2014-02-21 / Columnists

Beachcomber

Anthony Weiner wrote an op-ed for the Daily News this week about Albany’s disproportionate influence over the City. We wonder if de Blasio writes him “thank you” notes for the way he imploded on the campaign.

Speaking of The Daily News, they did a story about a shortage of clowns. A lot of people said they should just borrow some from Congress.

Spring must be coming. The Rockaway Little League is holding registration sign-ups this weekend.

If you see a stretch of sidewalk that hasn’t been shoveled and ice makes it dangerous, please call 311 and report it. You can also report it online quite easily.

Flood insurance update: Congress is supposed to hold a vote in mid-March. The specifics of the bill or suggested changes have not been made clear yet.

The Rockaway Point News, the Pointer, made an interesting point in its editorial. While the toll on the Cross Bay Bridge is an unfair tax so is the toll on the Marine Park / Gil Hodges Bridge. The bridge essentially connects to two parts of the same National Park. It costs $3.75 to go from Floyd Bennett to Fort Tilden or Riis. If you’re a tourist and you visit Floyd Bennett and then come and use the parking lot at Riis – you’ll spend $17.50.

Weatherman Al Roker caused quite the stir when he went after the mayor and his decision to open schools on another snowy day last week. Roker tweeted: Long range de Blasio forecast: 1 term.

Governor Cuomo said the State will expand the opportunity for inmates to get college degrees as a way to keep them from returning to prison and save tax dollars. He said it makes economic sense. Perhaps he should go further and make a degree a requirement for parole.

There is a lawsuit coming out of Michigan that warrants attention. Some homeowners who own property along the shoreline of Lake Michigan are suing the Federal government because the Army Corps of Engineers installed jetties which caused erosion on the south side of the jetties and devalued their property. We wonder if this will influence the Army Corps as they complete the Reformulation study for Rockaway.

We haven’t seen one yet but we hear a new bumper sticker is promoting the Rockaway ferry: Use It or Lose It. We need the service, so if you haven’t tried it, take a ride, give it a try. It will help the ridership numbers.

We heard an executive with the YMCA, who has opened a lot of Y’s says the Rockaway opening was the busiest he’s even been involved with. The place looks great and was bustling when we visited this week. It’s safe to say, Gerry Romski, the Arverne by the Sea CEO, is thrilled.

Animal Hospital of the Rockaways just marked the beginning of their 38th year. Congrats!

Kennedy’s Restaurant in Breezy Point is rebuilding and it looks like it will be spectacular. Stay tuned.

Kudos to Norm Scott who called attention to the poor conditions at PS 106 and its “Principal from Hell,” Marcella Sills, in 2008. After an investigation into her frequent absences and timecard trickery, the Special Commissioner of Investigation is calling for Sills to get fired. If the Department of Education had followed The Wave instead of the New York Post, the clean-up could have happened five years ago. A lot of students have suffered in that environment. And, by the way, who was supervising Sills all this time? What kind of job were they doing?

There were reports of people waiting for the A Train for more than an hour on Tuesday morning. We asked the MTA for an explanation: There was nothing causing hour long delays on the A line during Tuesday morning rush hour. There was a rail condition in the Cranberry tube that caused southbound A trains to run via the F line between West 4th and Jay Street beginning at 3:30 a.m., but that problem was corrected and normal service resumed at 5 a.m. (We’re just the messenger!)

It’s 8 p.m. do you know what your kids are doing? There was a disturbing online report of unruly kids causing problems in the Dunkin Donuts on Beach 129th Street. FYI the police will soon be involved.

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