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Just fifteen miles from Manhattan, lies an oasis called Neponsit. A peninsula only 4 blocks wide, Neponsit occupies an area of less than one tenth of a square mile, bordered by Beach 142nd and Beach 149th Streets, Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean


Neponsit Area News

Seventh National DEA Prescription Pill Take- Back Day

On April 26, 2014 the DEA will be holding its Seventh National DEA Prescription Pill Take- Back Day. DEA personnel will be at the 100th precinct from 10am to 2pm and the public is invited to drop-off any unused prescription medication.

P.O. Maurice Moore
100 Precinct
Community Affairs
"Do You Know? The NYPD has a Law Enforcement Explorers program designed to educate young men and women, ages 14-20, about law enforcement.  Visit www.nypdcommunityaffairs.com  for more information."

New York Times - How to Think Like the Dutch in a Post-Sandy World

Boardwalk Rebuild Employment Opportunit​ies Update

Skanska has a storefront office location in Rockaway at 9208 Rockaway Beach Blvd.

Residents are encouraged to stop by to enquire about logistics, employment, or any other construction related inquires that they may have.

The following links provide additional information:






Ulrich Announces 2014 Participatory Budgeting Results

Queens, NY – Councilmember Eric A. Ulrich (R-Queens) today announced the results of the latest round of participatory budgeting in Council District 32.

This year, over $2 million dollars in capital projects will be funded by Councilmember Ulrich based on the results of the public voting in Community Board 9 and 14. This year was the first year that Community Board 9 participated in the project. Differing from other council districts, the Community Board 14 and 9 portions of Councilman Ulrich’s district ran independent projects to decide how to spend $1 million each. Nearly a thousand residents voted this year.

Councilmember Ulrich said “I am deeply grateful to everyone that contributed to the participatory budget process this year. My constituents have proven that they want a say in how their tax dollars are spent. I look forward to bringing the process back next year and working with my constituent’s to expand their voice in the budget process.”

Community Board 14 Results

1. School Upgrades $320,000 (475 votes)

SAT Prep area with computers at Beach Channel High School; Protective padding and scoreboard for gym and technology upgrades at PS317/MS318; Lighting equipment and control board for auditorium in Scholars Academy ; tech upgrades at PS47; Landscaping at PS114

2. ADA compatible swing sets $150,000 (340 votes)

Installation of swing sets for children with special needs at various playgrounds in Broad Channel & Rockaway

3. Improvements to Broad Channel Park $100,000 (341 votes)

Resurfacing of basketball courts and reconfigure to courts to be used for roller hockey play area.

4. Median resurfacing and beautification $100,000 (325 votes)

Landscaping and decorative planting on medians coming in Rockaway from Marine Pkwy Bridge

5. Additional Funding for Performance Space $200,000 (309 votes)

Money to add audio equipment and electrical system at performance space gazebo that was funded in 1st year of PB and will be installed with new boardwalk.

6. Sea themed statue $150,000 (298 votes)

Design and construction of a sea-themed statue to be designed with community input.

7. Adult Exercise Equipment $100,000 (274 votes)

Installation of adult exercise equipment in parks along Shore Front Parkway.

8. Community Information Boards $35,000 (198 votes)

Installation of community information boards at various locations. Boards will allow for maps, and space for community meeting notices.

Winning Projects: 1-6

Rockaway Beach Branch Line

TimesLedge​r: Keep Rockaway Beach branch closed    Her comment regarding the RBL being parkland and owned by NYC Parks Dept. may not be correct.


Rockaway beach line debate on Channel 13

Rail or Trail (or both) for the disused LIRR Rockaway Beach Line in Central Queens”, a lively TV debate moderated by Brian Lehrer which was shown on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 on his TV show.

Featuring Travis Terry, of the Friends of QueensWay and George Haikalis, President of the Institute for Rational Urban Mobility, Inc.

See it online:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVU-E5sY8II

Note - the debate portion beginning at "40 minutes" after the program begins and continues to the end, 15 minutes later. Skip to this location in the video to see the debate.

The Queens Public Transit Committee strongly supports having station agents inside token booths at every subway station!
Please read the article and sign the petition to thwart the MTA's plan to remove all station agents.
Please support this effort and spread this petition on social media. Asap.

Assemblyman Goldfeder and Community Leaders Meet with AT&T to Discuss Disaster Preparedness

Rockaway, Queens—One of the nation’s leading wireless carriers, AT&T, recently met with Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and community leaders representing Southern Queens and the Rockaways to discuss the carrier’s approach to disaster relief and recovery efforts post Superstorm Sandy. The Assemblyman was joined by Hank Iori, president of the Belle Harbor Homeowners Association and Danny Ruscillo, president of the 100th Precinct Community Council.

“Following Superstorm Sandy, in addition to the physical destruction, thousands across Southern Queens and Rockaway were left without cellular service or means of communication,” said Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder. “I applaud AT&T for being the first carrier to respond to our concerns and taking steps to ensure our families are able to communicate in the wake of disaster.”

Earlier this year, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder sent a letter to the biggest cell phone providers throughout New York City, including, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint asking for updates on their upgrades, resiliency measures and future storm contingency plans. In his letter, Goldfeder invited companies to meet to discuss their upgrades and requested each company discuss the changes they have made, post-Sandy, to prepare for future emergencies and how they intend to help customers in the wake of another disaster.

“During any major storm event, it is essential that cellular towers stay equipped to provide communications to those impacted,” said Hank Iori, president of the Belle Harbor Homeowners Association. “After Hurricane Sandy, all communications were down in Rockaway. All essential communications stopped. We appreciate AT&T’s effort to begin the conversation with us and we look forward to following their progress on this matter to keep our communities safe.”

“After meeting with AT&T, it is my hope that their company now understands the needs of our community and responds quicker when it comes to any emergency like Superstorm Sandy,” said Danny Ruscillo, president 100th Precinct Community Council. “As we all know, communication during the storm was a dangerous problem. I want to thank Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder for arranging this very important meeting.”

“We have been through enough after Superstorm Sandy and cannot wait for another disaster to take action,” concluded Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder. “I look forward to working with AT&T and urge all other cell phone providers to follow in their footsteps and meet with our community to hear our concerns.”

Queens B.P. Melinda Katz Video " Save The Rockaway Ferry Press Conference​"

Rockaway Artist Alliance Show - April 12th - June 1st

Extend the Rockaway Ferry Service to Include Weekends this summer

MilliontreesNYC and NYC Parks are hostiPetition

ng a large scare Tree Stewardship effort around the city on April 26th.  One of the sites is in Marine Park Brooklyn, which if people have cars coming from Rockaway shouldn’t be too far.  


Also here is a link to the NAV Registration page for Natural Areas Volunteers events in May: http://www.nycgovparks.org/registration/nav


Applications are now being accepted through mid-May for numerous seasonal employment opportunities with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).  The hiring for most of DEC's seasonal jobs is handled directly by the regional office which encompasses the geographic area where the position exists. In some situations the applications and filling of seasonal positions are handled by a program coordinator.

