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Sure seems like 2020 will be at least 14 months long.

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Mike Scala, a Democrat who ran for City Council in 2017 opposing Eric Ulrich, is running again. He won’t be facing an incumbent this time around but there will be a lot of others in the race. Scala lives in Howard Beach but he’s in Rockaway often enough to be an almost local. He’s a lawyer who helped fight against the proposed homeless shelter on Beach 101st Street and has been a vocal advocate for QueensRail and expanded ferry service.

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Jazmine Outlaw is the new Executive Director of the Rockaway Youth Task Force. We wish her and the group the very best as they move past the Milan Taylor era.

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Beach Channel High School has been designated as a vaccine site.

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That’s not the ticket. Recently The RT reported that the Rockaway Theatre Company, though closed due COVID, is alive and well with online workshops and performances and planned renovations. According to RTC though they still have not been paid by Brown Paper Tickets for the 3-4 shows they staged before the pandemic. In fact, a November article in The San Francisco Chronicle states the online Seattle-based vendor owes $6.75 million to arts groups, event producers, venues and theatre companies all across the country for tickets sold through its service.

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Well, it’s not lawyer-speak. And he’s not a magician. The man who allegedly stole the Speaker of the House’s lectern during last week’s riot at the Capitol was arrested. His lawyer addressed the media and said: “You have a photograph of our client in a building, unauthorized to be there, with what appears to be a podium or a lectern, I’m not exactly sure which one it is called. But that’s what we have.” When a reporter says, “Obviously, that’s a problem for you as a defense attorney.” The lawyer responds: “Yes. I’m not a magician. We’ve got a photograph of our client in what appears to be inside a federal building or inside the Capitol with federal property.” No one asked if the client would be taking the stand.

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There are just a few days left until Joe Biden is inaugurated as President. We hope a peaceful transition of power occurs. A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family of Officer Brian Sicknick, the Capitol Policeman who died after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol last week. Another officer is managing the fund. If you’d like to donate, go to: gofundme.com/f/95xqrr-officer-brian-d-sicknick-memorial

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There was good news from Washington recently. The latest stimulus bill included funds for the continuing sand replenishment of Rockaway beaches. The next round of sand will come via the Sandy relief bill but the next 50 years is covered by the stimulus bill that was just signed.

Rep. Gregory Meeks said:  I’m proud that we were able to secure funds for decades of sand replenishment which will help protect our community against hurricanes and storms. I will continue working to provide the Army Corps of Engineers with the resources necessary to make our shore resilient, including during the next appropriations process.”

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Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato was appointed as the Assistant Majority Whip to the New York State Assembly Majority Conference by Assembly Speaker Carl. E. Heastie (D-Bronx). The appointment puts Pheffer Amato in a leadership position within the Democratic conference, as she begins her third term after winning re-election last November.

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