Sunday, October 20, 2019

John C. Spataro - Justice of the Supreme Court Queens County

John C. Spataro is a lifelong resident of Queens County. He received his J.D. from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in 1997 and admitted to the New York Bar the following year. In 2013, he was admitted to the United States District Court, Southern District.He has been an insurance defense litigator for over 20 years, with a majority of that time working for a major insurance carrier.His current practice includes construction and general liability cases, and previously included municipal, corporate and personal litigation, as well as toxic tort and reinsurance litigation.  

Our friend and neighbor, John Spatoro, has announced himself  a candidate for judge of the New York Supreme Court 11th Judicial District. John will be on the ballot in the general election on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.
I have known John and his family for almost two decades now and have worked closely with with him addressing several important issues, most notably our community's ill fated fight with the Brooklyn Archdiocese in an attempt to keep the doors of our small St. Virgilius Parish School open. He, along with others, worked tirelessly for hundreds of hours to create a viable business plan providing the St. Virgilius Parish School with a one year reprieve through June 2006 when it the Brooklyn Archdiocese finally closed it's doors forever.
Keep in mind that Judges have a unique role in the American democratic system as the unbiased interpreters of the law and the dispensers of justice. A good judge should not only be well versed in law, but he should act fairly and impartially and render decisions that are independent and based on good faith.  Judges have extraordinary power and responsibility because they determine matters that affect the future of the parties involved in a case. 
John is possessed with both the requisite judicial temperament and and innate ability to both communicate and listen. John has also established a long history of ,unquestioned ethical behavior, both in his personal and professional life.
That being said, I can state unequivocally that if elected on November 5th, John will make a great N.Y. Supreme Court Judge.   

8th Annual Broad Channel Christmas Lights $5,000 Giveaway

It's that time of the year again to raise money for the 

We will be hosting the annual $5,000 Giveaway to raise the money.
Tickets for the raffle are $50 and only 400 tickets will be sold!

There will be one grand prize winner of $5,000 plus 9 additional cash prizes!

The raffle will be drawn on 
Thursday, November 14, 8PM
at Bungalow Bar
(after Bungalow Trivia Night) 

*Winner does not need to be present to win!*

Raffle tickets can be purchased at:

Thank You in advance for the support & Good Luck! 

2020 Broad Channel Historical Calendars now available

The 2020 Broad Channel Historical Calendar is once again available for purchase and is still only $5.

The calendars may be purchased at the All American Bagel & Barista II, locaed at 20-10 Cross Bay Blvd. , Broad Channel, N.Y. 11693...
by contacting Barbara Toborg or any of the other members of the  Broad Channel Historical Society Historical Committee by visiting their website..

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Bicyclist dies in Broad Channel

Photo by Todd Maisel
Police investigate the death of a bicyclist on Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel on Sunday afternoon.
Queens cyclists blamed the city for not doing enough to overhaul the treacherous roads of Broad Channel before a biker’s death Sunday.
Bogdan Darmetko, 65, of Corona, Queens, was heading north on Cross Bay Boulevard when he was struck and killed by an SUV driver around 2:40 p.m. on Oct. 13. He was the 25th city cyclist to die this year, up from 10 deaths in all of 2018.
Advocates and elected officials criticized the street’s design following the tragedy. The boulevard is “terrifying” to ride on — even though it provides a critical link to the Rockaways, according to Laura Shepard, a Queens resident and advocate at Bike NYC. Cross Bay currently features typical “class II” painted bike lanes, with no separation from passing vehicles on a wide, four-lane artery.
Safe streets proponents have been calling for better bike access for years.
“Traffic on Cross Bay is really fast and when you’re on the class II lane, you do feel good that there is a space allocated for you,” said Shepard. “But you’re watching out for car doors. You kind of always have to watch and listen to what’s going on behind you to make sure the cars are staying in their lane.”
Specific details of the crash were not immediately clear and a Police Department investigation is ongoing. Darmetko had apparently entered a driving lane when he was struck, according to an NYPD spokeswoman. But the northbound section of the street is currently milled, in the process of being repaved, and does not feature lane markings.
“Once the resurfacing of Crossbay [sic] Blvd is complete @NYC_DOT needs to install a protected bike lane on this stretch,” tweeted local Councilman Eric Ulrich. “Cyclists should not be put in harms way. This could have been avoided!”
Shepard, who bikes to the Rockaways roughly once a week in warm weather, said bike lanes should be preserved during millings and pavings and joined Ulrich in calling for physically separated bicycle space on the boulevard.
A spokesman for the city’s Department of Transportation said the agency is considering fast tracking better bicycle infrastructure in the area and is exploring other safety improvements as well.
In the midst of an increase in cycling deaths this year, advocates are pushing for the passage of City Council legislation from Speaker Corey Johnson that would require the city to create five-year master plans for its streets. As written, Johnson’s bill would mandate the installation of a certain number of new bus and bike lanes in each plan. Johnson last week pledged to pass this bill this month and a City Council hearing on street safety is planned for Oct. 24.
“My heart breaks for the family of Bogdan Darmetko,” Johnson tweeted. “We need to be proactive about safe streets. Sounds like residents have been saying this is a problem area for a while. We need to act urgently to prevent tragedies before, not just after, they happen.”
Juan Restrepo, the Queens organizer at Transportation Alternatives, said Darmetko’s death is indicative of a lack of vision for a complete city cycling network — that wide roads in areas like southern Brooklyn and the Rockaways have been overlooked for years.
“It really touches what we’re asking for throughout the city — a comprehensive solution for traffic safety and protected bike lanes and really don’t have it now,” Restrepo said.
This story first appeared in amNY, one of our sister publications.

