2006-04-07 / Community

Chamber Hosts 'Summer Issues'Meeting;Only A Handful Of Business Owners Show


The Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways held its annual "Summer Issues for the Rockaway Business Districts" meeting at the Beach Club Wednesday night, but only a handful of business owners showed up to meet face-to-face with reps from the Chamber, the NYPD and the Department of Transportation. Photo, from l to r: Police Officer Matt Fontaine, Chamber President John Lepore, Community Affairs Officer Louis Brust, Chamber Executive Director Joanie Omeste, Department of Transportation Queens Commissioner Maura McCarthy and Captain Charles Neacy, the Commanding Officer of the 100 Precinct. The Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways held its annual "Summer Issues for the Rockaway Business Districts" meeting at the Beach Club Wednesday night, but only a handful of business owners showed up to meet face-to-face with reps from the Chamber, the NYPD and the Department of Transportation. Photo, from l to r: Police Officer Matt Fontaine, Chamber President John Lepore, Community Affairs Officer Louis Brust, Chamber Executive Director Joanie Omeste, Department of Transportation Queens Commissioner Maura McCarthy and Captain Charles Neacy, the Commanding Officer of the 100 Precinct. Lew M. Simon, Democratic District Leader, l, meets Maura McCarthy, the Department of Transportation's new Queens Commissioner, in person for the first time. Simon, who has already called McCarthy several times in her first few weeks in her new position, talked about several DOT issues with the commissioner and Noni Signoretti, co-owner of Brown's Hardware, center. Lew M. Simon, Democratic District Leader, l, meets Maura McCarthy, the Department of Transportation's new Queens Commissioner, in person for the first time. Simon, who has already called McCarthy several times in her first few weeks in her new position, talked about several DOT issues with the commissioner and Noni Signoretti, co-owner of Brown's Hardware, center. Grant Held, Director at Ocean Grande, stands with Sandee Doremus, who represented City Councilman Joseph Addabbo Jr. Fresh off vacation, Held gave everyone an update on his luxury condo project: Eighty percent of the units are sold; buyers will begin moving in about two months from now; besides the views and the amenities, prospective buyers also like the idea of looking out on the Flight 587 memorial (instead of buses idling in the old traffic turnaround), and they like that the 100 Precinct is the "safest residential precinct in New York City" (second overall to Central Park). Grant Held, Director at Ocean Grande, stands with Sandee Doremus, who represented City Councilman Joseph Addabbo Jr. Fresh off vacation, Held gave everyone an update on his luxury condo project: Eighty percent of the units are sold; buyers will begin moving in about two months from now; besides the views and the amenities, prospective buyers also like the idea of looking out on the Flight 587 memorial (instead of buses idling in the old traffic turnaround), and they like that the 100 Precinct is the "safest residential precinct in New York City" (second overall to Central Park). Chamber Executive Director Joanie Omeste and Captain Charles Neacy remained upbeat despite the low turnout. Later, Omeste admitted she was disappointed that the program, which was supposed to include discussions of crime prevention, policing, graffiti and parking, was scrapped. Community Affairs Officer Louis Brust said it was a good sign, though: "People show up when they have a lot to complain about." Instead, casual conversations about local issues in ensued. Chamber Executive Director Joanie Omeste and Captain Charles Neacy remained upbeat despite the low turnout. Later, Omeste admitted she was disappointed that the program, which was supposed to include discussions of crime prevention, policing, graffiti and parking, was scrapped. Community Affairs Officer Louis Brust said it was a good sign, though: "People show up when they have a lot to complain about." Instead, casual conversations about local issues in ensued.

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