Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Ulrich Allocates Funds to Beautify Broad Channel (The FORUM)




By Michael V. Cusenza...The FORUM

City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) recently heralded the results of a beautification initiative that addressed trash-prone parts of Broad Channel.

The clean-up program, which began in September and wrapped up last week, targeted problematic areas between the Joseph P. Addabbo Memorial Bridge and the Broad Channel Athletic Club. Ulrich funded the initiative through Wildcat Service Corporation – a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities and resources for unemployed and underemployed New Yorkers to receive training and guidance, find jobs, and build careers.

“The Addabbo Bridge serves as the gateway to the community and this initiative will go a long way in addressing problematic streets and mediums in the area,” Ulrich said. “Ensuring the quality of life for my constituents is a priority, and I am confident that this partnership with Wildcat will help to achieve this goal.”

This year, Ulrich has made a concerted effort to invest in projects and programs aimed at beautifying District 32—and he noted last week that “we are far from finished.” In August, Ulrich announced that he has secured more than $85,000 for the expansion of sanitation services along Cross Bay Boulevard, including additional trash pick-up locations, as well as mechanical broom sweeping between Liberty Avenue and 165th Avenue.

“Ensuring the cleanliness of the district is a top priority,” Ulrich said in August.

The councilman also funds a no-cost graffiti removal program in collaboration with the Queens Economic Development Corporation.

“I want to thank Councilman Ulrich and Wildcat for helping to beautify this portion of Broad Channel, which seems to fall through the cracks when no City agency is willing to address the need to weed and clean it,” Broad Channel Civic Association President Dan Mundy, Jr. said last week. “It will make the entranceway to Broad Channel and the Rockaways much nicer – and just in time for the annual FDNY Turkey Trot 5K Run.”

Monday, October 16, 2017

Councilmembers Crowley and Ulrich at odds over Bayview's Closure


Eric Ulrich and Elizabeth Crowley

 The NY Post
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Rockaway-Ozone Park) claimed that Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) used her office to shutter the popular waterfront Bayview Grille & Marina in Broad Channel because her two sons were attacked outside the eatery.A Queens legislator charges that one of his colleagues abused her power, saying in an ethics complaint that she used her position to sic government agencies on a waterfront restaurant after her sons were assaulted outside the establishment.
Her son Dennis O’Hara, 20, was working at Bayview and her other son, Owen, 19, was hanging out nearby when the two got roughed up on July 1, 2016.
Ulrich filed the complaint with the Conflicts of Interest Board on April 3 after the owner told him that a multi-agency team — including police, fire fighters and Buildings Department and State Liquor Authority agents — swooped in to investigate the restaurant.
The Department of Investigation opened a probe and interviewed the restaurateur, Nicholas Martelli. The Jamaica Bay property is owned by his uncle, Anthony Martelli.
“The landlord of the establishment (NBAR CORP d/b/a Bayview) contacted me today to inform me that they believe they are being targeted by Council Member Elizabeth Crowley, whose son is a former employee at Bayview. Apparently, after he was recently involved in a physical altercation . . . The bar was subsequently visited / inspected by multiple city and state agencies, including the SLA,” Ulrich wrote the board.
“The owners allege that one of the police officers from the 100th precinct told them Council Member Crowley called to report underage drinking, etc.,” Ulrich said.

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He pointed out that the restaurant is located in his district, not Crowley’s.
The inciting incident occurred Owen O’Hara was trying to get into an Uber car and leave when someone hit him from behind, Martelli said.
Dennis O’Hara rushed out to help his brother. He, too, was attacked and ended up hospitalized for 10 days.
Crowley denied Ulrich’s claims, calling them baseless and said she was never contacted by DOI.
“Her only involvement with this restaurant is contacting law enforcement after her sons were assaulted there, as any mother would do, and taking every step to aid their recovery from this attack,” said Crowley spokesman Doug Forand.
The Crowley spokesman also pointed out that alleged Bonanno mobster Rober Pisani, a defendant in a federal loan sharking case, has ties to Bayview.
Bayview is still closed as it seeks necessary government approvals to reopen.
The DOI declined to comment.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Broad Channel Beams As Mayor Allocates $7M to Sunset Cove Restoration




