Peter J. Mahon
April 13th, 2017
Truth be told there were some naysayers on the block who told us that we were "spinning our wheels and wasting our time " because the "City was not going to do anything to help us." When I would ask Al about this defeatist attitude among some our other neighbors he told me "If all you're gonna do is write some letters and hope for the best then you are wasting your time. You have to continually bother them with telephone calls, go meet with them, face to face, and become a royal pain in their ass! Sooner or later, they will get tired of hearing from you and give you what you want to shut you up!"
Sadly, one year after Sandy ravaged our community Al passed away back in October of 2013 and did not live to see fruits of his decades long efforts finally realized but all of us should remember that it was his continual sense of optimistic purpose and acerbic wit that finally got the ball moving with the Flood Mitigation Project (new bulkhead and street raising) that was completed earlier this month on both West 11th and 12th Roads in Broad Channel.
Thank you Al!