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Tucked away on the west side of the small town of Broad Channel in the middle of Jamiaca Bay is a narrow, dead end, street that goes by the name of West 12th Road. Those of us who live there know that the nice part about living in a small town is that when you are not quite sure what is going on, someone else always does! [Peter J. Mahon West 12th Road, Broad Channel]
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Message from Councilman Eric Ulrich

Wed, 2018-01-17 11:05

Dear Neighbors,
The dust may still be settling from the holiday season, but our office has hit the ground running. I am humbled to have been given the opportunity to serve this community for another four years, and as I begin my final term, I am committed to making this year our most productive yet. There are a number of exciting initiatives in the pipeline for 2018 - and among the first I'd like to share with you is a new, no-cost transportation service for seniors.
I am pleased to announce that, in collaboration with the Queens Delegation, $25,000 has been allocated for Selfhelp Community Services. The funding we have secured for this program provides a dedicated transportation service and a Virtual Senior Center program to seniors - all at no-cost. 
The Selfhelp Community Services program, which began taking calls on January 2, 2018, provides transportation to any senior living in Queens for medical appointments up to two long distance trips, or four local trips per month. Rides are scheduled the day before the appointment, between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. 
To schedule a ride, simply call the Selfhelp Clearview Senior Center at (718) 224-7888.
Please note that seniors eligible for alternative medical transport programs, such as HANC or JSPOA, are encouraged to utilize those programs first, as Selfhelp Community Services was meant to supplement existing services. 
In addition to transportation, Selfhelp Community Services provides access to a Virtual Senior Center (VSC). Eligible participants from around the Borough will be able to join this platform. The VSC engages home-bound seniors into the larger community by using technology to connect them with other participants in a range of activities.  
A cornerstone activity of the program is its interactive, real-time classes where participants can hear, see and talk with each other in an interactive session.  Over 40 classes are typically offered each week, ranging from art history to current events, to museum tours to weight training, and other exercise programming. Classes are offered in English, Mandarin, Korean, and Russian, and a Spanish platform will be offered in the near future. 
To learn more and see if you or someone you know is eligible, call (718) 559-4460.
As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to call my District Office at (718) 738-1083.
Eric UlrichNew York City Council MemberDistrict 32

Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer-Amato - Cross Bay Toll Must Go!

Wed, 2018-01-17 10:26

Assembly Member Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Beach) introduced a bill that would prohibit the imposition and collection of a fare, toll, rental, rate, charge or other fee on the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge. A.8743/S.6909 is sponsored in the Senate by NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo (D-Howard Beach), and co-sponsored by Assembly Member Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven).