The majority of openings during the summer months are at DEC campgrounds in the Adirondack Mountains and Catskill Forest Preserve. As diverse as the locations are, so are the positions and skills that are sought - a list of seasonal job titles available are listed below:  

 Campground Seasonal Employment

DEC Summer Recreation operates 52 public campgrounds and six Day-Use Areas throughout the Adirondack and Catskill Parks.  More than 600 seasonal employees are employed to provide varied services throughout the summer season. Most hiring is done through the regional offices.  

Titles used at some (or most) of DEC's campgrounds with minimum qualifications are:  

 Assistant Chief Lifeguard: Must meet all the qualification for lifeguards and have been a lifeguard for at least two years prior to appointment or have equivalent non-DEC practical experience.  It is recommended that candidates have instructor ratings in First Aid, CPR, and Water Safety and/or Lifeguarding.

 Conservation Security Worker: Must possess a motor vehicle operator's license and have completed either:

·         A one-year course at a Ranger School, or similar learning institution, in park or natural resource management, law enforcement or a similar curriculum (this is an educational minimum qualification for college course work such as the Ranger School at Wanakena; http://www.esf.edu/rangerschool/

; OR

·         have one season (6 months minimum) of recreation facility experience involving contact with the public or in the enforcement of laws, rules and regulations; OR

·         one year of working or interacting with the public in a recreational facility; OR

·         one year of environmental experience in a remote wilderness setting; OR

·         have six months work experience in law enforcement, security services employment, military service or similar experience actively involved with public contact or in the enforcement of laws, policies, and rules and regulations; OR

·         at least 15 college credit hours in criminal justice or similar course work.

  Conservation Recreation Facilities Supervisor (1, 2 or 3 level):  Candidates must have two years experience in maintenance, construction or landscape work, preferably in public recreational facilities.

 Lifeguard: All lifeguards must:

·         be at least 16 years of age;

·         possess current certification in American Red Cross Lifeguard Training or equivalent;

·         possess current certification in the American Red Cross Waterfront Module or equivalent;

·         possess a certificate in American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer or equivalent.  A copy of all certificates must be on file with DEC's Regional Operations Supervisor prior to the first day of employment.  All required certifications must be kept current for the duration of employment.  Copies should be available upon request of the Chief Lifeguard for beach inspections and kept at the facility. 

·         successfully complete a practical examination administered by DEC or OPRHP in  Lifesaving and CPR skills;

·         successfully complete a personal interview with DEC staff;

·         have a minimum of 20/40 uncorrected vision in each eye (it is recommended that vision of 20/40 be corrected to 20/20);

·         attend a lifeguard orientation prior to each year of employment.

After receiving an offer of employment, new lifeguards must submit a DEC Medical Standards and Examination Findings for Lifeguard form filled out by a qualified physician; returning lifeguards shall submit a Medical Standards for Returning Lifeguards form.  All medical forms are kept confidential and must be submitted before the first day of a lifeguard's employment.

 Lifeguard 2: After two years of continuous seasonal service in the Lifeguard title, the Lifeguard2 title/wage is given to the employee.

 Maintenance Assistant: Two years of experience in maintenance or mechanical work under the supervision of a skilled trades-worker or completion of an appropriate two-year technical school course.

Maintenance Assistant Parks:  Candidates must have two years of experience in maintenance or mechanical work under the supervision of a skilled tradesperson or completion of an appropriate two-year technical school course.

Maintenance Helper: There are no education or experience requirements for this position. Applicants must be physically able to perform moderate to heavy physical labor. When required to operate motor vehicles, candidates must possess a valid New York State Driver's License appropriate for the type of vehicle operated.

Park Attendant: There are no minimum education or experience requirements; however, the employee must be able to perform the essential functions of the position.

Park and Recreation Aide Series (Level 1-7): Minimum qualifications vary according to the specific duties and responsibilities associated with a particular seasonal assignment and the level of the position.  Possession of a valid New York State driver's license may be required.

To apply for seasonal employment, an application and resume should be submitted to the DEC Regional Office that covers the geographic area of interest.  A list of regional offices can be found on DEC's website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/about/50230.html

.   Employment Application Forms are available in PDF format on DEC's website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/administration_pdf/hr1.pdf

New York State is an equal opportunity employer.  It is the policy of the State of New York to provide for and promote equal opportunity in employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, or arrest and /or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or exception.

 For more information and to search for open job vacancies visit DEC's website at www.dec.ny.gov/about/726.html 

or https://statejobsny.com/public/index.cfm

Please comment on reusing the Queens Rockaway Beach Line. 

Dear Friends, 

We would greatly appreciate it if you and your friends tell everyone to comment on reusing the Queens Rockaway Beach Line. 

This is a simple and easy way to show everyone we support the reusing of a major train corridor for transportation not a park that will separate Queens. 


Lets knock out the QueensWay gang with our coordinated efforts to promote faster transportation for the Queens RBL. 

We support faster transportation including the Queens Rockaway Beach Line, our roadways, buses, trains and ferries. 

Philip McManus 
Queens Public Transit Committee 


NY Daily News - Homeowners hit by Superstorm Sandy to receive $100 million in repair funds announces Mayor de Blasio

NYC.gov - Mayor de Blasio, Standing with Sen. Schumer, Appoints Sandy Recovery and Rebuilding Leadership Team, Announces Major Changes to Rebuilding Process to Speed Funds to Homeowners and Cut Red Tape

Queens Community Board 14 - Rockaway Renourishm​ent

We expect the first really visible construction activities for the Rockaway
renourishment contract to begin this weekend, including subsequent beach
closures for a safety perimeter. We expect this first area, temporarily
closed to the public, will be from Beach 117th to Beach 113th.

The first step will be landing the submerged offshore pipeline from the
borrow area in the vicinity of Beach 116th.  Also, the beach berm in the
area of Beach 116th to Beach 109th will be moved back toward the boardwalk
line to facilitate new sand placement, so if asked about earthmovers moving
sand on the beach in that area, that is what is happening.

We expect the dredge to arrive shortly after the submerged pipeline is
established. The dredge's arrival is still contingent upon ongoing work
elsewhere and ultimately weather conditions. It is expected to arrive not
this coming week, but it should hopefully be arriving the following week
(during the week of April 6).

The sand pumping schedule has been altered to respect required environmental
windows closing off areas from construction activities due to endangered
species and will first focus on the western portion of the project area.

Work will first begin from Beach 116th and move east to Beach 81st, meaning
placement activities in these areas of the beach should be completed in
advance of the beach season. Work will then switch directions from the joint
where the pipeline is landed at Beach 116th and sand placement activities
will progress west to Beach 149th. Areas east of 81st will be completed once
any endangered species have left the area.

As was the case last year, we will coordinate with our partners at NYC Parks
regarding necessary rolling beach closures in areas where sand placement is
active. As we complete areas, we will work to reopen the beaches as soon as
feasible so that beachgoers can utilize the newly enlarged beach adjacent to
the closures.

