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Meeks: The Right Is Holding Up Flood Reform

Congressman Gregory Meeks spoke on the House floor on Tuesday about the real economic impact that failing to pass comprehensive flood insurance reforms is having on families in the Jamaica Bay area, Rockaway Peninsula and across the nation. Meeks said last week’s passage of S. 1926 by the Senate adds new momentum for the House to take action that would […]

Addabbo Holding Common Core Town Hall

In an effort to hear directly from his constituents regarding the implementation of New York’s controversial “Common Core” learning standards, NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. is holding a town hall meeting on Thursday, February 20th to get feedback and recommendations for improvement from parents, students and educators. “Common Core has a noble goal: that of preparing all of our […]

Who’s Who

Kelly Brooke, Community Board

Tell Us About Yourself I have lived in Rockaway for almost nine years, but I was the operator of Riis Park Golf Course and Brooklyn Golf Center for three years prior to that. So I feel like I have been a member of the community for a dozen years. Currently I am the operator of Randall’s Island Golf & Sports […]

It’s A Long-haul Battle

We get the question often enough, what’s happening with flood insurance? Followed up by, you think it’s really going to happen? Well, the latest update is this: the United States Senate voted to pass the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act in a bipartisan 67-32 vote. A lot of the sentiment behind the Yes votes centered on the fact that FEMA […]


Dear Editor, The following letter was sent to Mayor de Blasio. Dear Mayor de Blasio, On behalf of the entire Rockaway community, we, the members of the Committee to Save the Rockaway Ferry, would like to express our gratitude to you for extending the Rockaway ferry service. The residents of the Rockaways look forward to the continuation of ferry service […]

Landlord Louse

Dear Editor: Once again our community was misled by the owner, Mr. Jay Deutchman of the old Rockaway Park Hotel at 158 Beach 116th Street. A face to face meeting with Deutchman was held with some Community leaders at Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder’s office and Deutchman said “I would put something there to benefit the Community as long as it pays […]

History Repeating

Dear Editor: Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio have a lot in common with the late Republican Governor Nelson Rockefeller and Mayor John Lindsay from the 1960s. Both Rockefeller and Cuomo deal with mayors who want equal billing on the political marque. Lindsay and de Blasio’s urban agenda is dependent upon both increased state and federal assistance. […]

Tidy Up

Dear Editor: Are remnants or Sandy-devastated houses the new landscape? The City and/or the property owners of beach houses awaiting building permits should for the sake of the community: *Clean up, cordon off the area, place fencing around the perimeter and affix signage forbidding trespassing/parking/loitering. Children have gotten injured. People have parked on these properties. Arguments/ altercations have ensued. We […]

Boyleing Points

Double Features

I’ve got a doppelganger reflex. Don’t worry, I’m not about to detail one of my weird medical experiences that I feel compelled to share right up to the ascending colon, so to speak. A doppelganger is a look-alike. A lot of times when I look at somebody they remind me of somebody else. I can’t help it. Sometimes it’s a […]