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This coming Tuesday, November 8 is Election Day. Local races of interest include: For Congress, challenger Paul King takes on incumbent Gregory Meeks; and for New York State Assembly, Stacey Pheffer Amato looks to retain her office against Tom Sullivan.

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There are also four ballot proposals which include boosting spending on environmental projects, including a Statement of Values for City Government in the preamble to the city charter, establishing a new Office of Racial Equity, and a proposal that would mandate that the city government use a new method to calculate the “true cost of living.” For an in-depth review of these proposals, a helpful site is: www.thecity.nyc

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Let there be less light. Here’s a reminder to put the clocks back this weekend. If you want to be exact about it, you can wait until 2 a.m. on Nov. 6 and then turn your clocks back to 1 a.m.  We’re hoping this is the last time we have to remind you to set the clocks back. The U.S. Senate passed legislation (Sunshine Protection Act) last March making daylight savings time permanent. The House has to pass the bill before President Biden can sign off on it.

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On point. Or more specifically, Pizza On The Point, just opened in Breezy Point and with Michael Fiore from Meat Up Grill involved, we know it’s gonna be good, good, good. We’re looking through the history books and we can’t find the last time Breezy had a year-round pizza place. Well, it might’ve taken some time, but we think it’ll have been worth the wait.

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While on the subject of good food and new stuff, Tap That is finally cookin’ with gas! The pour your own beer place at 111-04 Rockaway Beach Blvd has new menu items including Maine Style Lobster Rolls, Fried Clam and Fried Oyster Rolls, Bar Pies and Chef Special Entrees. The place is fun and really well done. You can follow @TapThatRBNY for all new menu items and weekly specials.

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Half full, half empty. The New York Times cited a report by Property Shark highlighting neighborhoods in New York which have had the greatest change in home prices in 2022. People looking to buy in Belle Harbor might be pleased to know that, on average, house prices have fallen 13%, year over year. Homeowners might be comforted to know it could be worse. The Fiske Terrace area in Midwood in Brooklyn is down 45%. Some neighborhoods, mostly in Brooklyn, were up significantly from 2021.

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With Election Day on Tuesday, the Community Board 14 will hold its monthly meeting on the following evening, Wednesday, November 9. The Army Corps of Engineers will give an update on sand replenishment and the overall project.  The meeting is at the Knights of Columbus, Beach 90th Street, starting at 7:15.

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If you get a chance, stop up on the boardwalk from Beach 108 to Beach 9th. You can see first- hand some of the amazing work being done to fortify beach protection. Sand is considerably higher than the boardwalk railing in many places.  Around Beach 9-17th, you can see large, 30 feet!, steel sheets that will be buried in the reinforced dunes that will run from Beach 9th to Beach 149th. In effect, Rockaway will have a sea wall, it just won’t be seen.

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