Queens Ledger - QueensWay workshop brings park space one step closer
petition to allow residents to give input on the future of the former Neponsit Nursing Home site

Amrican Littoral Society - Field Trips & Events - many in the Rockaway area

Brownstoner Queens - Queenswalk: Fort Tilden, Guarding New York City, Part Two

Brownstoner Queens - Queenswalk: Fort Tilden, Guarding New York City

Tuesday Art Classes

RAA rockaway artists alliance

Tuesdays through April 8 10:00 am - 11:30 am
sTudio 7 Gallery, Fort Tilden
instructor: Robert Sarnoff

RAA Members: $15 per session   Non-members: $20 per session

  Coastal, Seascape, Landscape Painting Oils &Acrylics
Tuesdays through April 1 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
sTudio 7 Gallery, Fort Tilden
instructor: Joseph Perez

RAA Members: $20 per session   Non-members: $30 per session

Gazette - Rally For Reactivation Of Rockaway Beach Line

If anyone wishes to join the Queens Public Transit Committee, the email is info@queenspublictransit.com.

Assemblyman Goldfeder Urges DOT and DDC to Expedite Sandy-Damaged Beach Blocks

17 Months after Sandy, beach blocks still an eyesore and safety hazard for residents and beachgoers

Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder (D-Rockaway) has urged the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Department of Design and Construction (DDC) to take immediate action and expedite all repairs to the severely Sandy-damaged streets and sidewalks along the beach blocks on the west end of the Rockaway peninsula.

“I commend the city for the immediate construction of new baffle walls along the beach, however it is unacceptable that our hardworking families are still waiting for DOT and DDC to fix the streets and sidewalks on the beach blocks damaged during Sandy,” said Assemblyman Goldfeder. “I strongly urge the appropriate agencies to work together and take the necessary corrective actions to rebuild our community and make our streets safe again.”

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder sent a letter to Queens Borough Commissioner of Transportation, Dalila Hall and Department of Design and Construction Acting Commissioner, David Resnick urging them to repair the sidewalk and streets along beach blocks from Beach 1108th Street to Beach 144th Street in Rockaway.

DOT has submitted plans to the city Office of Management and Budget for coordination with DDC as a full capital project, but currently no timeframe has been provided when the street and sidewalks will be repaired, noted Goldfeder.

“Street and sidewalk safety should be the Department of Transportation’s top priority to keep our families in Rockaway safe,” said Assemblyman Goldfeder. “Homeowners are expected to make sidewalk repairs immediately when there is a safety hazard and city agencies should be held to the same standard. We all must do everything we can to ensure our neighborhood recovers and remains safe

Gov Cuomo's Press Release on PANYNJ
Flight tracks with decibel levels on monitors as aircraft fly over
(numbers w/o aircraft is local ambient noise - cars, trucks, etc)
"Portable"  Arverne and Rosedale monitors not on line yet.
(can click on aircraft to get altitude)
PANYNJ's Aircraft Noise Complaint System
(need the specific time of an aircraft or can provide a consecutive series of times)
Can also get to sites at PANYNJ's contact page:
PASSUR (not PANYNJ's) Flight tracking system
(can click on aircraft to get altitude)

The Graybeard All-Stars
Harlem MagicMasters
Basketball Team

Date:  Friday, March 28th 2014
Where: St. Francis de Sales Gym
Time: Sharpshooter Contest ~ Finals: 6:30
* Showtime:  7 p.m.
Admission: $10 per person – general admission
Refreshments/Pizza/Snacks will be sold in the Small Hall.


Subject: Jamaica Bay Greenway Implementation Plan: Planning a pedestrian and bicycle path along Jamaica Bay and the Rockaway waterfront

Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Location: Scholars’ Academy (320 Beach 104th St., Rockaway Park) Contact: Alice Friedman at NYC DOT, 212-839-7242 or JamaicaBayGreenway@dot.nyc.gov

Project involves:
Improved Safety for All Road Users
Enhanced Active Recreation and Transportation Options
New Pedestrian and Bicycle Connections
Improved Access to the Waterfront

Dan Brown
Community Board Liaison
Veteran Affairs Liaison
Hurricane Relief Liaison
Office Of The President
The Borough Of Queens

**Press Conference**
Rockaway Committee To Save The Ferry

will host a “Thank You” Press Conference for Mayor de Blasio’s extension of the Rockaway Ferry. Press Conference was delayed due to severe Winter weather.

Many elected officials will be joining us.

 Come join us showing your continued support for our Rockaway Ferry.

 Thursday April 3rd 2014 – 6 P.M.
Beach 108th St. & Rockaway Beach Blvd.

Ferry Dock


36th Annual Rockaway Rotary Ocean Run in honor of Barbara Eisenstadt
on Sunday May 4, 2014

T-shirts will be given to registered participants and dozens of trophies and prizes will be awarded. Please support this great cause and sign up online today at www.rockawayrotary.com

You are invited to participate an upcoming workshop to plan the
Jamaica Bay pedestrian and bicycle path

 Howard Beach/Ozone Park Community Workshop
Thursday March 20th
Knights of Columbus Hall (135-45 Lefferts Blvd., South Ozone Park)
**Please note revised location

 Rockaways/Broad Channel Community Workshop
Thursday March 25th
Scholars’ Academy (320 Beach 104th St., Rockaway Park)

PLEASE RSVP TO: Alice Friedman, Jamaica Bay Greenway Project Manager at jamaicabaygreenway@dot.nyc.gov  

WORKSHOP DETAILS: Following a brief presentation from the NYC DOT, participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback on existing conditions along the Jamaica Bay Greenway through interactive, small group activities.

Light refreshments will be served.

More information about the Jamaica Bay Greenway Implementation Plan can be found on the DOT website, here



Please tell everyone to attend and promote reusing the Queens Rockaway Beach Line for transportation at the QueensWay Park meetings.   Lets fill the room with supporters of the Queens RBL.   See below meeting locations. 


Join us in our struggle for a better quality of life for you and your children. 


We need to meet peacefully with the QueensWay group and let them see us and hear us.  Please bring posters and your enthusiasm.  It's also a photo and recruitment opportunity.  The press will be in attendance. 

Please contact us at 718-474-0315 or Rowing612@aol.com to confirm your attendance with Queens Public Transit Committee and If possible, please RSVP QueensWay:

Shelma Jun 
QueensWay Plan Engagement Manager
212.431.6780 x110

Mon. March 24th, 7 – 9pm
Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School
91-30 Metropolitan Ave. Forest Hills, NY 
(two blocks east of Woodhaven Blvd., yellow entrance)

Weds.  March 26th  7-9PM
High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture
94-06 104th Street, Richmond Hill, NY
(one block south of Atlantic Ave. at 94th Ave.)

