Clinton Foundation will bring together residents and volunteers for a second “Day of Action” for Sandy victims.

Chelsea Clinton will visit the Rockaways on Saturday, October 26 and along with hundreds of volunteers will work to rebuild houses, clean and update public parks, conduct conservation activities and more.

Clinton will also join the St. Bernard Project and its partners to break ground on the future site of the first “Resilient House” in Far Rockaway, the Designing Recovery competition’s winning design for New York. The house is modeled to be energy efficient, cost effective and able to withstand future disasters.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Wednesday: Clear. High of 73. Winds from the North at 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday night: Overcast in the evening, then partly cloudy. Low of 55. Winds less than 5 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Moving Screening at Laughing Devil Comedy Club

Long Island City’s Laughing Devil Comedy Club invites you to grab a bite, toss back a drink and enjoy the best in classic comedy films on our massive new screen. This Wednesday night’s movie is “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.” Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Anthrax scare at Queens Criminal Court after Tylenol sent as ‘joke’ arrives in powder form

A boneheaded prank by an assistant district attorney against a fellow prosecutor set off an Anthrax panic in Queens Criminal Court Tuesday, law enforcement sources said. Read more: New York Daily News

Judge: Rent Too High candidate goes on NYC ballot

A man who wants to run for mayor as the Rent is Too Damn High Party’s candidate should be on the general election ballot, a judge has decided. Read more: NBC New York

City Council bill would ban employers from Facebook friending job seekers, employees

Some City Council members are trying to make sure that you don’t have to be friends with your boss — at least not on Facebook. Read more:  New York Daily News

Some 4,500 cabbies with more than 6 points on their license still driving due to computer glitch

If you’ve ever wondered if your cab driver should be behind the wheel, the answer might well be no. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Humpback whales ‘hanging out’ near the Rockaways

Humpback whales have been spotted just a few hundred yards from the Queens shoreline. Read more: CBS New York

 Senator Cruz rails through night against Obamacare

Republican Senator Ted Cruz slogged into the second day of his marathon attack on Obamacare from the Senate floor on Wednesday, showing almost no signs of relenting after speaking for nearly 16 hours. Read more: Reuters 

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Partly cloudy. High of 84. Winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph. Friday night: Mostly cloudy in the evening, then overcast. Low of 72. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Jerks: The Show

This late-night comedy showcase at the Laughing Devil Comedy Club in LIC on Friday, August 30 at 10:30 p.m. features NYC’s finest, most eloquent & lovable jerks. Leave your weak friends at home, as this show will appeal to your darker comedy tastes. As a special bonus, House of Jerky will provide free samples to the audience. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Poll: Spitzer and Stringer locked in dead heat in race for comptroller

A new poll shows a dramatic falloff in support for former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer‘s comeback campaign to become New York City comptroller. He’s now tied with Democratic rival Scott Stringer. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Parts of the Rockaways will be open to swimmers for Labor Day weekend

This holiday weekend, parts of the Rockaways will have something for the first time all summer: swimmers. Read more: NY1

New proposal calls for inter-borough train connecting Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn

Transportation advocates hope New York City’s next mayor will take a fresh look at a bold idea — creating an inter-borough train that would link Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. Read more: CBS New York

Mr. Softee takes a hard line on suspected imposter ice cream trucks

Mister Softee is creaming the counterfeiters.The ice cream company is suing four fakers who are pushing ice cream in Queens this summer from vehicles outfitted to look like real Mister Softee trucks complete with blue and white paint jobs, logos and decals. Read more: New York Daily News

NBC poll: Americans skeptical of U.S. intervention in Syria

Fifty percent of Americans say they oppose the United States taking military action against Syrian President Bashar Assad, and nearly eight-in-10 believe President Barack Obama should receive congressional approval before using any force, according to a new NBC News poll. Read more: NBC News 

Op-Ed: Comprehensive initiatives to make New York City’s waterfront stronger


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MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is from Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s weekly radio address

New York City’s waterfront is an incredible resource that contributes to the great quality of life we New Yorkers enjoy. It’s also a backyard for millions of families and our first line of defense against future storms and flooding. We’re hard at work strengthening those defenses – including in the Rockaways and nearby Jamaica Bay, where last week we made major progress on several initiatives that will make the area more resilient than ever, as well as benefit our entire city for decades to come.

