Councilmen Attend CB 14 Meeting
By Gary G. Toms
The monthly meeting of Community Board 14 was held this past week, and a number of items were addressed by its members. The following is a brief overview of some of the tropics that were discussed.
The WTC Memorial Site – The site for the World Trade Center Memorial will likely be the base of Beach 116 Street and Beach Channel Drive. The community board has reached out to the Parks Department to get the greenlight from them. The board is hopeful that the department will comply.
"Arverne By The Sea"- The developers for the project will be at the March 12 meeting of the community board to hear any questions, comments or concerns from local residents. Members of the Rockaway community who want to learn more about this grand project are urged to attend.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) is moving forward with a new program to place bike racks at different locations in the Rockaway area.
In response to a notice from District 27 Superintendent, Matt Bromme, letters have been submitted to the DOT by the community board to address the issue of safety and reckless driving in and around P.S. 106.
The Tri-Borough Bridge and Tunnel Authority has announced that they will be accepting applications for the position of toll collector. The position pays $80 a day, and the jobs are both seasonal (summer) and temporary (one year). Selection is based on a lottery system, but many are urged to apply because many workers in the process of retiring. The position is open to all ages.
A TBTA spokesman was on hand to note that people have experienced problems with their E-Z pass tags because some of the tags are malfunctioning, and the TBTA is not sure why. In any case, the representative stated that if you are experiencing problems with your E-Z pass, you can contact them and they will send you a replacement tag. However, you should not expect the tags to arrive right away. The TBTA also stresses that all tags should be mounted on your vehicle.
With regard to the Marine Parkway Bride reconstruction project, the TBTA spokesman had good news.
"Reconstruction of the Marine Parkway Bridge is within budget, and all four lanes should be open by Memorial Day," he said.
The overhaul includes reinforced concrete structures, resurfacing, and repainting.
Councilmen James Sanders, Jr. and Joseph Addabbo, Jr. stopped by the community board meeting to show their support for the board and the community.
"I will do whatever I can to make things better for my community. I may not get things done quickly, but I intend to do all that I can to make conditions better in Rockaway," said Sanders.
His colleague from District 32, Joseph Addabbo, Jr., also spoke to the attendees, and made it clear that he intended to fight for them in City Hall.
"I want to say how happy I am to be here, and I will do all that I can to make sure I bring home the bacon to Rockaway. Thank you," stated Addabbo.