Each workshop will include:
• Presentation of key issues from community outreach and ideas in progress
• Group activity: review of options going forward

Please ask your family and friends and commuters to sign our petitions to support the Reactivation of the Queens Rockaway Beach Line, the New Queens Crosstown, eliminate the toll on the Queens Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge for everyone and expand the Queens Rockaway Ferry:
Philip McManus
Queens Public Transit Committee

The Beach 116th Street Partnership will be hosting a Free Tree Giveaway on
March 30th
. Take home a FREE tree to plant in your yard this spring.  
Residents can reserve a tree at: http://treegiveaways.com/b116sp

Special Community Meeting on "The Future of St. John's  Episcopal Hospital" (Rockaway's Only Hospital)

Date:  Thursday March 13, 2014
   6:00PM  - 8:00 PM           
   St. Mary’s School (Now Peninsula Preparatory Academy)

611 Beach 19th Street (Parking from Beach 20th)
Far Rockaway, NY 11691

Rockaway Theater Co - How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Thru March 30th

Goldfeder Petition - Restore the Rockaway Beach Rail Line

Rockaway Branch Line - The Queens Public Transit Committee for the Reactivation of Rockaway Beach Line (RBL) Mission Statement

Times Ledger - Mayor should consider Rockaway line reactivation

This year's Rockaway Rotary Ocean Run will be held on Shore Front Parkway.  The run is right next to the beach and the Ocean.  Many trophies are given for both male and females in different age groups as well as for parks, fire, police, sanitation and physically challenged.

Please see the attached flyer and share it on Facebook and with any other lists you might have of possible participants.

Sign up on line at www.rockawayrotary.com
.  T shirts and lunch are included for all runners.

Knowing Hands-Only CPR can save a life, and is easier than you might think. If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend. http://nyp.org/cpr/

Many residents who are waiting for their homes to be rebuilt and repaired in the wake of the hurricane have found themselves on the brink of foreclosure due to the financial strain that has come with the storm’s devastation.

Below is a list of services that are meant to assist homeowners facing foreclosure. I hope this information can perhaps offer some relief to our residents who continue to struggle with these issues.

 Foreclosure Prevention Service Providers covering Queens

Center for New York Center Neighborhoods (Manages 27 network partners that work on Sandy-related foreclosure issues)

·         Lucy Raimes, Director of Network Programs


(646) 786-0888

New York Legal Assistance Group

·         Ann Dibble, Director, Storm Response Unit


Office : 212-584-3365

Margert Community Corporation

·         Stephanie Lawes, Housing Director



Queens Legal Services

·         Jennifer Ching, Project Director


(347) 592-2200

Neighborhood Housing Services of Jamaica

·         Patricia Kerr, Program Director


(718) 517-6647

Legal Services NYC

·         Citywide Sandy Recovery Hotline: (347) 592-2411


DNAinfoNY - Fort Tilden Beach Set to Reopen This Summer After Sandy Debris Cleanup

dnainfo - Cost of Controversial Beach Shacks Increases by $8.5M

New York Times -

You Do Have a Say

Please attend and get involved in our community outreach to protect us from severe flooding. 
We need you to help us decide what's best for Rockaway. 

What would you do with 21 million dollars to protect us from flooding? Click for Flyer
Please tell everybody to visit us.  February 28-March 2 at Rockaway Beach Surf Club

Please sign this online petition to push the National Parks Service to fix the West Pond at the Wildlife center . This freshwater pond was created by Robert Moses and has been cited as the single most important reason that this area has been noted as the most important migratory flyover on the north east coast. The Pond was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy and the southern berm was breached which allowed sea water to rush in. The National Parks service has funding dedicated to this project as part of the Sandy relief bill but has not moved to fix it yet and the concern is that they will not use the funds in time , mandated by the end of this year, and a opportunity to restore this critical natural resource will be lost.
The link to the petition is here and only takes a minute to complete

The YMCA is currently recruiting participants for a new workforce development training program directed at young adults pursuing their Associates Degree or a Credential (i.e. CDA) in Early Childhood Education for a new cohort in April, 2014.

The YMCA’s Early Childhood Education LEAP (Learn as You Earn) Training Program in Jamaica, Queens is focusing on preparing young adults for careers in Early Childhood Education as teachers, teaching assistants, and aides.  The primary goal is to effectively prepare those interested in Early Childhood and education careers to be employable once they graduate. A secondary goal of the program is to help improve graduation/completion rates at community colleges by making higher education relevant and responsive to labor market and employer needs.

The Y’s three-month training program will enable program participants (trainees) to gain the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to become a successful educator in Early Childhood or any youth work field.  This will be accomplished through a seamless training program that includes classroom teaching and workshops where trainees complete formal learning, and a paid internship where they not only gain applicable experience in their field of study, but where they continue to learn, build skills, and develop professionally.  Program participants will also receive certifications needed in the field and will complete SCR background screening required to work in the majority of early learning centers and schools.

The Y has been a leading Early Childhood Education provider in the community for decades.  We are expert in helping babies become inquisitive toddlers, inquisitive toddlers become confident preschoolers, confident preschoolers become strong kids, and strong kids become conscientious teens – all through a wide variety of citywide programs grounded in our core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.  Programs include infant care and nursery school programs and Universal Pre-Kindergarten programs for four-year-olds.  All programs are either certified by the National Association for the Education of Young Children or in the process of becoming certified. The Y employs approximately 900 people to operate our early childhood and camp programs, and approximately 450 people to operate our afterschool programs.  The Y has rigorous systems in place to train and evaluate the performance of all these employees and we have used those same high standards to develop this program.

Nathalia Theogene, MSW | Y Roads Center Training and Partnership Coordinator

YMCA of Greater New York

161-04 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, NY 11432


www.ymcanyc.org | http://facebook.com/yroads

 Dan Brown
Community Board Liaison
Veteran Affairs Liaison
Office Of The President
The Borough Of Queens



The City of New York has completed a proposed amendment to its plan for the $3.22 billion in Federal disaster aid to help with recovery from the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. The proposed Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Action Plan Amendment 5 (Amendment 5) was published on Friday, December 27, 2013. The comment period on the proposed Amendment 5 is open.
The City of New York received two allocations of CDBG-DR last year: $1.773 billion in March and $1.447 billion in November, for a total of $3.22 billion. Amendment 5 includes the following updates:
                         Proposed revisions and updates to recovery activities covered under the initial $1.773 billion allocation
                         Assigns the second allocation of $1.447 billion to various recovery activities
                         Reflects revisions to the Citizen Participation Plan
                         Updates need assessment in all areas
The Public Hearings regarding the proposed Amendment 5 identified in the December 27, 2013 Notice are now scheduled for the dates and locations of the public hearings listed below. Hearings are subject to change. Please call 311 or check nyc.gov for the most updated information.
February 25, 2014 at 7PM
Knights of Columbus
333 Beach 90th Street, Queens
February 27, 2014 at 7PM
New Dorp High School
465 New Dorp Lane, Staten Island
The comment period on the proposed Amendment 5 extends until Sunday, March 2, 2014, at 11:59 PM (EST). Comments must be received no later than this time. The proposed Amendment 5 and commenting forms are available onhttp://www.nyc.gov/cdbg. Individuals will be able to read the amendment and comment in English, Spanish, Russian and Chinese (simplified). The online materials will also be accessible for the visually impaired. Paper copies of the Action Plan Amendment 5, including large print format (18pt font), are available at NYC Office of Management and Budget, 255 Greenwich Street, 8th Floor Reception Area, New York, NY 10007 in both English and the languages listed above.
Written comments may be directed to Calvin Johnson, Assistant Director, CDBG-DR, NYC Office of Management and Budget, 255 Greenwich Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10007. Comments may be provided by telephone by dialing 311 or (212) NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) from outside New York City. For more information on how people with disabilities can access and comment on the Action Plan Amendment, dial 311 or, using a TTY or Text Telephone, (212) 504-4115.
 Dan Brown
Community Board Liaison
Veteran Affairs Liaison
Office Of The President
The Borough Of Queens

