Jill Weber, Rockaway Parks Administrator, explains to Senator Charles Schumer how the flood waters of Hurricane Irene breached the fascia wall of the boardwalk. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg Two weeks after Hurricane Irene bashed the Rockaways, Senator Charles Schumer promised his support to replenish the peninsula’s eroded beach and help individuals get financial help for their losses.
On September 9, Schumer – along with the Parks Department’s Rockaway Administrator Jill Weber, and local advocates – walked the boardwalk from Beach 96 Street to Beach 101 Street to inspect damages caused by the hurricane.
“We will work hard to get individual assistance [for citizens],” said Schumer. He added, “In any case, we will push hard to get the Army Corps to push harder for sand.”
John Cori, right, of “Friends of Rockaway Beach,” talks to the senator about the beach erosion problem across the peninsula.
Local activists and residents joined Weber and Schumer for a walk to survey Hurricane Irene’s damage to Rockaway’s beach.
The handball courts on Shorefront Parkway suffered extensive damage due to the storm.