The first is our work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete an all-out sand replenishment effort in the Rockaways. It will help fulfill one of the pledges we outlined in “A Stronger, More Resilient New York,” our comprehensive plan to protect our city from the effects of climate change. In the next couple of months, the Army Corps will bring about 3.5 million- cubic-yards of sand to Rockaway Beach, and last week I visited the beach with Parks Commissioner Veronica White to inspect our progress. A first phase of about 600,000-cubic- yards of sand is being pumped now from Beach 89th to Beach 149th Streets.

Replenishing the sand at Rockaway Beach complements our earlier work there, including building a series of protective walls and installing sand-filled “trap bags” that will serve as the core for a new dune. Together, these measures will not only reverse damage to the beach done by Sandy – they will make the beach stronger than it was before the storm, and more protective for nearby communities.

Rebuilding our beaches is vitally important; but in addition to building back stronger, we’re also continuing the coastal protection work that we began before Sandy struck. That includes our effort to both protect one of our great natural treasures – Jamaica Bay – and create a world-class Science and Resiliency Institute there whose focus will be protecting and preserving urban ecosystems from development and from the effects of climate change.

Last summer, the city and the National Park Service signed a historic cooperative agreement for co-managing Jamaica Bay’s 10,000 acres of federal and city-owned parkland. I joined Interior Secretary Sally Jewel to announce the formal establishment of the new Jamaica Bay – Rockaway Parks Conservancy. The organization will help raise funds for the parkland covered by the agreement, collaborate with the community on programming, and help promote the parkland as a destination. We also announced that a consortium led by the City University of New York, in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation, will head the new Science and Resiliency Institute at Jamaica Bay. The Institute will serve as a coordinating body for the fieldwork taking place around the bay, and provide lab space for researchers and students. We expect the Institute’s work will do a lot to help reduce dangers to our city from future storms, and help other cities around the world confront the challenges of climate change as well.

From restoring our coastline to establishing a new ecology research center, we’re helping to prepare our city for all the climate risks we face, both now and in the future.

 

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Fed money to help businesses bounce back after Sandy


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THE COURIER/File photos

Small businesses in the borough will get nearly $200,000 in federal aid to bounce back after Sandy.

The two-year grant will be given to the Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC), representatives from the borough announced late last week.

The package is part of the more than $6 million the Small Business Administration (SBA) gave to the state to support its local business recovery efforts after the superstorm.

“Small businesses are what drive the economy in Queens, New York City and the entire nation,” said Congressmember Grace Meng, who sits on the House’s Small Business Committee. “These critical funds will go a long way towards helping those impacted by Sandy get back on their feet.”

The funds will be used for counseling and training programs for business owners, especially in the Rockaways, who lost customers or who suffered damages to their stores from the storm, said QEDC executive director Seth Bornstein.

The nonprofit also plans to offer disaster relief assistance to “women-owned and disadvantaged small businesses in Queens,” and conduct home improvement contractor training workshops.

“Queens was hit so hard by Sandy, and we lost so many businesses and jobs,” Bornstein said. “We especially look forward to working in the Rockaways, as we see the potential to have a really positive impact there.”

 

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Doctors of the World to open free clinic in the Rockaways


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Photo courtesy of Doctors of the World,

Doctors of the World are coming local – to the Rockaways, intending to boost the area’s health care.

The international network of doctors has 14 locations worldwide which combined work in 79 countries and recently signed a lease to open a free primary health care clinic at 2-30 Beach 102nd Street, making the Rockaways the only U.S. site.

