Cuomo Requests Waiver For Superstorm Sandy Homeowners Set to Receive FEMA Settlements



Governor Cuomo has requested that U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Castro use his executive discretion to waive the Duplications of Benefits regulation for homeowners affected by Superstorm Sandy. Unless waived, the regulation would require impacted New Yorkers who will now be receiving additional funds from FEMA and the National Flood Insurance Program as a result of recent legal settlements […]

Ferry Good Sign

EDC moves forward with citywide ferry plans

“We’re launching a new citywide ferry service to be open for business in 2017,” Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Feb. 3, during his “State of the City.” The response from the Rockaway community, which was still upset from the mayor’s decision to cancel the ferry service on Oct. 31, 2014, was almost predictable. “A ferry in two years. Big […]

Ruscillo Steps Down From 100th PCT CC



Community Board 14 member and longtime Rockaway resident Danny Ruscillo has decided to step down from his post as president of the 100th Precinct Community Council. On Aug. 12, he informed the council’s board of his decision. “Tonight, I announced to my full community council board that I will be resigning as the 100th Precinct Community Council president as of […]

A Pair Of Heroes

NYPD Saves Jet Skiers From Drowning

Police Officers Matthew Carson (right) and Christopher Carlino of the 101st Precinct did not start the day as partners, but after a 911 call came over the police radio on Aug. 8, they quickly teamed up to rescue two men whose Jet Ski ran out of gas and got caught in a strong current. Carson, who had been assigned to […]

The Art Of Debate



Rockaway prides itself as a highly engaged community, and has high expectations of its elected officials and many others – like its community newspaper – who play a role in the exchange and supply of information. However, there are times when issues that need debate spill over into nonsensical diatribes on social media and other places, when it shouldn’t. There […]

EDITORIAL COMMENT



Remember The HH



Dear Editor: Many are too young to remember that up until the 1970s — New York City Transit extended E line service during rush hours to the Rockaways. Riders up until the early 1970s had to pay an extra fare when traveling beyond Broad Channel to any other station in the Rockaways. For off peak and late night service, there […]

Make Skate Park Great



Dear Editor: The current designs for the new Beach 91st-92nd Street skate park are great. However, it is a “3 foot rule” park, meaning that there will be no supervision because everything in the park is 3 feet tall or less. Three foot parks make up most of the parks in the five boroughs, yet they don’t really offer much […]

Dog Run Hosts Ice Cream Social



The annual Allied Rockaway Foundation for Animal Recreation and Fitness (ARF-ARF) Ice Cream Social for the canine set took place at the Rockaway Dog Run on Aug. 9. The highlight of the day was homemade organic ice cream made by ARF ARF’s Keren McEneaney Feuer. The event also raised $190 for the organization. According to its Facebook page, ARF ARF […]

RVAC Says City Funding Is Near



At an open meeting of the Rockaway Volunteer Ambulance and Rescue Corps on Aug. 10, the group shared some positive news about its efforts to bring its services to the community. A dire need for extra emergency transportation was acknowledged by at least 15 Rockaway residents who showed up at the meeting, and the man spearheading the efforts, said it […]