2000-02-26 / Columnists


Governor Pataki finally announced that the special election for Senator Al Waldon's seat will be held on March 28, 2000. Vying for the endorsement of the Democratic Party are Jo Ann Shapiro, Malcolm Smith, and Henry McCoy. Rumor has it that Malcolm Smith will also be receiving the Republican line. Cynthia Jenkins, a former assemblywoman, has petitions circulating to place her on the ballot under the Community First line.

Organizations working together for the common good. That's not heard of too often in Rockaway, but that's exactly what happened last week when the Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department assisted in the renovation of Rockaway's soup kitchen, The Claddagh, which plans to reopen in March with a full dining room to serve the needy of our community. The guys and gals of the BCVFD did a great job!

Out of the $600,000 designated for economic development of the Arverne-Edgemere area by HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo and Congressman Gregory Meeks, $300,000 will be given to the New York City Housing Authority for improvements to the public housing projects in that area. Housing Commissioner John Martinez called the funding "much-needed dollars."

Broad Channel Volunteer Fire Department is having its installation dinner-dance tonight, Saturday, February 26, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., at the American Legion Hall in Broad Channel. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Support our local volunteers--you'll never know when you or a family member might need their support.

Police did a superb job at resolving the riot last Saturday, February 19, at Beach Channel High School. Just to make it clear, the event being held had nothing to do with Beach Channels' administration, staff or students. An outside organization was renting the auditorium of the school for the afternoon when the riot broke out.

Ground has been broken on the Doppler Radar at Floyd Bennett Field. Oral arguments for a lawsuit against the installation will be heard in court on March 9, but it seems to be too little too late.

Tons of kids were seen playing in the newly renovated park on Shore Front parkway and Beach 107 street. The park looks great--we hope to see other parks throughout Rockaway improved.

A street light on the boardwalk at Beach 116 street (around the Sandbar restaurant), which has not worked in three years, is causing some locals to complain. Residents are saying that at night it is very dark without the light, creating a potentially dangerous situation.

Twenty-three more days to spring. We've been getting some teasers with the nice weather, but some are betting that we'll have another snowstorm before winter closes.

Starting Wednesday, March 1, consumers will save on clothing and footwear as the four-percent state sales tax is eliminated permanently on all items under $110.

The 100 Precinct is leading the City of New York in the greatest reduction of crime, at this point, with a 35 percent decrease. Captain Scirica and the men and women in blue continue to do a superb job.

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