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Peninsula Residents Share Concerns At Town Hall

Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
by Todd Muller   “Devastated” was the most used word at the Town Hall meeting held by United States Representative Gregory Meeks at the Rockaway Peninsula YMCA on Monday night, March 13. In reaction to the actions of the Trump Administration, folks from Rockaway Park, Broad Channel, Far Rockaway, South Ozone Park, and Jamaica shared their fears that “devastated” would soon describe their whole lives: their health, their wealth, their shelter, their loved ones, the very ground on which they stand. While this kind of dire language can be typical at Town Halls, some of which have been pandemonium lately, even Representative Meeks, who did what he could to allay his constituents’ fear and anxiety, seemed daunted. “It’s rough,” he testified in his opening remarks. The me

Congressman Updates Community Leaders on Trumps First Months Actions

Far Rockaway, In Depth Reporting, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Within the first month of his Presidency, Donald Trump’s executive orders have halted the travel of immigrants, prompted angry protests and stirred fears and concerns about health care across America.  Republican congressional leaders have been facing outrage and anger from their constituents in contentious town halls on their return home.  Congressman Gregory Meeks (Democrat), in his return from DC, held a series of immigration and health care town halls during the first week of March.  In addition, he held an update meeting for community leaders and clergy.  “There are so many things going on, I don’t know where to start,” said the Congressman.  “Every day I wake up, seems to be something else.”  The Congressman had a robust list of update items
Immigration and Health Care Town Halls

Immigration and Health Care Town Halls

Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Why should Republican Representatives take all the heat?  In recent weeks, Republican Congressional Representatives have been hosting town halls that have become heated.  Voters who put President Trump in office are now concerned about the changes he has been making and how it will affect their lives.  There is particular concern surrounding immigrants, travel bans and the affordable health care act. Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-5th District) will be hosting a series of town halls and update meetings throughout his District.  Topics include overall updates from Congress and  immigration.   See below for a listing of the upcoming forums and when Congressman Gregory Meeks. will be stopping by your area.  Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 6:30PM until ...

Technology…Empowering Today’s Entrepreneurs

Central Brooklyn, Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
“This is an exciting time to start and run a business,” said Tony Rodoni, Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales at Salesforce. “Businesses need less capital, and using technology, [they] can make their business look bigger.” Salesforce is a cloud computing company that specializes in customer relationship management and web marketing products. The company teamed up with Best for NYC and other NYC business organizations for a Small Business Basecamp. The Basecamp was a one day pop-up event. Business owners and entrepreneurs were able to receive one on one advice on growing their business and attend workshops and panel discussions geared towards business success. They heard from business leaders, mix, mingled, networked and receive a first hand look on how today’s technology can h

Monthly MetroCard Fares Increase Single ride remains $2.75

Central Brooklyn, Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
After a series of public hearings, the MTA (Metropolitan Transit Authority) Board voted Wednesday to keep the price of a single ride at $2.75.  However, the costs of monthly and seven day passes will increase.  Starting March 19, 7-day passes will cost and extra dollar at $32.  Unlimited monthly passes will be $121 which is a 4% increase from its current cost of $116.50.  Seven day express bus and unlimited subway passes will increase to $59.50. 

Serve on a Community Board!

Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Its time to be the change you want to see!  The Queens Borough President is accepting applications to serve on the boroughs Community Boards.  There are 14 community boards in Queens and three which serve Southeast Queens and Far Rockaway  (#12, 13, 14).  Members are nonsalaried and serve two year terms.  Appointments are made by Borough President, many of which are appointees nominated by City Council Members.  The deadline for returning applications is January 27.  The new two year term begins April 1, 2017. Download the application here.   For more information or to contact the Queens Borough President call 718-286-2900.
Mulchfest 2017 – Here’s what to do with your holiday tree

Mulchfest 2017 – Here’s what to do with your holiday tree

Central Brooklyn, Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
'It was the season.   Now its time to recycle those Christmas trees and make way for the new year. Mulchfest, the annual recycling of trees begins Saturday, December 31, 2016 and continues through Sunday, January 8, 2017.  Individuals can drop off their tree at various NYC parks in the five boroughs.  Roy Wilkins and Brookville Parks will again be participating sites.  Click here for a full list of sites.  Brookville Park will also be a site for chipping.  On January 7th and 8th, chipping locations will collect trees and individual can pick up their very own bag of mulch. The NYC Department of Sanitation will also be conducting curbside collections of trees from Tuesday, January 3, 2017 to Saturday, January 14, 2017 Remember to remove all lights...

NYPD Accident Reports Now Available Online!

Categories, Central Brooklyn, Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
Hallelujah! Drivers involved in collisions can now obtain copies of their reports electronically and with no fee.  The new portal is thanks to the NYPD and City Council which introduced legislation which mandated the NYPD provide individuals access to reports online and immediately upon its preparation.     Previously, individuals had to appear in person at the precinct where the collision occurred in order to obtain a copy of their report.  The process was often inconvenient and involved setting aside a large portion of time.    Thanks to today’s technology, officers can take reports electronically at the scene.  This allows for the report to be processed in a timely fashion.  Affected parties can obtain their paperwork faster and easier as
Addabbo Health Center is Expanding

Addabbo Health Center is Expanding

Far Rockaway, Neighborhoods, News
It’s growing! The Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center (FHC) in Arverne announced its upcoming expansion on November 15. The site, which sits on Beach Channel Drive at Beach 62nd Street, is adjacent to vacant space. In the past, Addabbo FHC has used the space to host health fairs and for community outreach. With the expansion, the Center will look to increase its exam room capacity by 50% allowing them to increase its annual patient intake by over 24,000 new visitors. The Rockaway Peninsula is home to one hospital, St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, located on the Eastern end of the island at Beach 19th Street. In 2012, the Peninsula Hospital Center shutdown. Having only one hospital makes the need for other health outlets even more critical. Maria Springer Torres, who was in attendance
Congressman Asserts Trump Victory was Minor, Gives Update and Next Steps

Congressman Asserts Trump Victory was Minor, Gives Update and Next Steps

Far Rockaway, In Depth Reporting, Neighborhoods, News, Southeast Queens Neighborhoods
On Monday November 28, Congressman Gregory Meeks hosted a breakfast convening civic, clergy and community for an assessment of the of the 2016 Presidential Election.  The goal was to understand what the results mean and to plot a forward direction. Donald Trump’s election win was deemed a surprise as most forecasters, pundits and pollsters predicted a Hillary Clinton win.  Although Hillary won the popular vote, Trump was able to secure the necessary electoral votes.  The Green Party has called for an election recount.  The Congressman doesn’t expect the recount to change the overall results of Trump being the 45th President.  While these types of breakfasts, typically bring together a good number of folks, this meeting was at capacity.  Prior to reading