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Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato wrote a letter to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg  requesting funding to rebuild and restore the Rockaway Beach Rail Line, which would drastically cut the commuting time to the City. The MTA produced a study indicating it (Queenslink) would cost several billion dollars. Amato suggested the Biden administration send some of those billions from any infrastructure bill. Good idea. But if Stacey really wants this to get traction, she will enlist the support of Congressmen Hakeem Jeffries and Gregory Meeks. Jeffries certainly has the ear of the administration as he is the Chair of the House Democratic Caucus and is often mentioned as a Speaker of the House candidate. Jeffries supported the reactivation of the line in 2013 and still has articles regarding his support on his congressional website. “We’re committed to doing everything possible, despite the challenges, to bring the Rockaway Beach rail line back to life,” Jeffries has said. So Stacey, we hope you cc’d the letter to Jeffries and maybe to Senate Leader Chuck Schumer, who repped Rockaway when he was a congressman. QueensRail really relies on one factor: political support.

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We’ve recently praised the many, many people who pitch in and clean up around Rockaway. And now a word to the opposite types: are you kidding? We’d like to say leaving trash on the beach is being done by careless, thoughtless DFDs but they’re not the only guilty ones. We’ve heard from disgusted residents of Rockaway Park and Belle Harbor about how the trash is getting out of control and we’re pleading with people to pick up after themselves. And PS: Empty beer cans, usually left on the beach at night (that generally means locals), is a particular problem. Parents, talk to your kids about drinking¬ AND littering.  

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The new NYC Ferry Summer Schedule will go into effect Saturday, May 22. Please check ferry.nyc for updates and ferry news.

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Since Sandy, The Graybeards have been mounting American flags along Rockaway Beach Boulevard. Damaged and worn flags have to be replaced. Jimmy Mullen spearheads the effort and is hoping community members can chip in. Donations can be made to the Graybeards (a 501 non-profit) and if you’re sending a check please write “Flags” in the memo. Donations can be mailed or dropped off to the Graybeards office at 129-04 Newport Ave (Office entrance is on the 129th street side of the corner building).

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Speaking of The Graybeards, they and The RIBS will be picking up food donations this Saturday, May 22. Please leave your blue plastic bag (which were distributed last week) out before 9 a.m.

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St. John’s Episcopal Hospital has a new Mobile Health Unit which should help transportation issues. Services offered by the Mobile Health Unit include: Blood pressure screenings; Cancer screening referrals; Cholesterol testing; Glucose and lipid profile testing; Immunizations; Depression screenings; and A1c screenings.

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Want to give a special shout out to the new grad in your family? Take out an ad in The Rockaway Times!  We'll design it to your liking or submit your own. Call Mary 718-634-3030 and ask about rates and deadlines. 

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Dan Falt says the jetty(s) installation project is on schedule and going smoothly. Falt is the project manager for the Army Corps of Engineers and can be reached by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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