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]
Sen. Chuck Schumer began pushing on Friday for $175 million to storm-proof Housing Authority buildings whacked by Hurricane Sandy, but he’s worried about how the troubled agency will spend it.
“We have to do whatever we can to ensure that we’re better prepared when the next storm hits,” Schumer said outside the Two Bridges Houses in Chinatown, a block from the East River. “Now obviously the money has to be spent well to make it work.”
The storm severely damaged 21 NYCHA developments in lower Manhattan, Red Hook and Coney Island in Brooklyn and Far Rockaway, Queens, stranding 80,000 tenants without heat, hot water and elevators for nearly a month.
John Rhea, whose tenure as NYCHA chairman was marked by financial mismanagement and repair delays, resigned last month. Mayor de Blasio has yet to name a replacement.
Schumer was optimistic that de Blasio will soon make changes to improve the agency responsible for housing 600,000 New Yorkers.
“I’m very hopeful that the new mayor will come in and appoint a new team that will do a better job than has been done in the past,” he said.