Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
File Photo
File Photo
Rockaway residents and Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder are requesting the State Department of Environmental Conservation expedite permit applications that will allow city agencies to rebuild the Rockaway boardwalk.

The push for quicker Sandy recovery continues, and now the pressure is on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC).

Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder requested Joe Martens, DEC Commissioner, and the agency expedite all “permits related to recovery projects in the Sandy-damaged communities of southern Queens” to “wherever possible.”

“Our families are working around the clock to recover and rebuild from Sandy and every agency on every level of government must do the same,” Goldfeder said.

Families throughout Howard Beach, as well as Broad Channel and the rest of the Rockaways, continue to wait on approval for permits from various agencies, including the DEC, Goldfeder said.

Additionally, pols and residents want to see repairs to the Rockaway boardwalk as well as the area’s baffle walls.

“We need NYS DEC to expedite all permitting for our boardwalk,” said John Cori, Rockaway resident and co-founder of the Friends of Rockaway, “especially the retaining wall that will serve as a protective barrier and help in mitigation efforts to prepare our community for future storms.”

The boardwalk and walls, although designed and constructed by the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation and the Economic Development Corporation, need DEC approval before rebuilding efforts can move forward.

“If there is a lesson to be taken from Superstorm Sandy, it is that we cannot afford to wait,” Goldfeder said in a letter to Martens.

“Our families have been through enough suffering and there is no excuse for even a moment’s delay,” he said.


RECOMMENDED STORIES

 

 

Comments:

Join The Discussion



Related Stories
Students to collect data on Queens trees
Students to collect data on Queens trees
Cuomo seeks Breezy Point elevation study, signs bill blocking ‘red tape’
Cuomo seeks Breezy Point elevation study, signs bill blocking ‘red tape’
Popular Stories
Photos courtesy of Instagram/Gordo's Cantina
Gordo's Cantina, popular Mexican pop-up restaurant, will open location in Long Island City
File photo
W train will officially start running to Astoria again in November
Photos by Corazon Aguirre and Arther De Gaeta
Top businessmen honored as 'Kings of Queens' at Star Network event
Skip to toolbar