Friday, January 17, 2014

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder - Newsletter

January 17, 2014
 
In This Issue
Welcome New DOT Commissioner
Small Business of the Month
Sandy Recovery
Track Private Snow Plows
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Office Locations

Ozone Park  
108-14 Crossbay Blvd
Ozone Park, NY
11417
718-641-8755

Rockaway Beach
2-14 Beach 96th Street
Rockaway Beach, NY 11693
 718-945-9550 

Albany Office
LOB 834
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-4292

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Dear Neighbor, 

I am proud to congratulate Polly Trottenberg on her recent appointment as the new Commissioner at the NYC Department of Transportation. Her many years of dedicated public service and commitment to improving transportation safety and infrastructure, make her a perfect fit for our growing communities. I have been a tireless advocate for increased transit options and safer streets, particularly around our schools and I am confident that Commissioner Trottenberg will be a great partner.
Stay Strong,    

Small Business of the Month
Congratulations to Tuscany Deli in Lindenwood for being nominated for our first "Small Business of the Month Award!

I want to thank owners, Marly and John Gurino, who have helped make a difference in our community and provided generous assistance for our families in the aftermath of Sandy.

To nominate a small business to be considered for this recognition, please email me directly atgoldfederp@assembly.state.ny.us and please include the reason for your nomination.  
 
Lending a Helping Hand  
To welcome the New Year, together with Friends of Rockaway, my tireless staff and I spent a day insulating a home in Belle Harbor that was destroyed during Sandy! Over a year ago, it was through the kindness and generosity of strangers that we survived and we must continue to help each other until every family is safe and secure back in their own home. 

Track Private Snow Plows  
In an effort to ensure that every street is plowed during the next snow storm and that private contractors are held accountable, I have called on the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) to issue portable GPS tracking devices to privately contracted snow vehicles. GPS tracking in Sanitation trucks are used to update PlowNYC - a citywide website that allows the public to monitor real-time progress on snow removal for residents.
 
Many of the large snow removing trucks used by the DSNY have difficulty navigating some of the smaller streets in Southern Queens and Rockaway and the city employs private contractors to supplement the service. Earlier this month, while roadways throughout New York City were being cleared of snow by city owned vehicles, many smaller streets in Hamilton Beach, Broad Channel and Rockaway were neglected by contractors using private vehicles that could not be located or held accountable.  

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