High Wind Warning

National Weather Service New York NY
1245 AM EDT Thu Oct 17 2019


* WHAT...West winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 65 mph.

* WHERE...Entire Tri-State Area.

* WHEN...Until 6 PM EDT this evening.

* IMPACTS...Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines.
  Widespread power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult,
  especially for high profile vehicles.


A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected
or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts
of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

NWS - Latest Briefing Coastal Storm

NWS issues Wind Advisory for our area

National Weather Service New York NY
325 PM EDT Wed Oct 16 2019

Northern Fairfield-Northern New Haven-Northern Middlesex-
Northern New London-Southern Fairfield-Southern New Haven-
Southern Middlesex-Western Passaic-Eastern Passaic-Hudson-
Western Bergen-Eastern Bergen-Western Essex-Eastern Essex-
Western Union-Eastern Union-Orange-Putnam-Rockland-
Northern Westchester-Southern Westchester-New York (Manhattan)-
Bronx-Richmond (Staten Island)-Kings (Brooklyn)-
Northwestern Suffolk-Southwestern Suffolk-Northern Queens-
Northern Nassau-Southern Queens-Southern Nassau-
325 PM EDT Wed Oct 16 2019


The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a Wind Advisory,
which is in effect until 6 PM EDT Thursday.

* WHAT...Southeast winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph this
  evening along the coast, becoming west and expanding across the
  entire area tonight into Thursday.

* WHERE...Entire Tri-State Area.

* WHEN...From 10 PM this evening to 6 PM EDT Thursday.

* IMPACTS...Strong winds may blow down limbs, trees, and power
  lines. Scattered power outages are expected.


A Wind Advisory is issued when sustained winds of 31 to 39 mph,
or gusts of 46 to 57 mph, are expected or occurring. Winds this
strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile
vehicles, in open areas, and on elevated roads and bridges. Use
extra caution.

Coastal Flooding Possible with 10:51 pm High Tide tonight

Coastal Hazard Message
National Weather Service New York NY
228 PM EDT Wed Oct 16 2019

...Minor to Moderate Coastal and Shoreline Flood Impacts


* LOCATIONS...Vulnerable coastal locales along Southern Nassau
  and Southern Queens.

* TIMING...During the times of high tide from 9 PM this evening
  to 2 AM EDT Thursday.

* COASTAL FLOOD IMPACTS...There is a low threat of property
  damage. Shallow flooding is expected in the most vulnerable
  locations near the waterfront and shoreline. Expect around 1 to
  2 feet of inundation above ground level in low lying, vulnerable
  areas. Some roads and low lying property including parking
  lots, parks, lawns and homes/businesses with basements near the
  waterfront will experience shallow flooding.

* SHORELINE IMPACTS...Large breaking waves will result in
  significant beach erosion and flooding with areas of erosion to
  dune structures during the times of high tide tonight.


A Coastal Flood Advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides
will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore.

NWS Briefing - Approaching Coastal Storm