Saturday, January 24, 2015

NWS - Updated Winter Weather Advisory


Event:Winter Weather Advisory
Alert:
...STORM ENDING AS A BAND OF SNOW THIS AFTERNOON INTO EARLY 
EVENING... 
 
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM EST THIS 
EVENING... 
 
* LOCATIONS...NEW YORK CITY...AND EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE LOWER 
HUDSON VALLEY. 
 
* HAZARD TYPES...A DEVELOPING BAND OF SNOW LATE THIS AFTERNOON. 
 
* ACCUMULATIONS...AN ADDITIONAL COATING TO ONE INCH OF 
SNOW...WORST CASE OF TWO INCHES. THERE IS SOME UNCERTAINTY IF 
THE BAND DEVELOPS OVER THE AREA OR JUST EAST. 
 
* TIMING...A BRIEF PERIOD OF SNOW WILL DEVELOP LATE THIS 
AFTERNOON. THE SNOW COULD BE BRIEFLY MODERATE. 
 
* TEMPERATURES...IN THE LOWER TO MID 30S. 
 
* IMPACTS...SLIPPERY TRAVEL CONDITIONS AND REDUCED VISBILITIES.

NWS issues Special Weather Statement


Event:Special Weather Statement
Alert:
...AREAS OF BLACK ICE SUNDAY MORNING... 
 
AREAS OF BLACK ICE ARE POSSIBLE AFTER MIDNIGHT INTO EARLY SUNDAY 
MORNING ON UNTREATED SURFACES AS TEMPERATURES FALL TO JUST BELOW 
FREEZING. MELTED SNOW FROM THIS MORNING`S STORM MAY REFREEZE 
CREATING HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS ON SURFACES THAT HAVE BEEN CLEARED 
OF SNOW...BUT UNTREATED FOR ICE.
Instructions:
Target Area:
Bronx
Kings (Brooklyn)
New York (Manhattan)
Northern Queens
Richmond (Staten Is.)
Southern Queens

Friday, January 23, 2015

News from Assemblyman Goldfeder


January 23, 2015
 
In This Issue
A Transit Vision for Queens
Flood Insurance Help
Supporting our Veterans
Power for the Marine Parkway Bridge
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Office Locations

Ozone Park  
108-14 Crossbay Blvd
Ozone Park, NY
11417
718-641-8755

Rockaway Beach
214 Beach 96th Street
Rockaway Beach, NY 11693
 718-945-9550 

Albany Office
LOB 834
Albany, NY 12248
518-455-4292

   Quick Links
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Dear Neighbor, 
In his State of the State Address, Governor Cuomo laid out a sweeping vision for building new transit links to our local airports. To make this plan a reality, we need to take advantage of infrastructure already in place.

We can quickly create a true north-south rail link in Queens by investing in our existing rights-of-way and restoring the Rockaway Beach Rail Line. Reactivating this train line is the best and most cost-effective way to boost economic activity for our local small businesses, create real access to our airports, and improve transit options for thousands of Queens families and every resident of New York City.

I look forward to working with the Governor and my colleagues to provide real funding for the restoration of the Rockaway Beach Rail Line and truly prepare our community, city and state for the successful future our families deserve.

You can stay up to date with community news and daily updates by following me on Facebook and Twitter.  
 
Stay Strong,
FEMA, Sandy, CRS, de Blasio

Lowering Flood Insurance Rates  
It has been over 2 years since Sandy devastated our community and as many families are still struggling to recover, they should not have to be burdened by the cost of rising flood insurance. FEMA has a program called the Community Rating System (CRS) that can save homeowners up to 45% on their rates by encouraging communities to take simple steps to mitigate flood risks. I have asked Mayor de Blasio to explore this option immediately and hopefully give families the relief and peace of mind they deserve.  
Veteran
Saving Veterans' Pensions    
Military service can and should be credited towards state retirement plans. However, veterans who did not see combat, including the thousands of women barred from combat roles, are excluded. That's why I've sponsored a bill that will allow state employees who served in our military during peace time to credit their service towards their state pensions. This bill will ensure that all of our heroes receive the benefits they are entitled to, regardless of when or how they served our country.  
A Victory for Commuters
When a power outage at the Marine Parkway Bridge stranded motorists for hours last November, I called for accountability from the MTA and Con Edison. Like so many in the community, I was outraged that the bridge didn't have generators in place to power its mechanical roadway in emergencies. Now, thanks to action from the MTA, permanent back-up generators have been installed at the bridge and our community is now more prepared and resilient for the future. 

