Sunday, June 26, 2016

Air Quality Alert in effect today...





Event:Air Quality Alert
Alert:
...AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM SUNDAY TO 11 PM 
SUNDAY... 
 
THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION HAS 
ISSUED AN AIR QUALITY HEALTH ADVISORY FOR THE FOLLOWING 
COUNTIES... 
RICHMOND...KINGS...QUEENS...NEW YORK...BRONX...WESCHESTER... 
ROCKLAND...ORANGE...PUTNAM. 
AIR QUALITY LEVELS IN OUTDOOR AIR ARE PREDICTED TO BE GREATER 
THAN AN AIR QUALITY INDEX VALUE OF 100 FOR THE POLLUTANT OF OZONE. 
THE AIR QUALITY INDEX...OR AQI...WAS CREATED AS AN EASY WAY TO 
CORRELATE LEVELS OF DIFFERENT POLLUTANTS TO ONE SCALE. THE HIGHER 
THE AQI VALUE, THE GREATER THE HEALTH CONCERN.
 
WHEN POLLUTION LEVELS ARE ELEVATED...THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF 
HEALTH RECOMMENDS THAT INDIVIDUALS CONSIDER LIMITING STRENUOUS OUTDOOR 
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ADVERSE HEALTH EFFECTS.  PEOPLE 
WHO MAY BE ESPECIALLY SENSITIVE TO THE EFFECTS OF ELEVATED LEVELS OF 
POLLUTANTS INCLUDE THE VERY YOUNG, AND THOSE WITH PRE-EXISTING RESPIRATORY 
PROBLEMS SUCH AS ASTHMA OR HEART DISEASE. THOSE WITH SYMPTOMS SHOULD CONSIDER 
CONSULTING THEIR PERSONAL PHYSICIAN.
 
A TOLL FREE AIR QUALITY HOTLINE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED SO NEW YORK 
RESIDENTS CAN STAY INFORMED ON THE AIR QUALITY SITUATION. 
THE TOLL FREE NUMBER IS: 1 800 5 3 5, 1 3 4 5.


Saturday, June 25, 2016

News from Assemblyman Goldfeder

June 24, 2016
In This Issue
Humbled
Cleaning Jamaica Bay
Summer Reading
New Signs at P.S. 207
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Office Locations

  Howard Beach   
162-38 Cross Bay Blvd.
Howard Beach, NY 11414718-641-8755

Rockaway Beach
95-16 Rockaway Beach Blvd.
Rockaway Beach, NY 11693
 718-945-9550 

Albany
LOB 542
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-4292
Quick Links
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Dear Neighbor, 
 
When I announced my decision not to seek re-election in November, I anticipated hearing from the community. However, I could not have expected the tremendous outpouring of support and well wishes my family and I have received. I'm truly humbled by your kind words and thankful for the many strong partnerships and friendships we have built these past five years.

I look forward to our work together during this busy summer season and in the months ahead. Please feel free to call on me with any question or concern. As always, you can stay up to date with community news and daily updates by following me on Facebook and Twitter.

Stay Strong,
Jamaica Bay marsh planting dirt community service grants environmental
Lasting Protections for Jamaica Bay   
Jamaica Bay is a jewel of our community that provides so many recreational opportunities to families and serves as a buffer against storm surges. I'm proud that my last bill in the Assembly will ban the dumping of toxic materials into borrow pits at the bottom of the bay. After passing both the Senate and Assembly with overwhelming support, I now urge Governor Cuomo to sign this bill into law and protect Jamaica Bay for generations to come.
high five summer reading Mary Keegan 146 children students principal
Ready, Set, Read! 
Summer is officially here and that means it's time for my annual Summer Reading Challenge! This year, we delivered 20,000 pamphlets to schools across southern Queens and Rockaway. Students can earn a special certificate by reading at least 15 minutes a day over 40 days in July and August. This will help keep their minds sharp and better prepare them for the following year. Check with your school librarian or call my office for details.
Teaching Our Children Traffic Safety
Recently joined the 4th graders at P.S. 207 in Howard Beach for the unveiling of new student-designed street signs. With the help of the city Department of Transportation, students learned how government really works and solved a problem they first brought to my attention with a letter and petitions last year. These future leaders proved that with hard work and perseverance you can accomplish great things in the community, and I was proud to be part of it! 
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, 95-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach, NY 11693

