2009-11-06 / Columnists

Beachcomber

For the first time in several months, Mayor Michael Bloom - berg pulled his campaign advertisement from The Wave's October 30 edition, right before the Nov - ember 3 election. We have to wonder why. Perhaps it's because we didn't endorse him and he can't stand anybody who doesn't give him what he perceives as his due.

West end residents have been complaining that the city is allowing too many curb cuts on the north-south streets. The problem seems to be that parking is a premium and a number of locals are either putting in new driveways or enlarging driveways that al - ready exist. This severely reduces the amount of parking available for visitors and residents alike. They are planning to ask the community board to tell the city that new curb cuts should be justified to the community board prior to the city's approval.

Disgraced former Assemblyman Anthony Seminario wants to stay out of prison and has asked some of his former colleagues for help. He asked them to write letters to the judge who will soon sentence him on his corruption conviction. One of those who has reportedly sent a letter for Seminario is local Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer. We wonder why, but politics must play a part in her decision. She should remember that last time she wrote a letter to get somebody out of prison it had tragic consequences.

Word from Mayor Michael Bloomberg that both the long-awaited YMCA and the Super Stop & Shop to be built around Beach 73 Street as part of the Arverne By The Sea project is good news indeed. Activity can already be seen on the site, and a spokesperson for the supermarket chain says that the build-out time is 16 months. "You will by buying your turkeys there for Thanksgiving in 2010," the spokesperson said, but 16 months would put the opening sometime in the early part of 2011. The build-out time for YMCA has not yet been announced, but it should be roughly around the same time period, experts say - somewhere from a year to 18 months. Because none of our political leaders came up with the extra millions needed for the expanded facility, the Y will have a six-lane pool and an outdoor gymnasium - at least for now.

Mark your calendars. The new hoc key team at Aviator Sports in Brooklyn, the Brooklyn A's, will open its home season at the Floyd Bennett Field rink to night, Nov - em ber 6. In fact, its first four games will be at home, on Nov - ember 6, 13, 15 and 20. Then, the team moves on for games at the New England and Rhode Island venues. Tickets are priced for families, with adults at $10 and kids at $8.

Next Thursday marks the eighth anniversary of the crash of Amer ican Airlines Flight 587 into Belle Harbor. For many, that day will live forever alongside Pearl Har bor, the death of President John F. Kennedy and the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. The day will once again be marked by a ceremony at the AA 587 memorial on Beach 116 Street and the beach front. You can be sure, however, that many of the victim's family members will wind up the day at Beach 131 Street and Newport Avenue, where the huge Airbus A300 aircraft augured in, killing all 260 aboard the aircraft and five locals on the ground.

It is clear that many New Yorkers are tired of being taxed and summonsed to death. The Empire Cen - ter for New York State Policy re - leased a report last week that shows more than 1.5 million residents left New York State for other parts of the country during the period that stretches from 2000 to 2008. 1.1 million of those residents lived in New York City. More than 64,000 left Manhattan, while nearly 70,000 left Brooklyn during that period. The report says that more than 250,000 of those who left wound up in Florida and 172,000 wound up in the neighboring Gar - den State.

The Scholars' Academy will host scheduled tours and information sessions on Tuesday, November 10 for current fifth and sixth graders who will be entering middle school next September. There are three sessions:: 9 to 9:45 a.m.; 5 to 5:45 p.m. and 5:50 to 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Those interested in getting a reservation number should call 718-474-6918 (extension 188) or email jbrady4@schools.nyc.gov. Applications will also be available online after November 1 at the De part - ment of Education website.

The director of the Board of Elec - tions says that he has no money to pay poll workers for their day at the polls on November 3. He says that the city spent all of its allocated money for elections on the special election last month in which very few voters showed up. This gives impetus to the movement to do away with the run-off elections for citywide offices. Mayor Bloom - berg said later that he would find the money somewhere. Perhaps he will pay out of his personal funds.

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