Monthly Archives: April 2014

OUTRAGE, Another Death on Oriental Blvd

On Saturday around 3 PM there was a collision between a motorcyclist and a car that resulted in the subsequent death of the motorcyclist.  The details I have include the fact that pedestrians, a father and two children, were also taken to a hospital by ambulance.  I was given this information by people who were at the scene immediately after the accident took place.

I am told that the car was making a right hand turn from Oriental Blvd onto Beaumont Street and the motorcyclist was doing the same thing…making the turn…with both vehicles coming in contact with one another.  It is not clear if the car was on the “zebra stripes” or where the motorcyclist was.

Speaking for the Manhattan Beach Community Group and having been called Saturday to the accident scene, I am sickened by these events.  I don’t know the cause of this particular accident; however, more attention must be paid to Oriental Boulevard and Shore Boulevard where speeding is rampant and reckless driving is a constant.  There are thousands of all kinds of motor vehicles that use these streets and not only are motorists at risk, but pedestrians are in danger as well.

 It is time for the Department of Transportation to stop their “studies” and their “talk,” and to recognize the daily dangers on these boulevards and do something!!!

The Manhattan Beach Community Group Traffic Committee has already taken steps to remedy this situation.

Judy Baron, President,
Manhattan Beach Community Group

Next Meeting April 23rd, 8 PM, PS 195

You are cordially invited to attend the next meeting of the Manhattan Beach Community Group this Wednesday, April  23rd,  8PM at PS 195 on Irwin Street in Manhattan Beach.

Our guest Speaker will be our State Senator Marty Golden.

This is you opportunity to speak and be heard about:

How the NYS Budget affects you?

Will Your property taxes go up?

Is the Legislature allotting more funds for “Sandy” damaged communities?

Please make every effort to attend and let our State Senator know how he can help you.

Summer Youth Jobs From Councilman Deutsch

 

Councilman Chaim Deutsch Advocates

For Summer Youth Employment Opportunities

BROOKLYN, NY: New York City Councilman Chaim Deutsch (D-Brooklyn) strongly urges parents and guardians who have young adults without summer plans to apply for the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). The Summer Youth Employment Program provides young people who live in New York City with paid summer employment during the months of July and August.

 

“The Summer Youth Employment Program provides an incredible opportunity for anyone 14 to 24 years old to build upon their skills and obtain a meaningful work experience” said Councilman Chaim Deutsch.

Currently, SYEP applicants are chosen through a lottery system. Because of this, hundreds of children are never fortunate enough to be included in this program. Councilman Deutsch is currently working with city officials to make this valuable program available to everyone who is eligible. “Every summer, many young adults spend their time in an unproductive fashion which occasionally, may lead them into trouble” said Councilman Deutsch. “We must eliminate this needless strain on our society and create more opportunities for our precious youth to grow; they are the future of our great city”. 

Employees work in a variety of entry-level positions at the following:

  • Government Agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Summer Camps
  • Non-Profits
  • Small Businesses
  • Law Firms
  • Museums
  • Sports Enterprises
  • Retail Organizations                    

In addition to work experience, SYEP provides workshops on job readiness, career exploration, financial literacy, and opportunities to continue education and social growth.

Any New York City resident between the ages of 14 and 24 may apply for this program online at www.nyc.gov/dycd or at a community-based organization during the application period. The application period is open from now until Friday, April 25, 2014.

FREE Vascular Leg Screening

MANHATTAN BEACH COMMUNITY GROUP

For Your Health:

A vascular leg screening is a medical test given to ensure that there are no risks for blood circulation issues.  The test is non-invasive and involves wrapping a pressure cuff around your ankles to determine if there are any blockages. 

There will be FREE vascular leg screenings available at Assemblyman Cymbrowitz’ office 1800 Sheepshead Bay Road on Tuesday, April 8 from 10 AM to 3 PM.  If you are interested in having this test done, please confirm your attendance by calling 718-743-4078.