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Flea Market and Bingo - Another Busy Weekend at the Broad Channel VFW


VFW Prince-Wynn Post #260
705 Shad Creek Road
Broad Channel
11693
718-634-5106

FLEA MARKET
SATURDAY, JUNE 25TH
AND
SUNDAY, JUNE 26TH 
10 am - 4 pm


It's Bingo Time Again!

Sunday, June 26th
Doors open at Noon....First Call at 12:30 pm


The Rockaway Times (Thursday, June 23rd edition)

Build it Back Home in Gerritsen Beach Collapses



EXCLUSIVE

Contractor: ‘My careless workers caused Sandy-damaged home to topple’



Build it back, again: A home being lifted under Build It Back collapsed on June 22.
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This time it didn't take a hurricane.

A Gerritsen Beach house collapsed yesterday, because contractors for the city’s struggling Build It Back storm-recovery program were working when they were not supposed to — and without proper oversight, officials said. Now the construction company, which is responsible for repairing and elevating hundreds of Brooklyn homes, has halted work borough-wide to do inspections, its chief executive said.
“Unfortunat­ely today, work that was not scheduled to be done was done. The safety people that were supposed to have been there were not there … that obviously is a problem,” said Luis Tormenta of Long Island-based contractor LiRos Group, which has a $275 million contract with the city-run, federally funded Build It Back to fix more than 600 hurricane-damaged Brooklyn homes.
The second floor of a two-story house at 70 Beacon Court toppled over on June 22 — just one day after workers set it atop the rest of the structure, a Build It Back spokesman said.
The program has been ramping up repair efforts recently to make good on Mayor DeBlasio’s promise to fix all participating homesby the end of the year — a goal he will almost certainly not reach, because construction takes three to six months and has yet to begin in sections of Sheepshead Bay, where the city must hammer out a deal with residents on streets it does not provide with sewer service.
But work has sped along recently in Gerritsen Beach — so much that some residents complained Build It Back was doing too much, an unheard-of gripe about the notoriously slow program.
The home’s collapse is a blow to the city, which considered the neighborhood’s reconstruction pace a success story, program director Amy Peterson told a previously scheduled town hall in Gerritsen Beach.
“I obviously planned to come here and give you a good speech about all the progress we’re making, because Gerritsen Beach is actually ahead of all the other neighborhoods in terms of the homes moving forward,” she said. “But obviously, it’s very serious what happened in your neighborhood today.”
The collapse did not damage any other homes or utilities, but neighbors should close their windows to avoid dust following last night’s demolition, officials said.
Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Sweeping Environmental Protections For Jamaica Bay