“The Rockaways have a severe shortage of health care services available to them,” said Noah Barth, program coordinator. “[It also has] a long history of being excluded or not given enough attention from city and state resources.”

At the clinic, Doctors of the World will provide free service to the public, including the uninsured, thanks to a reliable donation foundation.

“Health care is a fundamental right,” Barth said. “We see our work as filling a gap.”

St. John’s Episcopal has been the lone hospital left on the peninsula since the closing of Peninsula Hospital in April 2012. The community at large has voiced the need for more health care facilities.

At St. John’s, the emergency room at times has gotten overrun with patients, but “on the whole we have been doing okay,” said hospital officials. Post-Sandy complications and the summer’s heat wave have brought in patients with lung issues, including asthma and COPD.

In the Rockaways, the high concentration of seniors and public housing facilities creates a high need for services that the community is not getting, including storm-related treatment, Barth said.

“There is a chronic shortage of a lot of things,” he said.

Additionally, Doctors of the World has done community outreach to determine just how to cater to their future patients.

“We want to try and really understand from the community level what the situation is, what the needs are and what the community wants, as opposed to telling them what they want,” Barth said.

There is no definitive timetable as to when the clinic will open, but is projected to open within a couple of months.

 

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Stringer wants to create Sandy Audit Bureau if elected comptroller


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THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

Manhattan Borough President and City Comptroller candidate Scott Stringer announced a plan to create a Sandy Audit Bureau within the Comptroller’s office if elected.

The Sandy unit, a team of “professionals and experts,” would track the incoming $15 billion in federal aid and ensure the post-storm recovery money is spent “wisely and efficiently.”
Stringer said when that amount of money comes in, there must be a “laser focus on every single dollar.”

“Nine months after Sandy, the winds have subsided but we still have to confront the challenge of protecting our shoreline communities from the next great storm,” Stringer said. “The Comptroller’s office is uniquely positioned to serve as the city’s watchdog over all Sandy-related funds.”

Furthermore, Stringer plans to provide an online resource, The Sandy Tracker, that will allow residents to follow how the city is spending storm-related dollars. In the event of fraud or abuse, there will be an established 24-hour hotline for taxpayers to report any instances of the sort.

“Since Sandy, the Rockaways has seen an increased flow of resources dedicated to addressing post-storm issues,” said State Senator James Sanders. “Merely having these resources, however, is not enough. There needs to be a system of accountability.”

Sanders, Councilmember Donovan Richards and Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder joined Stringer during his announcement on Tuesday, August 6 and reiterated their endorsements for Stringer’s candidacy.

“Every penny that was raised for Sandy victims and every government dollar that was spent during the relief and recovery effort must be accounted for,” Goldfeder said.
Richards said his constituents simply want “a hand up, not a hand out.”

“This is a common sense bureau,” he said. “During our recovery, accountability and transparency are extremely important.”

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST 

Monday: Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 81. Winds from the NW at 5 to 10 mph. Monday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 72. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Free screening of Despicable Me at Astoria Park

Central Astoria Local Development Coalition Inc. presents movie night on the Astoria Park Great Lawn. The free screening of Despicable Me will start at 8:30 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Pregnant woman killed by falling tree in Kissena Park

A pregnant woman died after she was hit by a falling tree in Kissena Park this evening, cops said. Read more: The Queens Courier

Bayside man arrested after taking his girlfriend hostage

Police arrested a Bayside man early this morning after he took his girlfriend hostage in his home and refused to surrender to cops for hours. Read more: The Queens Courier

Project adds 600,000 cubic yards of sand to help Rockaway Beach

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) announced that $10 million contract provided by the Army Corps of Engineers will restore 600,000 cubic yards of sand along Rockaway Beach. Read more: Fox New York

CBS: No negotiations taking place with Time Warner

CBS says there are currently no negotiations taking place with Time Warner Cable, which stopped carrying the network in New York and other markets on Friday in a spat over fees. Read more: NBC New York

New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott warns that release of 2012 state and math test scores will show sharp declines

City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott warned Sunday that state reading and math test scores to be released this week will drop sharply because of tougher new exams. Read more: New York Daily News

State Dept: Posts in 19 countries to remain closed

Amid online “chatter” about terror threats, U.S. diplomatic posts in 19 cities in the Muslim world will be closed at least through the end of this week, the State Department said. Read more: AP

Renderings leaked of potential Manhattan soccer stadium at Pier 40


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Screenshot via Google maps

Renderings of a possible stadium for the new Major League Soccer (MLS) team, New York City Football Club, made their way onto the Internet yesterday.

