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]
This Sunday, August 9th I will be holding a rain barrel giveaway in partnership with Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Sen. Addabbo. These 60-gallon plastic barrels can be used to capture rain water to help reduce street flooding and sewer system overflows during heavy storms. You can also save money on your home water bills by using the stored rain water to water your garden or wash your car.
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Racing for Good Causes
It's been a busy week for Team Goldfeder! For the third year in a row, my staff and I joined hundreds of Rockaway families in running the Graybeards 5K Family Fun Run (I placed 2nd in my age group, in case you were wondering). Two days later, we jumped on our bikes for the 2nd Annual Loop, a 20-mile ride around Jamaica Bay to benefit NYFAC and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Last, but certainly not least, I completed a 180-mile tri-state bike ride to benefit Camp Simcha, an extraordinary overnight camp that gives children with cancer a vacation from sickness that restores their spirits and renews their determination to fight. I'm extremely grateful to everyone who sponsored my ride and helped contribute to this great cause!
Funding Better Transit Options
I recently wrote to MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast calling on the agency to apply for a new state transportation grant to fund a Rockaway Beach Rail Line feasibility study. The 2015 Passenger and Freight Rail Assistance Program provides up to $10 million in grants for commuter rail track rehabilitation, cost estimate reports and environmental impact studies. This grant would go a long way in demonstrating that reactivating the Rockaway Beach Rail Line is the quickest and most cost-effective way to expand transit options for hundreds of thousands of Queens families and improve the environment by taking cars off our busy roads.
VIDEO: National Night Out Against Crime
I'm proud to say that the 2015 National Night Out Against Crime was a great success. I joined hundreds of families and police officers from the 100th, 101st and 106th Precincts to enjoy an evening of fun and games at celebrations all across southern Queens and Rockaway. I even had the chance to sit in the dunk tank to support the 100th Precinct Community Council. Unfortunately for me, there were more than a few talented pitchers who were able to send me plunging into the tank. You can watch all the action by clicking on the photo above.