2014-02-21 / Top Stories

NY Rising Rock East Asking For Ideas


The Rockaway East Committee of the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program is hosting three meetings to solicit ideas from residents. The NY State program seeks to develop resiliency initiatives for areas like Rockaway which were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. The Rockaway East Committee of the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program is hosting three meetings to solicit ideas from residents. The NY State program seeks to develop resiliency initiatives for areas like Rockaway which were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. How would you spend $15 million for community resilience? What are your ideas to make the east end of Rockaway ready to better weather future storms?

The Rockaway East Committee of the New York Rising Community Reconstruction (NYRCR) Program is holding three public meetings this weekend to hear from residents regarding strategies and projects to make the community more resilient.

The meetings will take place at three locations. The first will be at the Arverne by the Sea Retail Transit Plaza at 6720 Rockaway Beach Boulevard. This will be on Friday, February 21st, between 3 and 8 p.m.

The next will be on Saturday, February 22nd, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Far Rockaway Library’s Program Room. The library branch is located at 1637 Central Avenue, at the corner of Central and Mott avenues.

A third meeting will take place at the Bayswater Jewish Center Ballroom at 2355 Healy Avenue on Sunday, February 23rd, from 1 to 5 p.m.

NYRCR program was established by Governor Andrew Cuomo to provide additional rebuilding and revitalization assistance to communities previously damaged by Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. The program designated that committees made up of residents from each area would develop resiliency projects which fit their neighborhoods. These would, as the program website states be “locally-driven recovery plans (which would) identify innovative reconstruction projects and other needed actions to allow each community not only to survive, but also to thrive in an era when natural risks will become increasingly common.”

The Rockaway area has NY Rising Committees to cover Far Rockaway, Broad Channel, Breezy Point, Roxbury, Neponsit and Belle Harbor.

New York State has earmarked $60 to $70 million for the initiative which is designed to help 102 severely damaged communities to develop comprehensive and innovative rebuilding plans.

A set amount of that total has been set aside for each area. Grant applications for new infrastructure and other mitigation improvements will be awarded once each community’s plan is complete and submitted for the state’s review and approval.

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