Y. Phillip Goldfeder of the mayor's Community Assistance Unit gave a brief speech about PlaNYC, Mayor Bloomberg's initiative to create a sustainable city by 2030. Goldfeder said he would be back to announce town hall meetings that will be held in Queens. "I urge you to get involved because this is the time," he said, adding that Rockaway is a unique community with unique needs. For more information on PlaNYC call 311 or go to www. NYC.gov/2030.
|Daniel Stroke (standing at right) speaks in opposition to a new funeral home set to open on Beach 72 Street and Gouverneur Avenue, which is across the street from his home. The zoning for the property, formerly the site of a church, allows a funeral home as-of-right, but Community Board officials said they were checking into the business' permits and licensing. Community Board 14 member Jeff Cohen chides Goldfeder, who was inviting community members to get involved with Bloomberg's sustainable city initiative, PlaNYC. "I've been here 25 years and I can't get anything done," Cohen exclaimed, which brought laughs from the audience and fellow board members. Representatives from Arverne By The Sea, including Gerard "Gerry" Romski (holding microphone) gave audience members an update on road closures, the composition of its workforce, the charter school, plans for the YMCA facility and the proposed marina. Board member Vince Castellano (not shown) asked the board to call the 100 Precinct as an outspoken audience member, Alex Wright (also not shown), took issue with ABTS' hiring practices. The police were not called. |