Photo Courtesy of Assemblywoman Pheffer Amato’s Office
Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato delivers remarks Friday at the “Together We Rise” event.
By Michael V. Cusenza
Hundreds gathered at 86th Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard on Friday for some summer drinks, food, fun—and a serious conversation on how to truly bridge the gap and move forward as one World’s Borough—at the Far Rockaway Colts flag football team’s “Together We Rise” community event.
The Colts are funded by the Neighborhood Community Schools Initiative, which works in conjunction with the NYPD and the City Department of Education; the DOE recommends students to work and be mentored by NYPD officers.
According to Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Howard Beach), the NCSI began three years ago in the 23rd Assembly District and has been hugely successful in helping troubled students get on a better path both in school and in their social lives. Friday’s “Together We Rise” event served as an opportunity for Rockaway’s youth and officers to come together to speak to one another and have a real discussion on how to move forward… together.
Pheffer Amato attended the event and donated food.
“The NCSI program offers a tremendous resource to families and children within my district who are struggling, and I commend the NYPD for their work in strengthening community ties,” the assemblywoman added. “Programs like this are so vital in fostering trust between our youngest members of society and the police and I am proud to support any opportunity to build those bridges, especially at the ‘Together We Rise’ event this past week! I want to thank Detective Blanc, Sergeant Bowen, Lieutenant Moody, and all of the officers from the 101st Precinct who volunteer their time to help these families.”