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]
The MTA recently outlined their current fiscal outlook and laid out priorities before an Assembly Corporations & Authorities committee hearing. Together with Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows), we called on the MTA to invest in Queens Public transit infrastructure and dedicate funding to improve transit options for every Queens community.
I commend the MTA for their efforts to quickly restore our transit system in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, however, they must commit new funding to give every Queens resident affordable and accessible transportation. Projects like the restoration of the Rockaway Beach Rail Line and increased bus service will provide every resident in Queens with an alternative to our currently congested system.
Fighting to Keep Quality Healthcare Services
In the aftermath of Sandy, St. John's Episcopal Hospital played a vital role in serving our community and as a result, incurred many additional expenses. I have introduced legislation in the State Assembly to reimburse St. Johns for the services they provided and urged Governor Cuomo to secure additional state funding for the hospital. This potential funding will provideSt. John's the tools necessary to protect its current services and better serve our communities.
Federal Funding to Repair Sandy-Damaged Schools
With my colleagues in the U.S. Senate, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, we secured over $8 Million in federal funding for public schools damaged by Sandy throughout southern Queens and Rockaway. Our students faced immeasurable challenges during the storm and we owe it to them to rebuild stronger and more resilient. I will continue to work with SenatorSchumer and Gillibrand until every school makes a full recovery and we provide our children with the education they deserve.
Protecting Jamaica Bay
My legislation (A.2074) that would prevent hazardous materials from being dumped into Jamaica Bay's borrow pits and limit the risk of water contamination, has once again passed in the State Assembly! Contaminated materials leaching with toxins have no right to be dumped in our Bay. I strongly urge the State Senate to approve this legislation and not let our waters go another day unprotected!