2017-02-17 / Community

CB14, Residents Demanding Resiliency

By Maria Elena Perez

Members of Community Board 14 are still demanding that resiliency should come first when it comes to surplus funding leftover from the Rockaway boardwalk.

At the CB14 monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 14, members of the board still demanded answers from the representatives of the Parks and Public Safety Committee about the $29 million of FEMA resiliency funding that are being spent on the reconstruction of the NYC Parks facility.

“We were promised resiliency first,” said Sonia Moise, CB14 board member.

Moise, along with other concerned board members and Rockaway residents, spoke up in agreement about how the city plans to use part of the FEMA surplus to reconstruct the Rockaway Operation Headquarters.

“We need to focus on resiliency for homeowners insurance so the entire Rockaways benefit,” said Moise.

The Rockaway Operation Headquarters, which is meant to serve all of Rockaway and Broad Channel is just one of the five resiliency projects for the peninsula. Skepticism about the project and its funding arose at the Parks and Public Safety committee meeting a month ago.

According to Jose Velez, co-chair of the Parks and Public Safety Committee, the updated report on the FEMA funding, NYC Parks will “secure additional funding so they don’t shortchange any other projects.”

Yet, many of the board members were still questioning why so much money was going into these projects, rather than flood insurance.

“It just does not make any sense,” said Moise. “This money should be going to flood insurance.”

Requests for comments by NYC Parks and Recreation were not returned by press time.

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