June 22, 2016

In the final hours of this year’s legislative session, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Broad Channel) and state Senator Joseph Addabbo (D-Broad Channel) secured a five-year extension to landmark legislation preventing the dumping of toxic materials into Jamaica Bay.         
“Jamaica Bay is a vital resource for the entire community. It supports so much of the recreational and economic activity that benefits thousands of families across southern Queens andRockaway. It is also critical habitat for our fragile coastal ecosystem and we have a responsibility to preserve and protect it,” said Assemblyman Goldfeder. “Extending the ban on dumping toxic materials into the Jamaica Bay borrow pits will ensure that we continue to maintain this special place now and for future generations.”     
“It has been a pleasure to work with Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder in protecting the delicate ecology of Jamaica Bay, which includes unique salt marshes, and taking action to prevent any environmental degradation that may result in a loss of wildlife habitat, compromised water quality and other negative consequences for the area. I am hopeful this new bill to extend protections will be signed into law by Governor Cuomo,” said Senator Addabbo.      
Last Thursday, state legislators in both the Senate and Assembly passed bill A10560/S08043 to create a five-year extension to legislation by Assemblyman Goldfeder and Senator Addabbo prohibiting the dumping of toxic materials into the borrow pits under Jamaica Bay. 
This extends through 2022 language in state Environmental Conservation Law requiring permits for filling borrow pits with materials generated by dredging projects in area waterways. Under this restriction, the sediments must also meet the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Class A criteria for chemical contamination, the state’s highest sediment classification.         
The DEC spells out sediment classifications in its Technical and Operational Guidance Series (TOGS), a compendium of regulatory and enforcement mechanisms aimed at protecting New York water quality in the state’s lakes, rivers and coastlines. The TOGS classifies sediment by Classes A-C based on the levels of chemicals and heavy metals present, with Class A indicating “no toxicity to aquatic life” while Class C confirms “acute toxicity to aquatic life.” The class A requirement in Goldfeder and Addabbo’s bill would provide the highest level of environmental protection to the bay and surrounding habitats.         
The future of the Bay’s borrow pits has long been a point of contention between state and federal officials; and area residents and environmental activists.         
The term “borrow pits” refers to areas of deeper water depths in the bay created by projects that excavated, or “borrowed,” seabed sediments for use in other areas. The largest and deepest of these is the borrow pit directly adjacent to JFK International Airport, which supplied landfill for expansion projects at the major transit hub. Borrow pits have also been created for the construction of Floyd Bennett Fieldand other public works.         
In the mid-1980s, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed filling the borrow pits with sediment generated by dredging in New York harbor. According to the Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers, a local environmentalist group, the proposal was an effort on the part of the federal government to dispose of sediments deemed too toxic under federal guidelines for dumping in the ocean. The waters around Jamaica Bay form part of the National Park Service’s Gateway Recreational Area and also fall under the jurisdiction of the state DEC.       
In 2012, Goldfeder and Addabbo partnered with the Ecowatchers to introduce legislation banning the dumping of these toxic materials into the bay. Governor Cuomo signed the bill into law in 2014, however the language included a June 30th, 2017 expiration date, leading to this most recent extension proposed by the legislators. The Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers welcome Goldfeder and Addabbo’s new push as a potentially major step in protecting the bay for future generations.         
“The Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers commend Assemblyman Goldfeder and Senator Addabbo for passing this critical legislation and we urge to governor Cuomo to sign it,” said Dan Mundy, Jr., President of the Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers. “It is fitting that the assemblyman’s last bill before leaving office will provide long-term protection for this community and environment and put a halt to a horrible plan which was driven purely by economics. Assemblyman Goldfeder is going out the way that he has served his constituents from day one, which is fighting the good fight looking out for the families he served and protecting beautiful areas like Jamaica Bay for generations to come. Environmental groups around the bay applaud Assemblyman Goldfeder and state Senator Joseph Addabbo’s efforts to get this bill passed.”         
The passage of the bill last week amounted to an eleventh hour victory for the Queens officials. Both houses unanimously voted in favor of the bill during the evening of the last scheduled day of session for the year, which was later extended into Friday. Goldfeder and Addabbo are now calling on Governor Cuomo to sign the bill into law.         
“We thank Dan Mundy and all the environmental advocates for their tireless work and urge Governor Cuomo to join our bipartisan effort to protect Jamaica Bay for years to come,” said the legislators.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

A Danny Ruscillo sighting!


Many of you may have been wondering what our friend Danny Ruscillo over in Rockaway has been up to since passing the presidency of the 100th Police Precinct Community Council to Joe Young back in January.

Now you know!

Who knows, maybe this time next year we will have a picture a Danny seated on his deck with Phil Goldfeder, also sans shirt, enjoying yet another gourmet meal prepared by his lovely wife Linda when she can step away from her facebook age for a moment.

