Tucked away on the west side of the small town of Broad Channel in the middle of Jamiaca Bay is a narrow, dead end, street that goes by the name of West 12th Road. Those of us who live there know that the nice part about living in a small town is that when you are not quite sure what is going on, someone else always does!
[Peter J. Mahon West 12th Road, Broad Channel]
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.