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]
After months of work, many late nights and more than a few cups of coffee, New York State has an agreement on a budget for 2016!
This year's budget includes support for every student and increased funding for safety and security at both public and non-public schools. We have also secured a much-needed tax break for our middle class families.
Most importantly, thanks to these negotiations, the MTA has committed to a feasibility study of the Rockaway Beach Rail Line. Every community agrees that reactivating the line is the best way to cut commute times, grow our economy, and improve the environment by taking thousands of cars off the road. I look forward to working with the MTA as they complete the study in 2017.
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Major Improvement at Aqueduct
For years, Resorts World has been a strong community partner and a major employer for our families. With this year's budget, the casino at Aqueduct is about to grow even bigger. I'm proud to announce we have approved the installation of 1,000 new video lottery terminals (VLTs) on top of the 5,000 slots currently in place. This will generate more revenue for our local schools and ensure Aqueduct's continued success for years to come. Resorts World is the perfect partner for responsible growth and community success, and Aqueduct is the perfect place to make that happen.
Albany's chokehold on Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is almost over! Last week, the Assembly voted to legalize the hugely popular sport. This will make MMA safer for both fighters and fans, as well as boost our local economy. You can watch me explain my vote by telling the story of Sarah and Chris Romulo of CROM Physical Culture, a thriving local gym that refuses to let Sandy or any other obstacle knock them down!