Category Archives: Broad Channel

Official Urges MTA to Clean Bridge Parking Lot

An area elected official this week sent a letter to Metropolitan Transportation Authority Bridges and Tunnels urging the agency to clean up what he called a blighted parking lot located on the Rockaway side of the Cross Bay Bridge linking Broad Channel with the peninsula. In a missive to Bridges and Tunnels President James Ferrara, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Howard Beach) wrote that the parking lot located at the southern end of the Cross Bay Bridge, between Cross Bay Parkway and … Continue reading

Jamaica Bay Project Garners Votes in Nationwide Contest

The Northeast Chapter of the American Littoral Society has been named a top ten finalist in Solution Search’s “Reducing Our Risk:  Innovation for Disaster Preparation” competition. Founded in 1961, the American Littoral Society is a non-profit dedicated to the preservation and protection of coastal environments and communities through education, community engagement, advocacy, and habitat restoration.  It is the organization’s Jamaica Bay Marsh Restoration Initiative that has captured the attention of Solution Search, an online effort to identify and champion the … Continue reading

City Officials Address Concerns at Property Tax Workshop

Dozens of south Queens residents and business owners braved single-digit temperatures on Monday night in the hopes of getting some answers to their property-tax questions at a Town Hall in Broad Channel. Convened by City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and hosted by the Broad Channel Civic Association and VFW Post 260, the workshop featured representatives from of the Tax Commission and city Department of Finance, who sat down individually with property owners to detail the process and address their … Continue reading

Addabbo Adds Environmental Conservation to Committee Assignments

State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Howard Beach) this week announced that he has been appointed to serve as a member of the Senate Standing Committee on Environmental Conservation. The new post will be added to Addabbo’s assignments to the Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, the Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee, and Senate committees on Education, Labor, Aging, and Civil Service. Addabbo called the latest assignment “a great opportunity to work even harder to protect and conserve the precious … Continue reading

Bring Property Tax Workshops to Sandy Communities: Goldfeder

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) this week asked the city Department of Finance to add additional workshops in Howard Beach and the Rockaways to accommodate Sandy-impacted homeowners concerned with their property taxes. According to the Finance website, two Notice of Property Value workshops and Tax Commission public briefings are scheduled for Queens—both in Jamaica later this month. In a letter to Finance Commissioner Jacques Jiha, Goldfeder urged the agency to schedule hearings in both Howard Beach and the Rockaways to … Continue reading

Even with Aid from FEMA Program, Dramatic Drop in Flood Insurance Rates Extremely Unlikely: City

Responding to a report in last week’s Forum detailing a federal program that could help reduce flood insurance rates in affected areas of the city, the de Blasio administration characterized possible dramatic discounts as extremely unlikely. Last week, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio, calling on him to enroll the city in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Community Rating System to help reduce flood insurance premiums for thousands of families. Communities enrolled in … Continue reading

FEMA Program Could Drastically Cut Homeowner Flood Insurance Rates

For residents of low-lying, flood-prone areas, there may be light on the water-logged horizon. That’s because a little-known Federal Emergency Management Agency program could help dramatically reduce flood insurance premiums for affected homeowners. Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Howard Beach) this week called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to enroll the city in FEMA’s Community Rating System to help reduce flood insurance premiums for thousands of families. Communities enrolled in CRS can reduce household premiums by up to 45 percent through community … Continue reading

Amendment 8 Plan Outlines How City Will Use Grant Money for Sandy Recovery

With the arrival of the third allocation of Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery funds—a little more than $994 million—the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency last week began to roll out the city’s strategy for how to use the money, and solicit public comment from residents and business owners. Every time the city receives additional CDBG-DR funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, it must update its Action Plan to describe how the funds will be … Continue reading

EDITORIAL: Sandy: Still Beating on Us, but Not Breaking Us Down

The Forum has spent the last couple of weeks reviewing 2014 and reflecting on some of the big stories that have impacted our community over the course of the year. As many do, we use the new year to look at what happened in our past and how it might affect our future. When we have the chance to actually see the year in articles and photographs, laid out before us in a distinct timeline, the perspective is somewhat enhanced. … Continue reading

Emergency Evacuation Route Signage to Get Overhaul

In October 2012, residents evacuating Superstorm Sandy were directed by emergency personnel to one area, while signs clearly indicated another.  Confusion ensued.  Those evacuation signs have not been updated since. This week the Office of Emergency Management announced the planned installation of new, corrected emergency evacuation route signage throughout southern Queens and Rockaway. The installation will be handled by the city’s Department of Transportation and is expected to occur before next summer. Last May, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) sent … Continue reading

Goldfeder ‘Deeply Disappointed’ with Funding of QueensWay Park Proposal

An area elected official this week said he was “deeply disappointed” with the state Regional Economic Development Council’s recent decision to grant funding for the QueensWay park proposal on the Rockaway Beach Rail Line right-of-way, but vowed to continue the fight to reactivate the abandoned line. Reacting to last Thursday’s news that the Trust for Public Land, a national non-profit organization working to create parks, had been tapped by the REDC to receive more than $443,000 to design the first … Continue reading

Broad Channel Wants Postal Facility

United States Senator Chuck Schumer and State Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder announced this week that they have sent a letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe urging the immediate installation of a new Contract Postal Unit, or CPU, in Broad Channel. This request comes after months of delays and multiple rounds of review of the original application to replace facilities destroyed during Hurricane Sandy. “Many families in Broad Channel are still not back in their homes following Superstorm Sandy and most still … Continue reading

DOT, MTA Continue to Engage Communities on Bus Rapid Transit Plans

The latest stop for the two agencies tasked with implementing Bus Rapid Transit in communities across the five boroughs was Borough Hall on Tuesday morning, where city Department of Transportation and New York City Transit Authority officials presented the possible plans for BRT along the Cross Bay Boulevard-Woodhaven Boulevard Corridor. Addressing the Borough Cabinet, Eric Beaton, DOT director of Transit Development, and Robert Thompson, manager of Long-Range Bus Planning at NYCTA, detailed the concept of BRT and how it might … Continue reading

Goldfeder Pushes Port Authority, Gets Noise Monitors

In a continuing effort to effectively monitor noise caused by planes flying in and out of JFK Airport, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has agreed to install additional sound monitors in Bayswater and Broad Channel, Queens.  Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Ozone Park) was aggressive in his pursuit of these monitors and wrote a letter to the FAA and Port Authority in September. Beyond the additional monitors, the Port Authority offers a tracking system on its website, so … Continue reading

Pols Push Law to Forgive FEMA Sandy Disaster-Relief Debts

  Federal elected officials, supported by state representatives, this week indicated that they would be drafting legislation to provide relief for Superstorm Sandy victims who are in debt to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Two years after the thoroughly destructive storm burst through parts of the city, including Howard Beach and the Rockaways, FEMA began issuing notices to some property owners to collect accidental overpayments. U.S. Rep. Greg Meeks (D-Jamaica) and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey) are leading a bipartisan … Continue reading