Assembly Member Stacey Pheffer Amato introduced a bill that would prohibit the imposition and collection of a fare, toll, or other fee, on the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge. The bill is sponsored in the Senate by NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, and is co-sponsored by Assembly Member Mike Miller.In 1939, the New York City Parkway Authority built the Cross Bay Bridge and Parkway, along with beach improvements in the Rockaways. This was part of a program to develop Jamaica Bay as a residential and recreational area, instead of following a previous city plan to develop the area as a large industrial port. The following year, the New York City Parkway Authority was consolidated with the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority. In 1970, the consolidated TBTA completed the present Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge, a high-level fixed bridge, which permits boats to pass under it without the traffic delays caused by the lifting of a bascule bridge. The toll on the Cross Bay Bridge was implemented only to cover the cost of construction, and started at $0.10 per trip. The toll has since grown exponentially, to $4.25 per trip.This past legislative session Pheffer Amato successfully secured for another year the Rockaway Rebate, which reimburses Rockaway Peninsula and Broad Channel residents for trips across the Cross Bay Bridge to and from mainland Queens. Local residents of Rockaway and Broad Channel are required to pay the toll, several times a day, in order to get to work and back, transport children to and from school and complete other everyday errands. According to Pheffer Amato, the toll has the impact of dividing communities, artificially creating economic barriers, hampering tourism and keeping the area most impacted by Superstorm Sandy from effecting a full and thorough economic recovery.“The Cross Bay Memorial Bridge is the only tolled intra-borough or intra-county bridge in our state,” said Assembly Member Pheffer Amato. “The toll has outlived its original stated purpose of paying for the bridge, (and) has absolutely no stated current purpose besides supplementing the MTA’s budget on the backs of New Yorkers. I’m absolutely certain the cost of ending this onerous toll would be made up several times over (with) the freedom and ease of access it would bring to South Queens and the Rockaway Peninsula.”“Charging residents of Queens to access areas of their own borough is just wrong,” Senator Addabbo said. “The outdated toll on the Cross Bay Memorial Bridge has not only been an unfair burden to the residents of southern Queens, some of whom work or attend school daily on the peninsula, but a significant reason why this isolated area of Queens has not realized its full economic potential, by repelling developers and retail businesses. I stand beside my colleagues to say the time is now to eliminate the toll on the Cross Bay Memorial Bridge.”“The Cross Bay Bridge toll is burdensome and unfair to our community,” said Assembly Member Miller. “It is especially unfair to our veterans and seniors who are on a set income and won’t be able to enjoy what their community has to offer. Some of my constituents may never get to explore the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge or enjoy a day at Rockaway Beach because of this unnecessary toll.”As a final note, Pheffer Amato continued, “The ‘stop the toll issue’ has been around long before me, but the time to end it is now. With the Governor promising to fund MTA, there must be additional funding provided this session for the Cross Bay Bridge because we have suffered for too long, cannot continue to stunt economic growth, and dis-incentivize freedom of motion within a single borough and state.”As of January 3, 2018, A.8743/S.6909 is currently within the Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee.A8743 by Peter J. Mahon on Scribd

NWS - Special Weather Statement (Updated)

Sun, 2018-01-14 06:08

Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service New York NY
338 AM EST Sun Jan 14 2018

New York (Manhattan)-Bronx-Richmond (Staten Island)-
Kings (Brooklyn)-Northern Queens-Southern Queens-
338 AM EST Sun Jan 14 2018

With temperatures below freezing, any standing water will freeze,
forming black ice on untreated surfaces. This will create
slippery conditions.

In addition, wind chill values through early this morning will be
as low as around zero degrees.

Use extra caution when venturing out.

NWS - Special Weather Statement [Updated]

Sat, 2018-01-13 17:32

Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service New York NY
346 PM EST Sat Jan 13 2018

New York (Manhattan)-Bronx-Richmond (Staten Island)-
Kings (Brooklyn)-Northern Queens-Southern Queens-
346 PM EST Sat Jan 13 2018

With temperatures dropping below freezing, any remaining standing
water will freeze, forming black ice on untreated surfaces. This
will create slippery conditions.

In addition, wind chills late tonight into Sunday morning will
drop to 0 to -5 degrees.

Use extra caution when venturing out.

NWS issues Special Weather Statemnt

Sat, 2018-01-13 08:17

Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service New York NY
617 AM EST Sat Jan 13 2018

Much colder air will be moving into the region this morning with
temperatures expected to fall to below freezing mid to late this
morning. Temperatures will then continue to slowly fall through
the remainder of the day, reaching the lower 20s inland and upper
20s across New York City by sunset.

Any standing water will freeze resulting in black ice conditions
on untreated walkways, sidewalks, parking lots and roadways. Use
extra caution when venturing out.

Message from Fern Weinreich, Community Construction Liaison

Fri, 2018-01-12 10:01

Good morning all,

Please be advised that NV5, the design company responsible for this infrastructure project,  will be going out to the homes on West 11th, 12th and 13th Roads to do some quick field checks and take additional measurements and photos periodically over the next several months. 
They will be in the area this Saturday morning, January 13, 2018.
If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to call me.
Have a good weekend,
Fern WeinreichCommunity Construction LiaisonBroad Channel Project   ID: HWQ1182AField Office Number: 646-300-4351Cell Number: 917-854-8341broadchannelccl@gmail.com

NV5 is a provider of engineering and consulting services to public and private sector clients  Their website can be accessed by clicking here.


