2014-03-28 / Top Stories

Goldfeder Urges City to Fix Beach Blocks

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder is urging the city to speed up repairs on Sandy-damaged beach blocks. The assemblyman has contacted the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Department of Design and Construction (DDC), asking them to take immediate action and to hurry up with repairs to the damaged streets and sidewalks near the beach on the west end of the peninsula.

“I commend the city for the immediate construction of new baffle walls along the beach, however it is unacceptable that our hardworking families are still waiting for DOT and DDC to fix the streets and sidewalks on the beach blocks damaged during Sandy,” Goldfeder said. “I strongly urge the appropriate agencies to work together and take the necessary corrective actions to rebuild our community and make our streets safe again.”

Goldfeder sent a letter to Queens Borough Commissioner of Transportation Dalila Hall and Department of Design and Construction Acting Commissioner David Resnick urging them to repair the sidewalk and streets along beach blocks from Beach 108th Street to Beach 144th Street in Rockaway. The beach blocks were heavily damaged by debris that drifted and flooding during Sandy.

The DOT has submitted plans to the city Office of Management and Budget for coordination with DDC as a full capital project, but currently no timeframe has been provided for when the street and sidewalks will be repaired, Goldfeder noted.

“Street and sidewalk safety should be the Department of Transportation’s top priority to keep our families in Rockaway safe,” Goldfeder said. “Homeowners are expected to make sidewalk repairs immediately when there is a safety hazard and city agencies should be held to the same standard. We all must do everything we can to ensure our neighborhood recovers and remains safe.”

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