NWS issues Winter Weather Advisory


Event:Winter Weather Advisory
Alert:
...A WINTRY MIX FOR SATURDAY... 
 
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT 
TONIGHT TO 6 PM EST SATURDAY... 
 
* LOCATIONS...NEW YORK CITY...WESTERN AND CENTRAL LONG ISLAND AND 
PORTIONS OF PORTIONS OF NORTHEASTERN NEW JERSEY. 
 
* HAZARD TYPES...SNOW AND ICE. 
 
* ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 2 TO 5 INCHES...ALONG WITH 
A FEW HUNDREDTHS OF AN INCH OF ICE. HIGHER SNOW AND ICE 
ACCUMULATIONS ACROSS NORTH AND WESTERN PORTIONS OF LONG 
ISLAND...NORTHERN PORTIONS OF NYC METRO AND NORTHEASTERN NEW 
JERSEY. 
 
* VISIBILITY...ONE QUARTER MILE OR LESS AT TIMES EARLY SATURDAY 
MORNING. 
 
* SNOWFALL RATES...1 INCH PER HOUR EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. 
 
* TIMING...SNOW BEGINS LATE TONIGHT. SNOW WILL BECOME MODERATE TO 
HEAVY EARLY SATURDAY MORNING...THEN MIX WITH AND CHANGE TO SLEET 
AND FREEZING RAIN AND RAIN AROUND OR SOON AFTER DAYBREAK. PRECIP 
SHOULD CHANGE TO MAINLY SLEET AND RAIN BY MID TO LATE MORNING 
AND THEN MAY GRADUALLY CHANGE BACK TO SNOW LATE SATURDAY 
AFTERNOON BEFORE ENDING IN THE EVENING. 
 
* IMPACTS...HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS DUE TO REDUCED 
VISBILITIES AND SNOW/ICE COVERED ROADS.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Broad Channel Bits