Wed, 2018-01-10 17:24

January 10th, 2018

As the NYC Ferry system continues to grow in popularity by providing thousands of people in Queens a quick ride into Brooklyn and Manhattan each day, New York State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. is advocating for making the service even better for passengers.As the state legislative session starts, Addabbo wants to begin the comprehensive discussion to have the ferry system provide free transfers for riders that can be used on all MTA buses and trains. Right now, passengers have to pay a $2.75 fare for a one-way ticket on the NYC Ferry, and additional $2.75 for any MTA bus or train they wish to use.By providing a free transfer between the two modes of transportation, Addabbo hopes to streamline the travel process for the thousands of people who use the NYC Ferry.“As the MTA continues to work on the next generation of the MetroCard, I ask that they take into consideration the growing number of people who use the NYC Ferry,” Addabbo said. “With the number of passengers on the NYC Ferry likely to increase in the coming years, it would be a major benefit for the riders if they could continue their route by using a free transfer onto an MTA-operated bus or train. Joining these parts of our city’s public transportation system will help everyone travel faster.”Additionally, Addabbo intends to contact the city Economic Development Corporation (NYC EDC) about possibly expanding its ferry bus service to the residents in Broad Channel and Howard Beach.“Currently, residents of Broad Channel who drive and park their cars before boarding the NYC Ferry in the Rockaways can do it for free, while residents of Howard Beach who wish to do the same are inundated with the toll for crossing the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge,” Addabbo said. “That just adds an additional fare for those people, which isn’t fair. That is why I would like to see the buses that bring people into the Rockaways to get (to) the ferry expanded to Broad Channel and Howard Beach. This would provide these residents with an alternate way of getting to the ferry, and if the MTA transfer plan moves forward it would be a free transfer from that bus onto the ferry.”

NWS - Special Weather Statement

Tue, 2018-01-09 11:57

943 AM EST Tue Jan 9 2018

943 AM EST Tue Jan 9 2018


Temperatures today will warm to around 40, but quickly fall after
sunset to below freezing. Temperatures will fall to below freezing
again starting around 7 PM and drop into the upper 20s by

Standing water from snow melt will freeze and result in icy
conditions on untreated walkways, sidewalks, parking lots and
roadways. Use extra caution if out this evening and clear away
slush and standing water, if possible, this afternoon.

Overnight lows in the mid 20s are forecast by morning.

NYC and FEMA to discuss redrawing flood zones

Tue, 2018-01-09 07:06

January 08, 2018 06:58PM
The remains of burned homes after Sandy in 2012 in the Breezy Point neighborhood of Queens (Credit: Getty Images)
In the next couple of weeks, officials are expected to meet with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help redraw New York City’s flood maps.The change will impact where developers can build and how much homeowners spend on flood insurance. It’s likely going to be a meticulous block-by-block process that won’t be finalized for a few years but will certainly have far-reaching implications, the New York Times reported.“It’s a game of inches,” Elizabeth Malone, program manager of resiliency and insurance at Neighborhood Housing Services Brooklyn, told the Times.The city’s flood maps haven’t been updated since 1983. Though changes have been floated before, city officials have objected. The city argued that FEMA’s 2013 proposal exaggerated the height of flooding expected in a 100-year flood by two feet in some area. The city also maintained that the federal government inflated the flood zone by a third, causing an “affordability challenge.” For example, the proposal would’ve increased the number of buildings in the flood zone from 26 to 5,000 in Canarsie, Brooklyn.Flood maps, of course, are not infallible. Of the 116 properties where owners have filed FEMA claims after suffering flood damage, a quarter are not located in the flood zone. According to the Times, Broad Channel in Queens and Edgewater Park in the Bronx had the most properties with repeat flood damage claims.Homeowners may be stuck in “limbo” for a few years while the new maps are finalized, Daniel Zarrilli, the city’s chief resilience officer and senior director for climate policy and programs, told the newspaper. But, he said, it’s better than the alternative.“We don’t want to jack up insurance rates and cause a foreclosure crisis, and we want a smoother glide path to a better flood insurance program, and more accurate maps,” he said. [NYT] — Kathryn Brenzel