I'd like to wish everyone a happy, prosperous and healthy New Year. May this year bring back our Rockaway boardwalk, our desperately needed seawall and our bay wall on Beach Channel Drive. Our streets and roads must be fixed properly, not just a patch job as was done on Newport Avenue. May our ferry serve us permanently, including weekends at a $2.00 fare. May the old Rockaway Beach line be signed into reality this year. May we get back our local comprehensive high school, with local specialty vocational high schools as well.
Congratulations to newly elected Mayor Bill de Blasio and School Chancellor Carmen Farina for having the wisdom and fortitude in deciding to close our schools and not putting our children, teachers and other school personnel in any danger. Roads were quite icy and the weather was freezing cold. We commend the mayor for outstanding appointments for Deputy Mayors and Commissioners. We are very glad to see that Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty is still in place.
During this blizzard, we were made aware of changes made by the mayor in 2010 to take the job of cleaning snow from tertiary streets from Sanitation and giving it to private contractors. These streets include dead end streets and our beach blocks in Rockaway and Broad Channel. The job was outsourced to private snow removal contractors who did a lousy job and did not start until two days after the storm. We need to make sure that the job is given back to Sanitation which does an excellent job. Thank you to all Sanitation workers for the great job that you did.
Congratulations to City Comptroller Scott Stringer who we know will do a great job watching the budget, pension funds and investments. He is a real mensch. Congratulations to Leticia James, our new Public Advocate. We commend Mayor de Blasio for opening Gracie Mansion and inviting the public to speak to him and be heard.
Join us at the Queens County St. Patrick's Day Parade and Cultural Committee Fund raiser on Saturday January 25th at St Camillus. We have the Celtic Justice Band, corned beef dinner, beer (BYOB), and soda. $50 tickets are available at Kerry Hills, Rogers Pub and Blackwater Tavern.
We are deeply saddened by the death of local patriarch John Tubridy. John was a community minded civic leader who instilled the proper values in his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Many are the pillars of our community. His son Dan is a long time civic leader, Mike is a hard working member of Community Board 14 and daughter Pat is Principal of Channel View High School. John was a Navy veteran of WWII and a NYPD officer. We know that John is now a special angel in heaven. We know that his wife Jane met him at heaven's gate. He was broken hearted at her loss.
With the resignation of Parks Commissioner Veronica White, Deputy Commissioner Liam Kavanagh is now Acting Commissioner. He should pick up the phone and announce a system for keeping lifeguards on duty to 8 p.m. on hot summer days and find ways to expedite rebuilding of our boardwalk.
We have been receiving many calls from people who lost their homes and jobs after Sandy. Now they are losing the extension of unemployment benefits. What is going to happen to all these people? We need another New Deal to get our economy going again for everyone. In the meantime Congress must extend UIB for those who lost their jobs through no fault of their own.
Our Post Office is at it again. On Saturday January 4th, I received a letter mailed to me in Queens on November 13th, 2013 by first class mail. You guys have to do better.
My deepest sympathy to Councilman Eric Ulrich and his family on the loss of his grandfather, Ronnie Kulick. My thoughts and prayers go out to your grandmother and the family.