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According to some reports, the restaurant industry will benefit greatly from the recently passed corona relief package approved by the Senate. There is a $25 billion “revitalization fund” for restaurants that will include grants to help them cover pandemic-related revenue losses. Let’s hope our many local places will be able to get some relief and prosper going forward. We are amazed that so many have been able to keep the doors open.

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The American Rescue Plan, as it’s being called, should also be a huge boost for the MTA which has had service cuts and layoffs. A robust public transit system is crucial for a New York comeback.

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Speaking of the covid relief, we got a press release from Chuck Schumer’s office about all the billion$ he secured for New York. Reminds us of the Riis Park Pool he promised when he was first running for senator. As Senate Majority Leader, you’d think he’d have the clout to get that Olympic-sized pool (so Rockaway lifeguards could be trained, for one thing).

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St. John’s Hospital got a reprieve of sorts when the governor’s office put a hold on proposed cuts (drastic and extreme cuts). Bishop Lawrence C. Provenzano, chairman of the St. John’s board, made a good point when he highlighted Governor Cuomo’s seeming sympathy towards communities hit hard by Covid. Cuomo said communities hardest hit were those without quality healthcare. Meanwhile, a proposal was being prepared to cut St. John’s making it a micro hospital in a hard hit community. 

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Shoutout to the Covid testing facility at Beach 39th Street. We hear lots of good things about the people working there and the relative ease about getting in and out. Walk-in testing is available at no cost. The address is 39-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd and the tests are from 9 a.m- 7 p.m.

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“My personal opinion is that, given the damning pattern of facts and corroboration laid out in the (New Yorker) article, I do not believe it is possible for Eric Schneiderman to continue to serve as Attorney General, and for the good of the office, he should resign,” Gov. Cuomo said. That was in 2018. Mayor de Blasio is thinking of running against Cuomo. If anything could give Cuomo confidence, it would be this.

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Broad Channel residents will be covering their ears soon. The NYC School Construction Authority will soon begin demolishing the existing school building at PS 47. The work will generally take place between 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and at other times as needed. Residents who have concerns or question can call Danielle Schaaf at 917-662-1432.

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A couple of state senators introduced Senate Bill S4943 which establishes a standing advisory committee within the metropolitan transportation authority to improve bicycle and pedestrian access to bridges throughout the city. No one likes to walk their bikes over the Rockaway bridges so this will help. And for the adventurous types, this would eventually allow biking across the Verrazano. Joe Addabbo likes it enough that he told us he’ll be a co-sponsor.

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Andrew Yang is leading in the polls to be the next mayor. He’s followed by Eric Adams, Maya Wiley, Scott Stringer, and Kathryn Garcia. It’s early(ish) and things could change by June when the primary occurs. It’s very likely that ranked choice voting will be the difference as we think no candidate will surpass 50% on the initial vote.

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