The renderings were made in 2012 by the organization, but it is not known who leaked them online.

“This rendering was a conceptual design that Major League Soccer produced when considering Pier 40 as a potential soccer stadium,” said Dan Courtemanche, MLS executive vice president of communications. “On a daily basis New York City FC is working on a long-term stadium solution.”

 

MLS has considered building a 25,000-seat stadium in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, which was supported by a few politicians. However, recently that idea has seen numerous kickbacks.

About two weeks ago Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on his radio show that Yankee Stadium will be the home for the New York City Football Club. This statement was later retracted.

The Flushing Meadows-Corona Park proposal has also drawn opposition from Councilmember Leroy Comrie, chair of the council’s Land Use Committee, and Senator Tony Avella, who suggested the stadium be built in the Rockaways.

“Flushing Meadows-Corona Park is used by residents from all across Queens, and this usage by Major League Soccer would negatively impact park life,” Comrie previously said to The Courier. “While there are many soccer fans here in Queens, there are more appropriate places to build this stadium.”

Avella recently penned a bill aimed at preventing proposals to change parkland use, which would require parkland taken for projects to be replaced with three times the space and within one mile of the project. If passed by the legislature after summer recess, it would lower the chances of getting the stadium in Queens.

The expansion team, which is jointly owned by English club Manchester City F.C. and the New York Yankees, will not begin play until 2015.

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST 

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High of 86. Winds from the NW at 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday night Partly cloudy in the evening, then overcast. Low of 68. Winds from the North at 5 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Shakespeare at  Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

Hip to Hip Theatre Company presents Shakespeare’s The Tempest near Flushing Meadows-Corona Park’s Unisphere at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24. Free. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Hot weather killed 8 people in New York City in July

The New York City medical examiner’s office says eight people have died of heat exposure during July’s punishing heat wave. Read more: AP

Queens woman, 96, waited an hour for ambulance at senior residence after 911 call

The 96-year-old Queens woman who waited more than an hour for an ambulance after falling down Monday is still suffering. Read more: New York Daily News 

Far Rockaway residents blast NYC over constant neighborhood flooding

There was frustration on Tuesday in a Queens neighborhood that’s plagued by flooding. Residents said the city is doing nothing to solve the problem. Read more: CBS New York

State to provide refunds for estate taxes paid by same-sex spouses

The State of New York said Tuesday that it will give same-sex spouses refunds for estate taxes they were forced to pay because federal law didn’t recognize gay marriage. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Queens woman recovers life savings from tossed fridge 

A happy ending for a Queens woman who almost lost her life savings. Read more: NY1

Rockaways native was honored by White House for being a “Champion of Change” in response to Hurricane Sandy

A Rockaways native who launched a website to help her old neighborhood after Hurricane Sandy was honored by the White House Tuesday as a “Champion of Change.” Read more: New York Daily News 

Fight over Detroit bankruptcy begins in federal court

A showdown over the biggest municipal bankruptcy filing in U.S. history begins in a federal court on Wednesday morning as creditors challenge its legality. Read more: Reuters 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST 

Monday: Partly cloudy with thunderstorms and rain showers in the afternoon. High of 95. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Monday night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 79. Winds from the NW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Jamaica Jam Drum Circle