For the Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers, local residents and Bay lovers, this past Friday, October 6 was a day of jubilee, as the Mayor’s Office hosted a press conference to officially announce an allocation of $7M towards the restoration of Sunset Cove in Broad Channel (BC).
The Sunset Cove restoration and revitalization project, estimated to cost just under $15M, will crucially help protect the BC community from floodwaters and improve the health of Jamaica Bay. Plans for the project include removing contaminated fill, providing access to the park, creating a resilient shorefront that restores native habitat for fish, birds and wildlife, and restoring critical tidal wetlands in the Bay. Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation (NYC Parks) Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, the Office of the Mayor Senior Director of Climate Policy and Programs and Chief Resilience Officer Daniel Zarrilli joined residents and local officials at the site to make the announcement.
Sunset Cove Park is a 12-acre parcel of land located on a former derelict marina in BC. Formerly known as Schmitt’s Marina, the site was acquired by NYC Parks in 2009 at the urging of the community, following prosecution of the owner for environmental and other violations. The area consists largely of hazardous and contaminated construction fill, debris, and invasive vegetation with limited coastal protection and ecological function.
Phase One of the project, with an estimated total price tag of $14M, is to restore the site by excavating contaminated and hazardous fill to create a tidal wetland. Plus placement of a clean sand cap in the marsh, along with planting of native wetland plant species, which will restore the shoreline ecosystem and create habitat. Phase Two of the project, estimated to cost $1.8M, will complete the installation of a planned boardwalk and outdoor classroom providing opportunities for environmental education for local and neighboring schools across the City and foster community engagement.
Bay champion fighter, Dan Mundy, Jr., co-founder with his dad, Dan Mundy, Sr., of the Ecowatchers, said, “Today marks the crowning achievement of a group effort with the Parks Department, the Mayor’s office, Borough President Melinda Katz’s office and local officials, Councilman Eric Ulrich, Assemblywoman Stacy Pheffer Amato and Senator Joseph Addabbo who were all deeply involved in helping the Ecowatchers’ mission to restore and revitalize Sunset Cove.
“This has been a long road due to joint jurisdictional issues. We had hit a speed bump with the funding that posed challenges for all our partners and their budgets, but everyone stepped up to the game. However, now with this $7M funding from the Mayor’s office, our vision for the revitalization of Sunset Cove will soon be a reality,” Mundy, Jr. said.
The mayoral funding matches an existing $7 million for the restoration of Sunset Cove from a Department of Interior – National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grant and DEC Mitigation funding. Work will include the restoration of five acres of salt marsh and seven acres of coastal woodland; removal of contaminated fill across the site and replacement with clean sand; and the installation of a pedestrian pathway along a perimeter berm which will provide both access and storm protection. The design for Sunset Cove was completed in May 2016. Following the design, the project received bids that were nearly double the available budget, effectively stalling progress. Now with the additional funding from the Mayor’s office, the project will be able to move forward immediately. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2018 and will be completed in 2019.
Mundy, Jr. said, “Now we are going to have wetlands, an elevated berm that is going to double as storm protection, while offering opportunities to walk along that berm and see the beauty of the Bay out for miles. Thanks to funding from the borough president’s office, phase two of Sunset Cove’s restoration will feature a boardwalk that walks out to an outdoor classroom. The boardwalk is a great nod to fantastic ideas, as the Parks Dept. has been able to preserve pieces of the old Rockaway boardwalk that was ripped up during Hurricane Sandy to use towards the construction of the Sunset Cove boardwalk. We are going to remold that lumber down with Brazilian cherry wood with a fantastic finish. Finally, we are going to have an eco dock, allowing access for children to come and participate in oyster studies. We are really trying to push kids to put their technological devices down, get their hands dirty and enjoy and learn from the outdoors.
“On these  islands on the Bay we restored, and brought hundreds of children from the inner cities, who have never been out on a boat before, together we planted 400,000 plugs of marsh.” Mundy, Jr. said.
Deputy Mayor Glen said, “I was floored with the amount of work that was going on in BC after Sandy. Last October 2016, 20 percent of the Build It Back BC projects were underway or complete, and today, the figure is 95 percent. A year does make a difference. We listened to the Mundys and found the money to make this project a reality. This land is going to be cleaned, restored and be both a barrier and sponge for when the waters do rise. This is a rare moment where we can see government actually works and gets stuff done.”
Councilman Eric Ulrich, a vocal critic of de Blasio, made the crowd laugh when he said, “In regards to the Mayor’s office $7M funding for the revitalization of Sunset Cove, here’s something you thought I would never say. ‘Thank you Mayor de Blasio and your administration for being here today and working with community advocates like the Mundys who do an amazing job everyday fighting for BC and Jamaica Bay.
Mundy, Jr. struck a cord when he said, “Once reconstruction is completed, this is going to be a beautiful resilient park, bringing back the wetlands that we are losing, and most importantly, offer an educational component that does not exist anywhere. While we made a lot of noise to get this project done, we are thankful for all our partners who worked steadfastly with us to make the revitalization of Sunset Cove finally come to fruition.”