By Dan Guarino

Last Friday, Jan. 16, I was on the east side of Cross Bay watching a moving van on West 16th Road. It was 8:30 in the morning. I was just coming back from working at The Wave.
Couldn’t tell if they were moving in, moving out or just moving stuff around. I would have gone over and taken a closer look, but I didn’t think it was a good idea to dodge traffic at that busy hour of the morning. Plus I certainly didn’t want to look, ahem, “overly inquisitive” in Broad Channel!
Anyhow, if you’re moving in on West 16th, welcome to the neighborhood!
Well, there are a few happenings around the Channel that you’ll want to know about and come out for.
Roll up your sleeves! There is a blood drive this Sunday, Jan. 25, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Camillus’ Springman Hall, at 180 Beach 100 St. Walkins welcome. Need more information? Call 718-634-8229.
By the way, many will be pleased to know that the heat was working again at St. Virgilius last weekend and Masses were once again held at the church. St. C, our sister parish, provided space when the St. Virgilius pipes were frozen.
BCAC baseball registration is going on now. Stop by the BCAC Clubhouse at 125 Cross Bay Blvd. on Saturdays, Jan. 24, 31, Feb. 7 and Sunday, Feb. 1, 8; from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration will also be open on Wednesday nights from 7 to 11 p.m. on Jan. 28, Feb. 11 and 25.
Fees for CYO baseball and softball are $125 per child. Little League and T-Ball are $75 per child. There will be discounts for families with three or more children registering. The first two children will be regular price; each additional child will be $50 for CYO and $25 for in-house teams. Please make checks payable to the BCAC. No cash please. There will be a $25 late fee for registrations after Feb. 25. The Boys CYO PROGRAM is for 3rd grade and up. The Girls CYO program is for 2nd grade and up. For Little League ages are 3 and up (must turn 3 in 2014). That includes T-Ball, Farm, Softball and Minor Divisions. Find more info at WWW.BCAC NY.com.
You’re going to be hearing a lot about Relay For Life. The big event on May 16 will be the 24 round-theclock walk to support the American Cancer Society. But the Relay For Life of Broad Channel, Breezy and the Rockaways teams are already working hard to raise funds and encourage people to join in for this good cause.
They’re hosting a free kickoff party this Sunday, Jan. 25. Everyone is invited to this complimentary event just across the bridge at the Knights of Columbus, 333 Beach 90th St. from 1 to 5 p.m. Refreshments and appetizers will be served, and a cash bar will be available.
“We invite you to make a difference and help us provide hope to patients, families and friends coping with cancer…,” the e-vitiation says. “Join us for (the) kick-off party…and learn more about how you can become a team captain and participate.”
They have been doing fundraising events in the Channel and elsewhere for months now. Stop in, have some fun and see what they are about. One fundraiser you’ll want to sign up for now is PaintNite on Thursday, Feb. 26. Tickets are going very fast. Broad Channel’s talented Jennifer Porcheddu will lead the event at the BCAC Clubhouse from 6 p.m. You don’t have to be a painter to enjoy one of these fun nights.
Jennifer explains, “The Relay for Life is an overnight walk to raise funds and awareness for a cure for cancer. We don’t sleep because cancer doesn’t sleep. It’s an inspirational night dedicated to hope. We come together to celebrate those who are fighting their battle and honoring those who lost their fight. Our three teams, Got Hope?, Debbie’s Dream Team and My Ladies are determined to find a cure. Help us finish the fight. All proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society.”
You can bring your own snacks and beverages to this adults only 21 and over event. Or help support theBCAC by purchasing snacks and beverage there. 50/50s will also be sold.
Come out, have a great time, support and Rock LLS at Grassy’s from 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6. Hosted by our own Mason Porretto and Kristen Kim, the night will feature great live music from local bands the Poorhouse, Walker and the Brother of the Grape, and Mr. Big Deal plus sounds to shake by from DJ Dan.
Coming from ‘out of town’? The Grassy Point Bar and Grill is at 18-02 Cross Bay Blvd. in BC.
There will be fun bar games and raffles and all proceeds go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Kristen will be running a NYC 1/2 marathon for LLS in March.
This one little island sure packs a lot of good works and good will. Come, support and enjoy!
Hey, the BC Vollies are holding their 110th Anniversary Dance on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. at the American Legion. Tickets are $45.
Also get in on the BCVFD 3rd Annual Getaway Raffle, with an overnight stayata5starhotel,dinnerinafine restaurant and Broadway show tickets.
When to go is entirely up to the winner! No dates are set and the reservations are fluid. Tickets are only $10! Contact Chief McIntyre at 347-678- 5857 or Daniel.McIntyre@nyct.com, call the Firehouse at 718-474-6888 or got to the BCVFD Facebook page.
Finally Charles Whalen posted the following on Jan. 14: “Sorry to report George Chamberlain passed away. A true Broad Channel legend and friend. RIP George.” He will be missed by his family, friends and his Broad Channel community.
Got BC news? Send it to workingstories@aol.com.
Thanks for reading
.

