Vallone Discusses Post-Sandy Safety In Rockaways
On March 27, Councilmember Peter F. Vallone Jr. continued his Queens-wide public safety tour at the monthly meeting of the 100th Precinct Community Council, which represents Far Rockaway.
During the meeting, Vallone outlined his vision for keeping Queens safe, while also providing those in attendance with post-hurricane safety tips. The Council Member discussed a variety of issues, including the overdue installation of Argus cameras, the threat of criminals impersonating contractors to commit fraud and his recently-passed legislation that would increase criminal fines and create civil penalties for certain offenses – such as looting and trespassing – committed during a state of emergency and in mandatory evacuation zones. He also spoke about his resolution calling on the federal government to provide FEMA aid for Houses of Worship damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
Vallone then answered questions from very involved community members and listened to their concerns regarding the lack of present protection for the next storm – which he agreed to address directly with the administration.
“The people of the Rockaways have suffered enough, but some creeps are still looking to take advantage of the situation,” said Council Member Vallone. “They need immediate protection not just from criminals, but from the next major storm – which we know is coming.”