A New York State Assembly member from Queens is calling for the state Department of Environmental Conservation to accelerate all permits for Hurricane Sandy recovery projects in the hard-hit southern section of the borough.
Phillip Goldfeder, who contacted DEC Commissioner Joe Martens, said neighborhoods such as Broad Channel, Howard Beach and part of the Rockaways – including the boardwalk and baffle walls – are still holding out for approvals from the DEC and other agencies. The city Economic Development Corporation and the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation built and designed the boardwalk and supporting walls. The DEC, however, needs to sign off for rebuilding to begin.
“Our families are working around the clock to recover and rebuild from Sandy and every agency on every level of government must do the same,” Goldfeder told the Queens Courier. [Queens Courier] — Mark Maurer