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]
Last week, over a hundred residents of Arverne by the Sea and from across Rockaway attended a forum that I hosted to discuss beach access in Rockaway. The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss community concerns and begin a dialogue about making Rockaway stronger for homeowners and visitors alike.
This public forum demonstrated that there is common ground in wanting to find a solution to beach access that has the needs and interests of every family and visitor in mind. We should have additional lifeguards to increase swimming beaches AND expand surfing beaches to provide a safe environment for everyone. I will continue to fight for families in Rockaway to ensure that everyone has a place to enjoy along our 10 miles of beach.
Whether it's swimming, surfing or any other issue, we have always been strongest when we work together as one community, neighbor helping neighbor. That is my number one goal and I am committed to working so that we can always remain #OneRockaway #OneCommunity.
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Cleaning Up Liberty Avenue
Recently, I was contacted by a number of families and local businesses concerned with the amount of construction materials stored on Liberty Avenue as part of station work being done on the A train. The large storage containers and piles of equipment are blocking valuable parking spaces and creating an unsafe driving situation for those traveling on the roadway. The NYPD has already reported 5 accidents so far this year at 84th Street and Liberty Ave. I have urged NYC Transit to remove the equipment as soon as possible to keep our drivers safe and ease problems for homeowners and local businesses.
Improving Parking Around JFK
For too long, families in southern Queens have been forced to endure JFK airport employees and travelers using local residential streets as their own free parking lot. Recently, I teamed with Councilman Ulrich to send letters to the top ten major passenger and freight airline companies at JFK urging their employees to be better neighbors and curb this practice. We're also meeting next week with Transportation Security Administration (TSA) representatives to find ways that the federal agency and its agents can improve the situation. JFK is a part of our community and they must take steps to be a good neighbor and help maintain the quality of life our families deserve.
Rain Barrel Giveaway a Huge Success
Our Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Rain Barrel Giveaway was an overwhelming success! I joined Senator Addabbo in giving out 240 barrels in just a matter of hours. I want to thank DEP for organizing and the American Legion Post 1404 in Broad Channel for opening their doors. If you weren't able to pre-register in time to get a barrel, please stay tuned for announcements on future giveaways.