Enjoy Danny!

This Monday - Summer Solstice and a Strawberry Full Moon!


First Time in almost 70 Years....
Summer Solstice and Strawberry Full Moon!

This year's summer solstice, which takes place at 6:34 pm Monday evening, June 20th, will be extra special as it will coincide with a full moon in a rare event that hasn't been seen in almost 70 years.

Monday's full moon is called a 'Strawberry" moon, a name which comes from the belief that strawberry picking season is at its peak during this time of the year and is the only night in the month where the moon will be visible in the sky all evening long. And before you ask, no, the moon will not appear red like a strawberry!

The last time such an alignment took place - the summer solstice and a full moon -  was back in 1948!

Monday's summer solstice will also bring the longest day and shortest night of the year for our area here in Broad Channel with exactly 15 hours, 5 minutes and 40 seconds of daylight.

Monday evening's full moon 6.1 foot high tide will peak at 9:23 pm in Broad Channel. 

Message from Councilman Eric Ulrich - re: Mayor de Blasio's Failure


Dear Friends,

I want to share this video with you from a recent meeting of the City Council Committee on Resiliency and Recovery where I denounced the de Blasio Administration for its continued failures rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy.  

Hundreds of people who were displaced by Sandy are still not back in their homes and the Mayor sends out press releases about what a wonderful job he's doing.  It's unacceptable and wrong.  Everyone knows it.  

In any other administration, heads would roll and people would be fired for these failures.  But this administration holds no one accountable.  



Eric Ulrich

New York City Council Member
District 32

Saturday, June 18, 2016

NYS DEC issues Air Quality Alert for Sunday





NYZ067>075-176-178-200300-
ORANGE-PUTNAM-ROCKLAND-NORTHERN WESTCHESTER-SOUTHERN WESTCHESTER-
NEW YORK (MANHATTAN)-BRONX-RICHMOND (STATEN ISLAND)-KINGS (BROOKLYN)-
NORTHERN QUEENS-SOUTHERN QUEENS-
402 PM EDT SAT JUN 18 2016

THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION HAS
ISSUED AN AIR QUALITY HEALTH ADVISORY FOR THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES...

RICHMOND...KINGS...QUEENS...NEW YORK...BRONX...WESCHESTER...
ROCKLAND...ORANGE...PUTNAM.

IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM TO 11 PM EDT SUNDAY.

AIR QUALITY LEVELS IN OUTDOOR AIR ARE PREDICTED TO BE GREATER THAN
AN AIR QUALITY INDEX VALUE OF 100 FOR THE POLLUTANT OF GROUND LEVEL
OZONE. THE AIR QUALITY INDEX...OR AQI...WAS CREATED AS AN EASY WAY
TO CORRELATE LEVELS OF DIFFERENT POLLUTANTS TO ONE SCALE. THE HIGHER
THE AQI VALUE, THE GREATER THE HEALTH CONCERN.  

[SEE AQI SCALE ABOVE...]

WHEN POLLUTION LEVELS ARE ELEVATED...THE NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT
OF HEALTH RECOMMENDS THAT INDIVIDUALS CONSIDER LIMITING STRENUOUS
OUTDOOR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ADVERSE HEALTH
EFFECTS. PEOPLE WHO MAY BE ESPECIALLY SENSITIVE TO THE EFFECTS OF
ELEVATED LEVELS OF POLLUTANTS INCLUDE THE VERY YOUNG, AND THOSE WITH
PRE-EXISTING RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS SUCH AS ASTHMA OR HEART DISEASE.
THOSE WITH SYMPTOMS SHOULD CONSIDER CONSULTING THEIR PERSONAL
PHYSICIAN.

A TOLL FREE AIR QUALITY HOTLINE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED SO NEW YORK
RESIDENTS CAN STAY INFORMED ON THE AIR QUALITY SITUATION. THE TOLL
FREE NUMBER IS 1 800 5 3 5, 1 3 4 5.