Marshall Inspects Sandy Wreckage, Provides Updates
Queens Borough President Helen Marshall visited several locations where she met with relief workers and victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Restoring Power To Arverne, Visiting Howard Beach
On November 14, Marshall flipped the switch restoring power to the Arverne by the Sea retail strip on Rockaway Beach Boulevard after meeting with city and federal officials on recovery programs and services for small businesses damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
After LIPA energized the strip’s power box, Marshall threw the switch to restore power to the commercial section, which now also includes a NYC Restore relief center at 68-22 Shore Front Parkway.
Marshall also visited the relief center at St. Helen’s Church in old Howard Beach to thank exhausted volunteers, Monsignor Alfred LoPinto and Catholic Charities. They have worked side by side with FEMA, CityMeals on Wheels and staff from the Howard Beach Senior Center to conduct an exhaustive door-to-door search for those in need in the community. “This site has been feeding up to 600 individuals a day and distributing hot food, books, toys and clothing,” said Marshall. “I had to come here and say thank you.”
Earlier in the day, Marshall met in Rockaway with Deputy Mayor Robert Steele, the city Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Robert Walsh and NYC Economic Development Corporation President Seth Pinsky to discuss city and federal programs to assist small businesses in their recovery from Hurricane Sandy.
Red Cross Meets With Marshall At Borough Hall
Meatloaf, corn and mashed potatoes have been delivered to thousands of Queens residents in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Red Cross officials told Marshall’s office at a meeting in Borough Hall on November 14.
Some 30,929 meals and snacks made it to street level and upstairs tenants with volunteers sometimes carrying up to five meals to residents stranded on upper floors in Housing Authority and senior housing developments by a lack of electricity and elevators.
Marshall was especially relieved to hear that more than 600 seniors, many stuck on upper floors of the Reuther Houses on Seagirt Avenue, have received meal deliveries. Marshall relayed frantic calls for food from residents there to the Red Cross.
“Buckets, mops and brooms have also been delivered,” as part of Clean-up and Comfort kits, said CEO Josh Lockwood, of the the American Red Cross Greater New York Region. “We’re doing lunches and dinners with daily, door-to-door assessments.”
The organization is still accepting large-scale donations, such as those from corporations, at two sites in Fort Tilden and the Aqueduct Racino (located near Rockaway Boulevard).
Other developments in the wake of Hurricane Sandy include:
•Con Ed reports that up to 87 percent of customers in Howard Beach have been restored to power; 89 percent in Broad Channel and approximately 500 customers without power have not yet been certified for restoration. Three ways to help simplify the self-certify process for power restoration are: have your electrical equipment inspected, cleaned and repaired by a licensed electrician; direct your electrician to coned.com to complete a Self-Certification Form, and e-mail your Self Certification Form to dl-HurricaneSandyBrooklynQueens@conEd.com or fax 718-923-7039.
•Damaged landmark buildings and properties within historic districts can go to AlexHerrera@nylandmarks.org or Colleen Heemeyer@nylandmarks.org for technical help or emergency grants.
•Legal Services NYC Sandy Recovery Hotline is 347-592-2411. It is open Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
•The Rockaway Waterfront Alliance held a fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy victims at the Queens Museum of Art on Sunday, November 18.
•As of noon, November 14, Parks Department Queens Forestry, aided by city contractors, had removed 5,667 downed trees or hanging limbs.