2010-04-09 / Top Stories

BC Residents To Meet With Borough President

Westside Flooding On The Agenda
By Howard Schwach

Broad Channel residents who live to the west of Cross Bay Boulevard will meet with Queens Borough President Helen Marshall on April 16 to discuss the terrible flooding situation that exists on those streets.

Board Channel resident John Heaphy, who resides on West 12 Road in the island community, and one of those who arranged the meeting, says that he and his fellow residents need help.

“We get no respect. We need advocates as good as those who represent the birds in the Wildlife Sanctuary,” he says. “Our government officials have no regard for our basic dignity or welfare.” Heaphy argues that the flooding on their streets has driven them to distraction.

“The high tide from Jamaica Bay floods our blocks, sometimes twice a month for a week at a time,” he says, adding that New York 1 News came to the street during the big storm last month. “They could not believe what it was like here,” he said. “We all need to memorize the tide and new moon schedule and we all need to keep our boots and waders close at hand.”

Heaphy blames the state for the neighborhood’s problems.

“Broad Channel is a 100-year-old fishing village that is largely governed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which will not allow us to do what we need to do to stop the flooding,” he argues. “God forbid a shadow from our house falls over some wildlife in the bay, and we’re in trouble. Yet, nobody is concerned about us and our homes. Services taken for granted elsewhere in the city – mail, road paving, trash pick-up and parking a car in front of your own home. All gone in Broad Channel.”

Heaphy says that he is asking all Broad Channel residents to come to the 11:30 a.m. meeting with the borough president. He will host a premeeting at his home, 12 West 12 Road, at 10 a.m. He says that he will find a ride from his home to the meeting for anybody who needs one.

“This meeting is for the benefit of all of us in combating the tide,” he concludes. “Remember, there is power in numbers and everybody who can have their voice heard.”

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