Local Pols Keep Businesses Open on Beach 116th Street


It’s not the end for Last Stop. Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato and State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. announced on Wednesday that the businesses on Beach 116th Street will stay open as they have come to an agreement with the MTA to extend their occupancy until at least the end of the year.

After being told that they would have to vacate the premises by June 19th, businesses like Last Stop, Joseph A. Otton Tax & Accounting, and A & J Jewelry can breathe a little easier for the time being. This agreement comes as the MTA delays their issuance of a request for proposal (RFP) for those commercial spaces, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I would like to thank the MTA for being good partners and understanding that during these times keeping businesses open benefits our entire community,” Pheffer Amato said. “These businesses have been a staple in this community, and it would have been particularly unfair to make them shut their doors during a global health pandemic. I’m glad that Senator Addabbo, myself, and the MTA were able to come to a reasonable conclusion that gives the businesses enough time to prepare for next year’s RFP, while keeping their staffs employed and the space occupied until the end of the year.”

“Having the MTA allow these local businesses to remain in place, especially during this health crisis when many businesses are not allowed to operate, is a positive step for the Rockaway community,” Addabbo said. “Our local businesses are the backbone of our communities.”