Health Survey of the Rockaway Peninsula

Led by Doctors of the World and Columbia SIPA

On Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9, Doctors of the World (MdM) and a team of graduate students from Columbia University will be conducting a peninsula-wide household survey on the Rockaway Peninsula. The survey will provide the greater community with data regarding the health status and access to care of residents on the Rockaway Peninsula post- Hurricane Sandy for the purpose of informing healthcare interventions and advocacy efforts.  Results will be shared publicly.
It is very important that this survey be a locally driven process and we are actively seeking local volunteers to assist with the survey.  If you and/or people you know are available one or both days please contact rockawaysclinic@doctorsoftheworld.org

Tentative Schedule for Each Day

8:30 to 9:00 AM Volunteers arrive and sign in

9:00 to 10:00 AM Orientation / Training

10:00 to 10:30 AM Collect materials

10:30 to 12:30 PM Canvassing

12:30 to 1:30 PM Lunch

1:30 to 3:30 PM Canvassing

3:30 to 4:00 PM Debriefing

Volunteer Responsibilities

Teams of two will work for four hours each day to complete approximately three surveys per hour at predetermined addresses across the peninsula. Volunteers will be responsible for their transportation to and from the meeting point in the Rockaways (Arverne Pilgrim Church at 74-16 Beach Channel Drive), and for bringing water and a bag lunch. MdM staff and the SIPA team will be present at all times for operational support. Spanish speakers and Rockaways residents especially needed.

Gothamist - Photos: Exploring Fort Tilden's Decaying Beauty

DNAInfo - No Single-Family Homes Fixed With Build It Back Funds Since Sandy

NY Daily News - City is slacking on Hurricane Sandy aid for homeowners: report

Build It Back - News Letter

Little League

The last in-person registration session for the 2014 Rockaway Little League season is Saturday the 22nd for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Clubhouse in Ft. Tilden.  Online registration ends February 28.  www.rockawaylittleleagueny.com

NYTrue - Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Parade Preview

Health Survey of the Rockaway Peninsula

Led by Doctors of the World and Columbia SIPA

On Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9, Doctors of the World (MdM) and a team of graduate students from Columbia University will be conducting a peninsula-wide household survey on the Rockaway Peninsula. The survey will provide the greater community with data regarding the health status and access to care of residents on the Rockaway Peninsula post- Hurricane Sandy for the purpose of informing health care interventions and advocacy efforts.
Local volunteers are needed for this effort.  If you are available 9AM - 4PM   either or both days and able to assist, please email rockawaysclinic@

To Our Friends & Neighbors in the Rockaway Community:

Have you claimed losses caused by

Super-Storm Sandy on your Income Taxes?

If you have NOT, based on your losses,

you may be Entitled to a Refund!

Please join us on:

Monday, February 24, 2014 @ 7:30 pm

At: Belle Harbor Yacht Club

Beach Channel Drive between B. 126th & B. 127th Streets

Speakers from the IRS, and NYS Dept. of Taxation & Finance will conduct an informational seminar on:

Basic Topics / Casualty Losses

· Determining personal property losses;

· Losses for business taxpayers:

· Reconstructing records: How to establish value when your

receipts have been lost

· Filing Amended and Corrected Income Tax Returns

· Time frames for claiming losses: Deadlines!


Questions will be taken following the presentation.

Forms will be available to help you resolve, amend, and/or recoup some of your Sandy losses.

This is a community event open to all Rockaway Residents.

Sponsored by:


Website: RockawayRepublicanClub.org

e-mail: rockrepubs@reagan.com

City's response to the storm Information

All winter weather information and information about the City's response to the storm can be found by visiting the City's severe weather website, www.nyc.gov/severeweather

Queens bus riders could soon have an easier commute thanks to MTA Bus Time.  

 Queens commuters will soon be able to track when the next bus will arrive.

MTA Bus Time , which allows riders to follow real-time location of buses through any web-enabled smartphone or computer via GPS, should be coming to the borough within weeks, according to the agency.

“We have completed borough-wide installations in Queens and Brooklyn and are currently fine-tuning software. We are on schedule to go on line in the next several weeks,” MTA spokesperson Kevin Ortiz said.

MTA Bus Time users can also text an intersection or street address to 511123 to receive a message listing local bus routes or find out information by using a smartphone with a QR-code reader. The QR-code is printed on the Guide-A-Ride schedules posted at bus stops.

The technology started serving all of Staten Island’s bus routes in January 2012. It was later expanded to include all Bronx and Manhattan routes as well as Brooklyn’s B63 and B61 lines.

The MTA said in October 2013 that it would be expanding Bus Time to Queens and remaining routes within the next six months.

Assemblymember Phil Goldfeder has been pushing for the MTA to implement the technology throughout Queens and to set a start date for its launch.

He sent a letter to MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast last week asking him to immediately expand its use in the entire borough.

“Waiting for a bus in Queens should not be a guessing game,” Goldfeder said.

Goldfeder stressed the importance of Bus Time in Queens, saying it would improve local bus service and help ease congestion on roadways.

“[Bus Time] is the perfect solution to make public transportation more accessible and efficient to keep traffic moving,” Goldfeder said.

“I’m excited to see a successful program come to Queens residents,” he added

Roxanne Solarsh
Director, the Queens Tourism Center at the "Redbird"

Goldfeder Announces Residency Rebate on Cross Bay Bridge Will Continue for Broad Channel and Rockaway Families

Goldfeder introduces legislation to eliminate toll for every resident in Queens

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway) announced that for the third consecutive year, Rockaway and Broad Channel residents will be reimbursed for their travels over the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge in Rockaway, Queens. After push from Goldfeder, Governor Cuomo has once again included the residency rebate program in his executive budget.