RockawayTimes online edition (Thursday, January 22nd)


NWS - Hazardous Weather Outlok [upated]


Hazardous Weather Outlook


HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW YORK NY
THU JAN 22 2015

CTZ005-009>012-NJZ002-004-006-103>108-NYZ067>075-078>081-176>179-
232130-
NORTHERN FAIRFIELD-SOUTHERN FAIRFIELD-SOUTHERN NEW HAVEN-
SOUTHERN MIDDLESEX-SOUTHERN NEW LONDON-WESTERN PASSAIC-
EASTERN PASSAIC-HUDSON-WESTERN BERGEN-EASTERN BERGEN-WESTERN ESSEX-
EASTERN ESSEX-WESTERN UNION-EASTERN UNION-ORANGE-PUTNAM-ROCKLAND-
NORTHERN WESTCHESTER-SOUTHERN WESTCHESTER-NEW YORK (MANHATTAN)-BRONX-
RICHMOND (STATEN ISLAND)-KINGS (BROOKLYN)-NORTHWESTERN SUFFOLK-
NORTHEASTERN SUFFOLK-SOUTHWESTERN SUFFOLK-SOUTHEASTERN SUFFOLK-
NORTHERN QUEENS-NORTHERN NASSAU-SOUTHERN QUEENS-SOUTHERN NASSAU-
422 PM EST THU JAN 22 2015

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR SOUTHERN
CONNECTICUT...NORTHEAST NEW JERSEY AND SOUTHEAST NEW YORK.

A RAPIDLY DEEPENING COASTAL LOW WILL EMERGE FROM THE EASTERN GULF
OF MEXICO FRIDAY NIGHT AND THEN TRACK NORTHEAST ALONG THE EASTERN
SEABOARD ON SATURDAY...PASSING SOUTH AND EAST OF LONG ISLAND
SATURDAY EVENING. THIS WILL BE A FAST MOVING SYSTEM WITH THE
POTENTIAL FOR 2 TO 5 INCHES OF SNOW AND UP TO A TENTH OF AN INCH
OF ICE. STAY TUNED...AS THERE IS STILL SOME UNCERTAINTY WITH THE
PRECIPITATION TYPE AND AMOUNTS DUE TO THE STORM TRACK AND
INTENSITY.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Build it Back plans workforce expansion

January 20, 2015


The city is stepping up initiatives to increase local hiring in the Sandy-recovery Build It Back program which helped bring back this house on Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel.
In mid-December Build It Back announced it was increasing construction capacity in Queens, Staten Island and Brooklyn and stepping up local hiring for recovery construction, which was issued by the city Department of Design and Construction and the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery.
According to a spokesman, the Department of Design and Housing Recovery are issuing a new procurement for construction management and design firms that will greatly expand this construction and there will be separate competitions for new construction managers in all three boroughs. Local hiring will include construction apprenticeship programs and jobs.
Construction managers are encouraged to work with community groups and job training programs to identify candidates for construction-related work and required to register all job opportunities with Sandy Recovery Workforce 1, a first look job pipeline jointly managed by Housing Recovery and small business services.
“This procurement also marks a renewed commitment to local hiring on recovery projects, increasing social and economic resiliency in Sandy-affected communities through substantial workforce investment,” the HRO spokesman said. “The new hiring and contracts will go into place in the spring 2015.”
A pre-proposal conference for requests for proposals was held Dec. 19 in Long Island City and all applications were due by Jan. 8. The conference addressed an estimated total rehabilitation of 1,250 construction projects in Queens and 950 total elevations of dwellings. The neighborhoods include Edgemere, Far Rockaway-Bayswater, Hamilton Beach, Old Howard Beach, Rockaway Beach and Rockaway Park.
Amy Peterson, director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery, believes that since the mayor’s overhaul, this has been a year of significant progress.
“We expect the onboarding of new construction firms who will deploy new strategies to target entire neighborhoods, which will continue to accelerate the city’s Sandy recovery,” Peterson said. “We have also broadened the channels of communication by making regular visits to community meetings and participating in the Queens Sandy Recovery Task Force led by Borough President Melinda Katz.”
According to Feniosky Pena-Mora, commissioner of DDC, the department is excited to participate in the city’s Housing Recovery program by expanding the capacity of the city to get affected residents back in their homes.
“By contracting with large fully integrated construction management and design teams, we are hoping to provide innovative design and construction strategies to build back these neighborhoods to make them stronger and more resilient before any future events,” Pena-Mora said.

