Saturday, February 25, 2017

News from Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato


Friday February 24, 2017  
Stop by the office!

9516 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Rockaway Beach, NY 11693
Fax: 718-945-9549

Howard Beach 
162-38 Cross Bay Blvd.
Howard Beach, NY 11414
Fax: 718-835-3190

LOB 827
Albany, NY 12248
Dear Neighbor,
I hope you and your families are enjoying the unusually warm winter weather!
During the past two weeks, I created my first piece of legislation, to help Veterans across NYS; I was honored as Deputy Grand Marshal for the Queens County St. Patrick's Day Parade; I joined with other legislators to co-sponsor protections for small businesses; and I announced I'll be hosting a mobile breast cancer screening van in March!
I've also attended civic meetings and planning groups, and kept up to date on some great community developments.  As always, my favorite part has been speaking with so many of you about your needs and your great works in the community.
You can stay up to date with community news and daily updates by following me on Facebook and Twitter! 
As always,  

Serving Those Who Served Our Country
This past week, I introduced A.5165, a bill to make it easier for Veterans and their loved ones, caretakers and community to get access to services throughout New York State.  It requires the contact information for each Veterans' Home to be placed on the website of the Division of Veterans' Affairs.
Co-Sponsoring Legislation to Protect Small Businesses

This past Tuesday I joined  Assemblymember Ron Kim for the announcement of theRestaurant Owners’ Whistleblower Protection Act (A. 5817 / S. 4472).  I  spoke about why the current system of health inspections is adversarial and arbitrary, and why it needs to be reformed.

Deputy Grand Marshal for Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade

I was named this past Saturday, February 18th, as a Deputy Grand Marshal for the 42nd Annual Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the second-largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York City.  

Friday, February 24, 2017

Weekly Construction Schedule/ConEd Weekend Schedule

Good morning,

Attached please find the Weekly Construction Bulletin for the Broad Channel Reconstruction project.

If you have any issues or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Please be advised that the Contractor will not be working on Saturday, February 25, 2017.

Have a good weekend,

Fern Weinreich
Community Construction Liaison
Broad Channel Project   ID: HWQ1182A
Field Office Number: 646-300-4351
Cell Number: 917-854-8341

Note:  ConEd is scheduled to be working on West 12th Road on both Saturday, February 25th and Sunday, February 26th however it is anticipated that they will be off the street by 2 pm each day which will serve to accomodate bulk deliveries and Build it Back move-outs.

City tells Broad Channel - "No Soup for You!"

[The below appears in the Beachcomber Column of this week's WAVE]


Broad Channel Civic Association’s Dan Mundy Jr. isn’t too happy that Broad Channel is being shut out of the city’s plans for the FEMA boardwalk surplus funds, and frankly we think he has a point. 
“The Broad Channel Civic Association submitted a number of projects for consideration as well as pointing out to them, and the Mayor’s office, that Broad Channel is part of this Parks Department area as well. We were encouraged by the support we received from so many on the community board who were just as shocked to see that we were not included. We also highlighted the unbelievable fact that after Hurricane Sandy, which saw all of our parks under 5 feet of water, no assessment was made by NYC Parks to examine the damage that our parks sustained or to submit such assessments to FEMA which may have resulted in funding for this neighborhood. Thankfully we have a very good friend in our Borough President Melinda Katz who has personally brought this omission to Parks Commissioner Silver and is pushing very hard to see Parks include Broad Channel in some of this funding.” 
Good luck, Dan!

Between the Bridges in Broad Channel

Between the Bridges in Broad Channel
Peter J. Mahon
February 23rd, 2017


Despite the fact that many consider me to be the epitome of an individual with absolutely too much time on his hands, my proclivity for somber reflection on the absurdities of life often reaps its own rewards.  For instance, sitting thoughtfully by my kitchen window during our recent snowstorm I could not help but wonder why parking meters always stay in effect when alternate side regulations are suspended for snow removal. Like many of us, the first thought that crossed my suspicious mind was the obvious one, money, but I figured I would call DOT and get the straight scoop from the horse's mouth.  DOT informed me that the suspension of alternate side parking regulations is a means of making sure us regular folk can leave our vehicles safely in a parking space on narrow residential streets instead of moving and possibly stranding them on the actual roadway which would then obstruct the movement of snow plows along that residential street.  On the other hand, DOT assured me that my "fattening the city treasury" conspiracy theory was all wet and that meter regulations actually remain in effect to ensure that sanitation can plow snow from curb sides in front of commercial businesses which serves to help those shops return to normal operation after the storm.  I am still not quite sure how plowing the parking spaces in front of commercial establishments does the businesses any good when every one's  car remains plowed in under feet of snow and ice on residential streets unable to travel to and park in the shop's nicely cleared curbside.  Nevertheless, despite my cynicism regarding any governmental explanations, I had to admit that this one actually made some sense and so in my X-File compendium of unexplained municipal anomalies, I marked this mystery as solved!  I thanked the DOT representative for her assistance in this this matter but before hanging up, I asked if she could perhaps shed some light on the long time confusion stemming from why we park on driveways and drive on parkways. Without missing a beat the DOT rep answered "You can blame that one on Robert Moses!"  Who knew DOT had a sense of humor?

The day after the snowstorm I was going through my email when I spotted an "Amber Alert" having been issued for a missing child in upstate New York.  I started to think to myself (remember "too much time on my hands") that a missing or abducted child is a pretty serious matter so why would they term it as "Amber", an innocuous color used to let you know that the street light is about to turn red or a fossilized piece of resin used to clone dinosaurs in Jurassic Park? Why not just term it a "Red Alert"?  As it turns out, an "Amber Alert" although officially a backronym for  "America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response" is in fact, named after Amber Hagerman, a young 9-year-old girl abducted and murdered in Arlington, Texas, in 1996.  Sadly, yet another mystery explained.

After coming out in impressive numbers to march on Washington and throughout the world, there is now much talk about the Women's March  group's next  "novel" idea - women should go on strike for a day. The organizers of the Women's March on Washington have set the date for their general strike, dubbed "A Day Without A Woman," for March 8, which is International Women's Day.  What some women may not know is that a "women's strike" is not really a novel idea nor is its' origination a female centric one.  “Lysistrata” is a bawdy anti-war play by the ancient Greek playwright Aristophanes, first staged in 411 BC. It is the account of one woman's extraordinary mission to end the Peloponnesian War, as Lysistrata convinces the women of Greece to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands as a means of forcing the men to negotiate a peace.  Of course due diligence also requires that I advise you to keep in mind that it was also Aristophanes who said "These impossible women! How they do get around us! The poet was right: Can't live with them, or without them." 

Broad Channel, why would anyone want to live anywhere else?

The Rockaway Times (Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 edition)

Friday, February 17, 2017

News from Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato

Contractors working on W11th and 12th Roads Saturday and Monday (Presidents Day)

Good morning,

The Contractor will be working this Saturday, February 18th on West 11th and West 12th Roads.

Additionally, the contractors will be working on President's Day, Monday, February 21st, 2017.

Fern Weinreich
Community Construction Liaison
Broad Channel Project   ID: HWQ1182A

Field Office Number: 646-300-4351
Cell Number: 917-854-8341

Con Edison Work Notice

Complete Closure of W12th Road to Traffic

Attached please find an advisory regarding the closure of West 12th Road to traffic due to the construction of the raised road bed.

Please note that the Contractor will be working on Monday, February 20th (President's Day).

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Have a good day,
Fern Weinreich
Community Construction Liaison
Broad Channel Project   ID: HWQ1182A
Field Office Number: 646-300-4351
Cell Number: 917-854-8341