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]
Our community is fortunate to have dedicated local civic organizations like the Precinct Community Councils that work tirelessly with the NYPD to foster police-community partnerships and spread important information to keep our families safe. Every year these councils celebrate the National Night Out Against Crime to honor our brave men and women in blue and make local law enforcement accessible to all.
So, when the tireless Danny Ruscillo, president of the 100th Precinct Community Council, faced costly permits and needless red tape while trying to reserve a local high school's athletic fields to hold the event, I didn't hesitate to step in and help. I held a press conference and rally with my fellow elected officials, members of the 100th and 101st Precinct Community Councils, and local families to call on the Department of Education to do the right thing and ease restrictions without delay.
National Night Out Against Crime will be held on August 4th and the location is yet to be determined...stay tuned for details!
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Breezy Bill Extension Signed into Law
Governor Cuomo joined me and the community in Breezy Point to sign a bill that will ease Sandy recovery and rebuilding! This new law provides a 2-year extension to a bill I drafted after Sandy that eliminates bureaucratic and outdated building codes in Breezy Point. We have a long road ahead in our Sandy recovery and I will keep fighting until every family is safe and secure back in their own home!
VIDEO: Fighting the Summer Mosquito Plague
In May, I wrote to the city Department of Health (DOH) calling for mosquito spraying in Sandy-affected communities across southern Queens and Rockaway. DOH recently released their spraying schedule for this summer and the neighborhoods in zip code 11414 were not included. This area includes so many families in Lindenwood, Howard Beach, and Hamilton Beach suffering from growing mosquito populations that can transmit the deadly West Nile Virus.
ALL our families face regular flooding and numerous properties abandoned since Sandy that attract the breeding of these summer pests. This week, I contacted DOH Commissioner Mary Travis Bassett urging the city to correct this oversight and help ensure a healthy and enjoyable summer for everyone.(click the photo to view video).
Preparing for Hurricane Season
Recently teamed up with Emergency Management Commissioner Joe Esposito and his staff for the third installment of our successful storm preparedness roundtable series. During the day-long conference, representatives from over a dozen government agencies, non-profit groups and local civic associations met to discuss ways to better prepare our families and our city. Thank you to Commissioner Esposito and everyone in attendance for making storm preparedness a priority as we approach the upcoming hurricane season.