 “Following my successful election in 2011, I made the elimination of the toll on the Cross Bay Bridge a priority and immediately delivered for the residents of Broad Channel and Rockaway by bringing back the residency rebate program,” said Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder. “The extension of the program will continue to put money back in our pockets instead of throwing it away on an unfair toll. The Cross Bay Bridge is the only intra-borough bridge toll and I will continue to work with Governor Cuomo, my colleagues and our community until all residents from across the city can travel on the bridge free of charge.”   

Prior to Assemblyman Goldfeder’s efforts to eliminate the toll, residents of Broad Channel and the Rockaways had to pay each time they crossed the bridge, whether traveling to and from work, school or taking care of daily errands. This rebate boosts economic activity and assists our communities in Rockaway and Broad Channel recover from the devastating effects of Superstorm Sandy, by saving residents between $800 and $1,500 a year, Goldfeder noted.

“The Broad Channel Community commends Assemblyman Goldfeder for once again fighting for our residents and succeeding in eliminating this unfair toll for another year,” said Dan Mundy Jr., president of the Broad Channel Civic. “This toll in the past has had a huge economic impact on our families who make multiple daily trips over this bridge to transport their children to school, visit our local police precinct or firehouse, or shop at our local stores.  We join with him in calling for an elimination of this toll once and for all.”  

Additionally, Goldfeder reintroduced legislation this year in the Assembly that would eliminate the burdensome Cross Bay Bridge toll permanently for every resident of Queens (A.2072). Presently, for non residents, the bridge is $3.25 each way with a minor discount for  E-ZPass users. Goldfeder has also relaunched an online petition to completely remove the toll. The petition can be signed at www.FreeCBB.com

“I'm very pleased the Governor is extending the rebate program for the residents, but I'm also calling him to extend it to all residents of Queens,” said District Leader Lew M. Simon. “The residents of Queens should not be paying for this unfair tax burden. Merchants and businesses that use trucks to transport their products should not have to pay the toll, which eventually falls on the consumer.”

“We are moving in the right direction and closer to completely eliminating this unfair tax on all of our communities,” concluded Goldfeder. “While extending the rebate will have tremendous benefits to our community still recovering from Sandy, our work is not done until this toll has been completely removed for all Queens residents.”

The rebate plan is only valid at the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge for passenger vehicles using an E-ZPass, who are enrolled in the Rockaway Resident Program and reside in either Rockaway or Broad Channel, Queens.  

Daily News - Non-profit wants to transform shuttered Peninsula Hospital into senior housing

The Forum - Pols fight for funding for Rockaway’s only hospital

Continuing Education Comes to the Rockaways!
Kingsborough Community College to Provide off-campus Training
Kingsborough Community College is
 proud to announce a partnership between Beacon Rehabilitation & Nursing Center located at 140 Beach 113th St., Rockaway Park, NY 11694 and Kingsborough’s Office of Continuing Education located at 2001 Oriental Blvd., Brooklyn, NY 11235. The partnership will provide various training programs, and educational and recreational workshops in the Rockaways community, at very inexpensive prices.
 Kingsborough Community College’s Office of Continuing Education will provide instructional staff and other curriculum material, while Beacon Rehabilitation & Nursing Center will provide accommodation and other logistics for some select certificate classes and enrichment programs, to be held at the Beacon Rehabilitation & Nursing Center.
Susan Lavin, a resident of the Rockaways and a Continuing Education Coordinator at Kingsborough, is the Program Coordinator of the Rockaways Educational Initiative.
The following classes are slated for the Beacon Rehabilitation & Nursing Center. Class sizes are limited and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. 
Upcoming Workshops:  
Organization: The Challenges, The Solutions, and The Triumphs - 3/3 & 3/10 – 7-9pm: $30
Vision Board Workshop - 3/6 – 7-9:30pm: $40
Hypnotic Weight Loss - 3/13 – 7-9pm: $30
Stop Smoking with Hypnosis - 3/20 – 7-9pm: $30
Being in Balance Naturally - 3/24 – 7-9pm: $15
Preparation for Notary Public Examination - 3/26 – 7-10pm: $75
Yin & Yang - 3/31 – 7-9pm: $15
Tune Up Your Energy - 4/3 – 7-9pm: $15
To Register or for more information, contact Kingsborough Community College, Office of Continuing Education at 718 368 5050
Kingsborough and Beacon are also seeking suggestions from residents of the Rockaways for future classes and other training programs for the Rockaways Community.
To suggest other classes or certificate and training programs, 
Contact Susan Lavin: susan.lavin@kbcc.cuny.edu
NY Daily News - Sex offenders in Rockaway hotel could mar efforts to revamp 116th Street business area

PIX11 - “A” train vs Rockaway ferry in timed test as NYC considers changes




We are FOCUSING on these rep's who have not signed on as co-sponsors of HR-3370. Tell them to bring this bill to the house floor for a vote. 

Rep. Dennis Ross of Lakeland, Florida
(202) 225-1252, @RepDennisRoss,www.facebook.com/dennis.ross.375 

Rep. Ted Yoho of Gainesville, Florida
202-225-5744, @RepTedYoho,www.facebook.com/CongressmanTedYoho

Rep. Daniel Webster of Orlando, Florida 
(202) 225-2176, @RepWebster, www.facebook.com/RepWebster

Rep. John Boehner - Speaker of the House (Ohio)
(202) 225-6205, @SpeakerBoehner,www.facebook.com/johnboehner

Jeb Hensarling, Texas ( Financial Services – Chairman)
(202) 225-3484, @RepHensarling,www.facebook.com/RepHensarling

Here is a copy of HR-3370 House Billhttp://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th/house-bill/3370

As the bill stands, it is NOT scheduled to even be heard on the House floor.

Rockaway Roller Hockey Rink Construction to Start Fall 2014

 City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Rockaway) announced today that the reconstruction of the Rockaway Roller Hockey Rink located on Beach 109th Street and Shore Front Parkway will begin this fall. The project will be funded by $600,000 in capital funding secured by the councilman.

The space will be reconstructed with a new asphalt rink surface and new dasher boards and fencing chosen in close consultation with the Rockaway Rockies Hockey League. Additionally, the new rink will also feature, for the first time, the installation of electrical conduits, lighting, and a new scorer box. The area around the rink will be updated with new benches, pathways and drinking fountains. 

Councilman Ulrich said "I am delighted that work will begin on the new Rockaway Roller Hockey Rink this fall. This will be a state-of-the-art recreational space and is just the latest investment in our commitment to rebuilding a stronger, more resilient Rockaway. I am looking forward to dropping the first puck!"  

 “The Rockies are extremely excited that the renovation of the hockey rink is finally happening.  We want to thank Councilman Ulrich for securing the necessary funds needed to make this happen and for making sure that the Rockies and local residents were included in the design planning of the new rink. This was a long process and after numerous meetings with the Parks Department and Councilman’s office, we are happy to see that our ideas will be incorporated into the final design.” said Bobby Keane, Board Member of the Rockaway Rockies Hockey League. “The new rink will allow us to expand our program and host evening tournaments. We are anxious to get back on the rink!”