Mike Veny is a drum circle aficionado known for his high-energy grooves and ferocious backbeat. Participants will receive basic instruction before playing in a drum circle. Pre-registration is required; space is limited. Free at the Queens Central Library. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Protesters rally in Times Square for Trayvon MartinThrongs of marchers crowded into Times Square Sunday night following George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, blocking traffic amid calls for federal civil rights charges to be filed in the case. Read more: NBC New York

Councilman: Koch’s name doesn’t belong on Queensboro Bridge

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. will introduce legislation to remove deceased former Mayor Ed Koch’s name from the Queensboro Bridge. Read more: NBC New YorkOpponents furious at plans for gas pipeline under Brooklyn, Rockaways
Opponents protested Sunday against a planned natural gas pipeline that would pass through Brooklyn and the Rockaways. Read more: CBS New York/APGov. Cuomo approves funding for breast cancer mapping

Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation authorizing the funding of breast cancer mapping. Read more: Fox New York

‘Glee’ star Cory Monteith found dead in Vancouver hotel

Cory Monteith, the heartthrob actor who became an overnight star as a high school quarterback-turned-singer in the hit TV series “Glee” but had battled addiction since his teenage years, was found dead of undisclosed causes in a hotel room, Vancouver police said. He was 31. Read more: AP

 

Wounded Warriors Adaptive Water Sports Festival will go on as planned


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The show will go on.

Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder helped acquire the use of a new dock for the Wounded Warriors 10th annual Adaptive Water Sports Festival, so now the event can continue as planned.

Each year the water sports festival by the Wounded Warriors Project, an organization dedicated to empowered injured soldiers, provides the multi-day sports event in Breezy Point to treat veterans. But Sandy destroyed a necessary landing dock, which threatened to cancel parts or all of the festival.

“The neighborhood has been looking forward to this event to provide a much needed sense of normalcy,” said Flip Mullen of Wounded Warriors.

Goldfeder’s office got the ball rolling with the Wounded Warrior Project, Seastreak Ferry and the NYC Economic Development Corporation, to ensure veterans could use the new dock at Beach 108th Street so they can commute to and from the Rockaways.

“It has been eight months since Superstorm Sandy ravaged our community and we could not let the storm prevent us from continuing our traditions of celebrating our Wounded Warriors,” Goldfeder said.  “Our veterans fought to protect our country and we are proud to welcome them back to Rockaway.”

During the water sports festival injured veterans, many who have lost their limbs, will be able to water ski, kayak and learn to scuba dive.

The event will run from July 11 -13. The Wounded Warriors are scheduled to arrive at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 11 at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club.

 

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Rockaway ferry service extended through Labor Day


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Rockaway residents rejoice: ferry service has now been expanded through to Labor Day.

The weekday ferry service between the Rockaways and Lower Manhattan will continue to operate on its current schedule, now all the way through early September.

“Continuing [the ferry’s] operation through Labor Day weekend is critical in addressing transportation needs and an integral piece of the rebuilding and revitalization puzzle,” said State Senator James Sanders. “It’s a valuable tool for getting hard working people to their destination, including their places of employment.”

Ferries will continue to depart from Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive and stop at Pier 11 in downtown Manhattan, with free transfers between Pier 11 and East 34th Street. The service will continue to start in the Rockaways at 5:45 a.m. and depart regularly until 9:20 a.m. Regular service will resume during the evening rush, and one-way fares will remain $2.

Additionally, beginning July 4th, enhanced weekend service will launch between the Rockaways and Pier 11 every Saturday and Sunday through Labor Day. The city has also agreed to assist in subsidizing an additional boat to expand the service. Weekend service may be altered based on ridership demand.

Since the ferry’s opening in November following Sandy, average ridership is roughly 700 passenger trips a day.

“The Rockaways was hit hard by Sandy and it needs all the help it can get to get back on track,” said Councilmember James Vacca, chair of the Council Committee on Transportation. “The continuation and expansion of the ferry service will provide much-needed relief for residents and small business owners who are hard at work in rebuilding a stronger Rockaway.”

Visit newyorkbeachferry.com for a full list of schedules and fares.

 

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