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]
Two weeks ago, I called on the MTA to investigate the May 27th A-train disruption that stranded thousands of commuters and stopped traffic throughout southern Queens and Rockaway. The response back from at least one MTA official was that the agency doesn't have "flying buses" to transport commuters in emergencies.
Making light of our lack of transit options is simply unacceptable. Our families deserve to have the plans in place to get around the community during emergencies. We also have to ensure that our transit lines are secure and that thieves are prevented from stealing copper wiring and other infrastructure. This week I've introduced a bill to make tampering with transit lines and causing mass disruptions like we saw a felony under state law.
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Protecting Families from Future Storms
Families across southern Queens and Rockaway deserve the best possible protection against future storms. That's why I joined Senator Schumer and Congressman Meeks in calling on the Army Corps to install the greatest amount of rock jetties, groins and other protective measures for the Rockaway Peninsula as part of the government's Rockaway Reformulation Study.
I'm also pleased to announce that with the support and work of Senator Schumer, this week FEMA has given the green light to Phase II of the Breezy Point Double Dune System and has allocated $2.9 for the work. These efforts will enhance protections against future storms and give families the safety and security we deserve.
Speaking Truth to Insurance Companies
Recently, I was invited to speak at the New York Insurance Association's 2015 Annual Conference in Saratoga, NY. I went with a simple message for the hundreds of insurance companies attending the three-day event: There must be accountability! I answered questions regarding my proposal to fix the broken FEMA-NFIP by creating the NY Flood Insurance Association that would reduce premiums and create a flood insurance system that works for our families in our time of greatest need.
VIDEO: Recognizing a Future Leader
After reading the great story about 10-year-old Rockaway resident Charlie Ciliberti and his passion for improving our neighborhood, I knew I had to recognize this future leader. Charlie and his whole family joined me up in Albany this week to receive an award for his tireless community advocacy. Charlie did not let me off the hook too easy... You can watch his hard-hitting interview by clicking on the video link above!