Fort Tilden Beach Might Not Open This Summer Either - Gothamist.com

It's almost February, and New Yorkers suffering from cabin fever are already dreaming of the day when we can strip down to our trunks and dive into the refreshing bosom of the Atlantic Ocean without fear of frostbite. NYC beaches will reopen on Memorial Day, but due to Hurricane Sandy, the future remains uncertain for the popular beaches at Fort Tilden on the Rockaway Peninsula.

Although the NYC Parks Department was able to reopen NYC beaches on schedule last summer (seven months after Sandy clobbered the Rockaways), Fort Tilden falls under the auspices of the National Parks Service, which oversees the Gateway National Recreation Area. Unlike the more crowded beaches at Jacob Riis Park just a stone's throw away, the beaches at Fort Tilden have no lifeguards, and its relative seclusion has made Tilden increasingly popular in recent years. But despite volunteer cleanup efforts, federal officials determined that there was too much erosion and debris from the 2012 hurricane to allow the beaches to safely reopen last summer.


Renderings Revealed for Rebuilding of Rockaway Boardwalk - Curbed.com

The Parks Department's final design for Rockaway Boardwalk, unveiled on Tuesday, was met mostly with enthusiasm by the public and won unanimous approval from Community Board 14, the Daily News reports. The new boardwalk, stretching from Beach 126 to Beach 19, won't be complete until Memorial Day 2017, but it attempts to responsibly account for future storms and other natural shifts by using both wood and concrete. The rebuilt walk will feature a 40-foot wide boardwalk that is elevated above the 100 year flood level, and it will include designated bike lanes, as well as stairs and ramps built out of wood salvaged from Hurricane Sandy-damaged parts of the boardwalk. Not the least of these improvements is the proposed bright yellow welcome mat of R-O-C-K-A-W-A-Y spaced over the boardwalk for all flying in to JFK to see. One neighbor said, "It will be just like the Hollywood sign." Uh, sure.

Wall Street Journal - Sandy Forced Poor to Leave Illegal Units


NEW YORK-Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced the extension of weekday ferry service between the Rockaways and Lower Manhattan. The ferries, which also stop in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, were slated to end on January 31. The extension until May, with an option to extend until August, will allow the city's Economic Development Corporation to issue a request for proposals to determine the viability of long-term service and identify an operator for the line. The ferry service launched in November 2012 and has carried more than 200,000 passengers since.

"We are committed to the Rockaways' recovery. From accelerating rebuilding programs to today's ferry extension, we are going to keep our focus on communities hit hard by Sandy to ensure no one is left behind," said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

"I applaud the decision of Mayor de Blasio to extend ferry service in the Rockaways. Affordable and fast transportation is vital to the growth and future of the peninsula. I also look forward to the upcoming RFP process and moving forward with making this essential service permanent," said Queens Borough President Melinda Katz.

"The Rockaway ferry has become a lifeline for so many families still recovering from Sandy," said Assembly Member Phil Goldfeder. "Increased transit options, including the ferry, will allow our community to thrive and our small businesses to grow. I want to thank Mayor de Blasio and Borough President Melinda Katz for their steadfast commitment to the families of southern Queens and Rockaway, and for their long-term vision for our community." 

The service, operated by Seastreak, will continue to run on its current schedule and charge $3.50 per ride. Ferries will continue to  connect Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive in the Rockaways, where the Economic Development Corporation has installed a temporary landing, the Brooklyn Army Terminal (serving Sunset Park and Bay Ridge) and Pier 11/Wall Street in Lower Manhattan. Free transfers are offered between Pier 11 and East 34th Street in Midtown.


NYCEDC, on behalf of the city, will issue a Request for Proposals next month to determine the potential for long-term ferry operation for the route. Response to the RFP will be evaluated in tandem with ridership levels during the extension to determine if service will be additionally renewed through August 1, 2014.


This is the fourth extension of the ferry service since its initial launch in November 2012, two weeks after Hurricane Sandy devastated waterfront communities across the city. The ferry was a critical mode of inter-borough public transportation available to Rockaway residents during the seven-month A-train suspension after the hurricane. In August 2013, the Brooklyn Army Terminal landing, located at 58th Street in Sunset Park, was added to the existing Rockaway service to provide further transit options for Brooklyn commuters impacted by Sandy-related long-term disruptions to the R train service between Brooklyn and Manhattan.


Existing parking at Beach 108th Street in the Rockaways- which is being provided by National Grid-and at the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park will remain available to passengers. The expanded ferry service is being coordinated on behalf of the city by NYCEDC. A full list of schedules and fares can be found here


Plans For A Queensway, An Outer Borough "High Line," Rejected By Community

Community Board 5 voted 36-2 in favor of looking into railway activation, all but damning the Queensway project. The Queensway project envisioned a High Line-like park that would run through the middle of central Queens (central Queens, by the way, is already home to the beautiful but underused Forest Park, which the new elevated park would pass through). A reactivated rail line would help connect central Queens to central Brooklyn, as well as the Rockaways, possibly as part of the long-imagined TriboroRX line, a dream of transit advocates going on thirty years.

Full Article - Gothamist

Congressman Jerrold Nadler supports the reopening of the Queens Rockaway Beach line.

Queens Community Board 5 also supports using the Queens RBL for faster transportation.

Yahoo!  This is wonderful.  Faster transportation for all of Queens so we can improve our lives.   

The Queens RBL will help more people and unite the Borough of Queens and the City.

Our population is growing and our public transit system must expand to address the dangerous, overcrowded and unreliable buses, trains and roadways. 

Trains are faster, cleaner and more efficient than a bus.  We need to expand our train system. 

Queens needs more jobs and better schools and a stronger economy for all.  Faster transportation will stimulate investments,  development and healthy growth.

It's a shame that the train was taken from us for over 60 years.  Justice and equality will prevail.  

Two and a half hours to cross over Queens by public transportation is ridiculous.

It's about time that decent people stand up and correct this injustice.

Thank you to all our supporters especially Congressman Nadler, Queens Community Board 5 and  Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder.

Queens needs to move faster and forward. 
Please remember to promote and support the Queens Rockaway Ferry and faster transit options for Queens.  It's a fast, beautiful and amazing ride. 

God Bless all of you. 

Please ask your family and friends and commuters to sign our petitions to support the Reactivation of the Queens Rockaway Beach Line, the New Queens Crosstown, eliminate the toll on the Queens Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge for everyone and expand the Queens Rockaway Ferry 





Philip McManus

Queens Public Transit Committee









Here are several crime prevention programs please contact P.O Erich Hilmer 100th precinct crime prevention officer via email: erich.hilmer@nypd.org or call him at 718-318-4214 or

Security Surveys

A security survey is a confidential, in-depth written report that evaluates the existing security and procedures of a premise. A private home, for example, may only entail locks, doors, windows and an alarm system. A corporate facility may require addressing a much wider range of needs, such as closed circuit television, electronic access control, fencing, security lighting, mail handling and visitor screening procedures. The survey will address security vulnerabilities and outline corrective measures. The Department provides this service free of charge. The preparation of confidential surveys requires a technical expertise in the field of security that few members of the Department have acquired. Therefore, our personnel must be knowledgeable on new developments in the security industry. Members of the command have been trained or have an extensive knowledge in physical security.