Initial information from the Assemblyman and sent to you as a Public Service by the Manhattan Beach Community Group

BUILD IT BACK=BUILD IT NEVER

from the

Yeshiva World News

 

No Homes Fully Rebuilt Under NYC Sandy Program

(Tuesday, April 1st, 2014)

sanA year and a half after Superstorm Sandy decimated New York City’s coastline, a city-run program that was supposed to rebuild wrecked homes has only begun construction on three houses, and officials say they will need another $1 billion from the federal government in order to help every homeowner in need.

Homeowners who lost everything in the storm are furious with the lack of progress made by the Build-It-Back program, which was created by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg to primarily help New Yorkers repair, rebuild and elevate homes, though some funding was also designated to aid renters and owners of multi-family properties.

The city has already been granted $1.45 billion in federal funding for the program and about 20,000 people have applied for rebuilding and repair assistance. But as of last week, checks had been mailed to just three homeowners — totaling $100,000 — to reimburse them for repair work. And construction has begun on only three homes, none of which have been completely rebuilt.

Emotions ran high at a city council hearing Monday, where Amy Peterson, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s newly appointed director of housing recovery, was assailed with withering criticism from politicians and homeowners in her first day on the job. Much of the blame for inaction was laid squarely on the Bloomberg administration.

“We have been frustrated and heartbroken at every step of this process,” said Joseph Palmer Doyle, who applied to Build-It-Back and has yet to receive a dime for repair work to his home in the Rockaways. “We are financially ruined.”

Peterson acknowledged that it has taken the city an “unacceptable length of time” to help those in need and said de Blasio’s administration has moved quickly to cut through the red tape since January to get things moving.

Checks amounting to an additional $800,000 are about to be mailed out to homeowners, and about 70 people are negotiating with contractors to have their construction work mapped out, Peterson said.

Mayoral officials said more than 3,000 “offer meetings” — during which residents are presented with their financial offers from the city — have been held since Jan. 1, compared to just 500 prior to that. The city has completed nearly 10,000 damage assessments, with 7,000 of those completed under de Blasio’s watch.

The new administration has also moved senior staff members to Build-It-Back centers and pushed up home design consultations earlier in the application process to speed up the bureaucracy. But politicians said it doesn’t matter who created the problem: it must be fixed immediately.

“The problem is, it’s been about 10 months and Build-It-Back hasn’t actually built anything back yet,” said Councilman Jumaane Williams, who represents several neighborhoods in Brooklyn. “This administration may not have made the mess, but this administration has to clean it up.”

Over the weekend, De Blasio allocated an additional $100 million to ensure that everyone who applied to the program with a destroyed home — meaning the cost of rebuilding is 85 percent or more than the cost of a new home — will receive assistance. But that accounts for only about 500 homes. As for the rest, the city currently does not have enough money in its coffers to assist every single person who applied to Build-It-Back and would need an additional $1 billion to do so, Peterson said.

Officials are hoping that money will come through in a final installment of a block grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“There are significant uncertainties about the city’s ability to serve all applicants to the program,” Peterson said.

Build-It-Back has been plagued by long wait periods between applicant meetings, lost paperwork, confusing procedures, appointments canceled at the last minute and other issues that city officials and homeowners complained of during the hearing.

Peterson said the program struggled to communicate effectively with customers during its early months and often failed to track documentation through the system. It passed off responsibility from one contactor to another and struggled to manage vendor contracts across multiple city agencies, she said.

The first offers weren’t presented to applicants until November. Just 500 offers were made by the end of the year.

As of now, the estimated total value of money accepted by, but not yet paid to homeowners, is about $40 million. More than $312 million has so far been offered but not accepted.

“Early missteps, unrealistic assumptions and overly complicated processes have hindered rebuilding and made it more difficult for residents to resume normal life,” Peterson said.

(AP)

Important Town Hall Meeting April 3rd at PS 195, 7 PM

New York City Councilman Chaim Deutsch is hosting a Town Hall Meeting on our Parks. The meeting will be held this Thursday at PS 195 at 7 PM.

This is very important meeting concerning the parks and beach in our community. The Councilman has made it very clear that he wants to hear from us how money should be spent to make our beach and our parks better. Especially after Hurricane Sandy there is a great need to repair the overwhelming damage the parks suffered.

We must have a large turnout from our group to show the Councilman that we care about our community. Please make every effort to attend.