Weekly Construction Bulletin (January 19th - 23rd, 2015)


Goldfeder to Mayor: Save Us from Drowning in Flood Insurance Bills


Assemblyman urges City Hall to enroll in FEMA Community Rating System Program to lower homeowner flood insurance rates 

Enrolled Communities can reduce National Flood Insurance Program rates up to 45% through community programs and awareness campaigns 


Howard Beach, Queens - With many families still struggling to recover from Superstorm Sandy and with federally-backed home flood insurance rates scheduled to rise drastically in the coming years, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D - Howard Beach) is calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to enroll New York City in FEMA's Community Rating System (CRS) Program to help reduce flood insurance premiums for thousands of affected families. Communities enrolled in CRS can reduce household premiums by up to 45% through community awareness programs and other city-wide mitigation efforts. 

"Too many families in southern Queens and Rockaway are drowning in debt as they struggle to recover from Superstorm Sandy. With flood insurance rates continuing to rise, now is the time to take advantage of programs already in place that can help reduce costs," said Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder. "That's why I urge Mayor de Blasio to enroll New York City in the Community Rating System (CRS) and provide some much-needed relief to our families."

In a letter to Mayor de Blasio, Goldfeder called on the city to join the CRS program. Goldfeder explained that approximately 85% of his district, including his own home and district office, was affected by Superstorm Sandy. He noted that the increase in flood insurance premiums in recent years could have devastating consequences for our families and that many have expressed concern over the ability to pay their bills.

"Right now I'm paying $2,400 in flood insurance premiums and my rates just keep going up," said Allen Goldberg, a Rockaway Park resident of 20 years. "Reducing my premium would mean being able to keep my home and hopefully retire someday." 

"I have two children in catholic school. Between paying tuition and covering my family's expenses, it becomes a real burden to give $2,000 lump-sum to FEMA every year." said Patricia Mastronardi of Howard Beach. "I've gotten to the point where I would consider leaving the community just to save the money."

According to FEMA, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS) is a voluntary program implemented in 1990 to encourage flood-prone communities to take additional steps to mitigate flood risks faced by home owners. Participating CRS communities can reduce flood insurance premium rates in 5% increments (up to 45%) by completing any of 18 creditable activities falling into four categories: public information, mapping and regulations, flood damage reductions, flood preparedness. These activities can range from meeting minimum flood elevation requirements for new constructions, to making flood maps and protective measures available to residents via municipal websites or at public libraries. 

Municipalities can apply for the CRS program by sending a formal letter of intent from the mayor or chief executive to FEMA to request inclusion in the program. FEMA would then work with the community to ensure necessary compliance with minimal flood mitigation requirements for the program. Currently, nearly one hundred Sandy-impacted municipalities throughout New York State and New Jersey are already enrolled in the CRS program. According to FEMA, some of these communities are already seeing flood insurance premiums reduced by a quarter, translating to millions in savings for homeowners. 

Last year, Assemblyman Goldfeder joined his counterparts in Washington, D.C. to urge Congress act to protect families from the effects of the Biggert-Waters Act, which intended to cut subsidies to NFIP-backed premiums and substantially raise rates paid by homeowners. As a result, Congress passed the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014, which President Obama later signed into law. This law amended provisions of Biggert-Waters by delaying its full implementation, raising many homeowners' rates by as little as 5% a year, and capping increases in flood insurance rates at 18% annually until premiums reached full-risk rates. However, this law would require reauthorization to continue to delay the full effects of Biggert-Waters, leaving many homeowners worried about the potential for greater increases in premiums in the future. 

"I was born and raised in Rockaway and now my wife and I are raising our children here. I'd hate to think that our children might not be able to afford the neighborhood because of the extremely high cost of flood insurance,"concluded Goldfeder. "We must ensure that all our families can continue to afford living in the neighborhoods we know and love."