Operation I.D

Operation Identification is offered free of charge by the New York City Police Department. The program involves engraving an identifiable serial number with the letters N.Y.C. on all portable valuables such as computers, fax machines, copiers, etc. and registering only the number and the owners name and address with the Police Department. This program can be implemented by contacting your local Precinct's Crime Prevention Officer. The officer will loan you an engraver, which is used to mark all equipment.  Benefits from this program include:

  • Special New York City Police Department decals are issued which are affixed to windows alerting people that all property contained within, has been registered in this program.
  • The marked property is more difficult for a thief to sell.
  • Stolen property in the possession of a thief is easily traceable to its rightful owner.
  • Found property can easily be identified and returned to the rightful owner.

Combat Auto Theft (CAT)

  • Vehicle owners register vehicle at their local precinct, when the car is normally not operated between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m.
  • Decals are affixed to the rear side windows of the registered vehicle.
  • Owner signs waiver giving police the authority to stop vehicle if it is seen being operated during program hours.

Commuter Combat Auto Theft (C-CAT)

  • Goal: reduce theft of automobiles parked during the business day by commuters.
  • Vehicle will be parked during business hours under normal conditions between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
  • Owner signs waiver giving police the right to stop vehicle if it is seen being operated during program hours.
  • Decals are similar to CAT decals with the addition of black stripes.

Help End Auto Theft (HEAT) 

  • Majority of persons arrested for auto theft are under 25 years of age.
  • Owner registers vehicle at local precinct.
  • Vehicle owner must be at least 40 years of age and signs a waiver stating that persons under 25 years old do not normally operate the vehicle. This waiver further states that the police have the authority to stop the vehicle anytime a person apparently under the age of 25 years old is operating the auto.

Taxi/Livery Robbery Inspection Program (TRIP)

  • Goal: to promote taxi & livery driver safety.
  • Police are permitted to briefly stop an enrolled vehicle at any time of the day or night to verify the safety of the driver and riders.

Bike Registration 

  • Goal: to enroll bicycles into the program in each precinct.
  • Bicycle is marked with an identification number using an engraver. A decal is affixed to the bicycle, which is difficult to remove. In the event that it is removed "void" appears on what remains of the decal.      
  • In the event that the bicycle is stolen and recovered, it can be traced back to the owner through I.D. number.

Vin Etching 

  • The auto's vehicle identification number is etched onto all of the vehicles glass.
  • Serves to deter theft and trace the stolen parts.


As part of our public education campaign, the Crime Prevention Section has prepared pamphlets and flyers on a variety of topics as they relate to crime prevention. The crime Prevention Section is constantly updating and creating literature on new crime trends to assist precinct and borough commanders in their crime prevention initiatives.

FEMA Releases Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps for New York City

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today released Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for New York City that reflect the latest refinements to the ongoing analysis of flood hazards. This release is the next step in the coastal Flood Insurance Study update. The Preliminary FIRMs replace the Preliminary Work Maps for New York City that were released earlier this year in June as an interim product.

The new maps are extremely important as FEMA and the City continue to work in partnership to support resilient communities, and to avoid or reduce the loss of life and property, and the financial impacts of flooding. The Preliminary FIRMs reflect the same coastal flood risks as the Preliminary Work Maps and have now been updated to include river flooding in the Bronx and Staten Island.

The release of the Preliminary FIRMs indicates the first step in the official regulatory review process. The next step is a statutory 90-day appeal and comment period, which is expected to begin in Spring 2014.  Property owners and interested parties will have the opportunity to appeal the Preliminary FIRMs by submitting technical documentation to New York City during this period.  Once the appeal period is over, and all appeals are resolved, FEMA will issue a Letter of Final Determination (LFD) to the City that initiates the six-month adoption period before the maps become effective. 

Upon becoming effective, expected to occur in 2015, the new FIRMs will determine flood insurance rates. In the meantime, to promote higher standards for building performance and reduce potential future flood insurance costs, the City has revised the building code to require the standards reflected in the Preliminary FIRMs for the construction of new and substantially improved structures.

Information on the comment and appeals process and New York City’s updated building code is available on www.nyc.gov.

For more information on flood risk mapping and insurance, visit www.region2coastal.com, www.msc.fema.gov, and www.floodsmart.gov.


Joseph N. Edwards
Community Liaison
Office of Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (NY-5)
6712 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Arverne, New York 11692
347.230.4032 - Office
347.230.4045 - Fax


Rockaway Theater Company presents

A Hilarious Twist on Dickens’ A Christmas Carol:

Inspecting Carol

December 6.7,13 & 14 @ 8PM

Matinees December 8 & 15 at 3PM

For best seats call RTC Hotline at 718-374- 6400

Or visit our website- www.rockawaytheatrecompany.org

TICKET PRICES: Adults-$15.00 Seniors and children-$12.00

Working on a Railroad

Rails before trails in Queens

At first blush, it sounds terrific: transforming a fallow old stretch of train tracks on the Rockaway Beach Branch of the LIRR into a park for families to enjoy.

But there may well be a better use for this resource: for trains. Call us old-fashioned, but some parts of New York City — and Queens especially — need reliable public transportation more desperately than they need public space.

You can’t blame activists for coming up with their vision for QueensWay. They saw the inspiring success of the High Line, which took a rusty industrial rail line in Manhattan and, with the help of lots of private initiative and money, transformed it into a fantastic gathering place.

This page was more than a cheerleader for that project; we were the first to float the idea.

An idealistic group of folks now wants to apply that template to a 3.5-mile stretch of the Rockaway Beach Branch, which ran from the main LIRR line at Rego Park out to the Rockaways from 1880 to 1962. Since service ended a half-century ago, those tracks have just sat there — attracting lots of weeds but not a single passenger.

Build another High Line, right?

Maybe not. It happens that the Rockaways (pop.: 130,000, and many more visitors) are starved for good, fast transit to Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and all the other places the railroad could take them.

So are Kennedy Airport (where 35,000 people work and 49 million travel in and out a year), Ozone Park, Hamilton Beach and Aqueduct race track and racino, all of which are near the rail line.

So, before going too far down the track of parkifying the path, it’s worth a serious look at whether it can be rescued and revitalized for its original use.

Unlike with the High Line, where the choice was demolition or repurposing, the Rockaway Beach Branch could carry passengers again. Nelson Rockefeller had a plan for just that in 1968. Ditto for Pat Moynihan decades later. Frankly, it would have made more sense for a one-seat JFK link than running an elevated line down the Van Wyck.

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder has put together funding for an impartial study by experts at Queens College.

Smart move — and the first stop in what could be a very important journey.

NY Daily News



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