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 happy to share with you another August eNewsletter bulletin with information on local events, legislation and many other important issues in our community.
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Ulrich Appoints New Chief of Staff
Sal Simonetti became chief of staff on Monday, August 18th
Councilman Ulrich promoted long-time aide and friend,Salvatore Simonetti, to Chief of Staff last week. In this capacity, Mr. Simonetti will oversee constituent services and district operations.
He succeeds Rudy S. Giuliani who was recently appointed Borough Director at the Mayor's Office of Housing Recovery Operations and the Build it Back Program.
"Sal has many years of government and managerial experience that will serve him well," said Ulrich. "His extensive knowledge of the issues facing the district is truly second-to-none. There is no doubt in my mind that he will do a great job."
Ulrich also hired Redmond Haskins as his Director of Communications and Veterans Liaison. Previously, Haskins served as Deputy District Director for former Congressman Bob Turner. Gregory Mitchell was also hired full time as the Legislative and Budget Director.
MESSAGE TO THE MAYOR:
SAVE OUR FERRY!
Councilman Ulrich advocates for permanent ferry service
(August 21, 2014) Councilman Eric Ulrich joined other elected officials and community leaders at a rally on the steps on City Hall to demand the continuation of ferry service to-and-from the Rockaways. The de Blasio Administration did not include funding to subsidize ferry service in this year's budget. Without it, service may end in October.
"The ferry is not a luxury, it is a vital lifeline for the people of Rockaway," said Councilman Ulrich."For far too long, Rockaway has been neglected and ignored. Our message to the Mayor is simple; save our ferry!"
HAMILTON BEACH PLAYGROUND HITS THE JACKPOT!
Rendering courtesy Resorts World Casino
(August 21, 2014) The Hamilton Beach playground at Charles Park will be fully rebuilt thanks to a generous $40,000 donation from Resorts World Casino. The now dilapidated and defunct play equipment, made worse by Hurricane Sandy, will be replaced this September.
"Resorts World Casino has once again shown its commitment to improving the quality of life in the surrounding community by rebuilding the playground in Hamilton Beach," said Council Member Eric Ulrich. This is just another example of how elected officials, local businesses and community leaders can work together to make a difference in the lives of our children." NY1 Reports
Ulrich Praises New Commissioner of Mayor's Office of Veteran Affairs
Councilman Ulrich joined Mayor de Blasio and MOVA Commissioner Sutton in the Blue Room at City Hall.
(August 18, 2014) Council Member Eric Ulrich, Chair of the City Council Veterans Committee, lauded the recent appointment of U.S. Army Brigadier General Loree Sutton (RET.) as Commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Veterans Affairs (MOVA).
The Mayor's Office of Veterans' Affairs was established by local law 53 in 1987. MOVA advises the Mayor on issues and initiatives impacting the veteran and military community. MOVA works with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the New York State Division of Veterans Affairs (NYSDVA), City Agencies, veteran's organizations and other stakeholders to offer services to veterans, their dependents and survivors.
Breezy Point Street Co-Named in Honor of Late Vietnam War Hero
(August 23, 2014) Councilman Ulrich was proud to join hundreds of veterans and Breezy Point residents at street co-naming ceremony Saturday to honor fallen Vietnam hero Sgt. Gerard Dunne.
Dunne served in the United States Army and was killed in action on August 25, 1968 in Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and the Silver Star - the third highest military decoration for valor.
Ulrich introduced legislation in June to co-name Beach 221st Street and Rockaway Point Boulevard, "Sergeant Gerard J. Dunne, U.S Army Way." The bill unamiously passed the Council and was signed into law by Mayor de Blasio.
New School to Open in Ozone Park
Ozone Park's newest Public School P.S. 316Q will open this September. The school and accompanying playground is in the final phase of construction at the corner of 90th Street and 101st Avenue (former site of St. Stanislaus School). The 444 seat building will supply some much needed relief to the district's overcrowded classrooms.
Ulrich: Link 311 & VA Suicide Hotline
(August 21, 2014) Councilman Ulrich recently introduced legislation that would require 311 operators to connect any caller seeking veterans suicide prevention services with the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) Crisis Line.
The Veterans Crisis Line (VCL) is a toll-free, confidential resource that connects veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified mental health counselors. Since its launch in 2007, the VCL has answered more than 1.1 million calls and made more than 37,000 lifesaving rescues.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) continues to afflict surviving veterans, especially recently returned Iraq and Afghanistan service members. According to the VA, roughly 20 percent of post 9/11 vets grapple with PTSD daily, and this issue is compounded by a staggering suicide rate, which claims the lives of 22 veterans each day.
"Those who have borne the battle return home with the invisible wounds of war and unfortunately still face barriers to treatment," said Council Member Ulrich. "We owe it to our veterans, after they've sacrificed so much, to ensure that care is easily and readily available. This legislation will strengthen connections between 311 callers, VCL professionals, and the VA resources they need and deserve."
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OPENS NEW FACILITY IN RICHMOND HILL
(August 19, 2014) Councilman Ulrich attended the grand re-opening of the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens. The $10 million, 350,000-square-foot project added a new regulation-sized gymnasium, which is the core of the new addition, as well as classroom space, teen center, and a state-of-the-art computer lab. The teen center was funded through a $250,000 donation from Major League Baseball and the New York Mets. JC Penney also kicked in $50,000 for the general project. For more than 50 years, the facility has enabled thousands of young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Since taking office, Councilman Ulrich has allocated $50,000 per year to support the youth programs and recreational activities there.