Thursday, October 5, 2017

The Rockaway Times (Thursday, October 5th edition)

TODAY!...Broad Channel VFW Penny Social at the American Legion Hall


VFW Prince-Wynn Post #260
705 Shad Creek Road
Broad Channel



Saturday 
 October 14th, 2017
at
The American Legion Post Hall
located at:
209 Cross Bay Boulevard
Broad Channel, N.Y.
11693

Doors Open: 6:00 p.m.
Admission: $10
Early Bird Specials...Door Prize....50/50...
Calling starts at 8:30 p.m.

Adult and children's bicycles; 5 piece luggage set, tickets to attend live network television morning shows such as The View and Live with Kelly and Ryan, Christmas decorations; deck furniture, fishing equipment, gift baskets and much more!

Refreshments will be available!
Want to reserve a table?...call Liz at 646-744-9230

Note:  If anyone would like to assist us by donating a "prize" for this Penny Social for our disabled veterans,  all "new" donations will be gratefully accepted this weekend 

(Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday) at the Broad Channel VFW.   

All proceeds will go to fund Thanksgiving Dinner for the Disabled Veterans of St. Albans Hospital and other events and activities for our veterans.


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Don't Miss the "Harvest" Moon Tonight!

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

The Harvest Moon is the full Moon nearest the start of fall or the autumnal equinox.  For us in the Northern Hemisphere, the Harvest moon is rising late this year. Usually it occurs before the equinox in September, but this year the Harvest moon will actually occur at 2:40 p.m. on Thursday, October 5th, 2017.  

The Harvest moon stems from times past when farmers would need to start gathering in the food to prepare for the lean winter months. For several evenings just before and after this full moon,  moon rise comes soon after sunset providing bright moonlight early in the evening aiding farmers harvesting their summer grown crops...hence, it's called the "Harvest" Moon!

Say Goodbye to the Old Kosciuszko Bridge





This Sunday, October 1st,  the NYS Department of Transportation will conduct an implosion of the old Kosciuszko Bridge between Brooklyn and Queens. The work will involve the use of explosives and will consist of warning sirens followed by a loud explosion at approximately 8 a.m.

Motorists and pedestrians should expect traffic disruptions in the immediate area surrounding the bridge beginning tonight at approximately 10 p.m.  In addition, traffic on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway over the new Kosciuszko Bridge will be temporarily stopped in both directions shortly before and after the implosion. Please use alternate routes on Sunday, October 1st, if possible.