In early August, Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) responded to Rockaway residents who were tired of waiting years for essential repairs. Richards brought the Dept. of Design and Construction out to update residents of the area surrounding Bay 32nd Street in Far Rockaway, a community that regularly experiences heavy flooding. The overall improvement plan was explained in detail, and temporary fixes were promised in the following weeks. Although there were no improvements for some time, Councilman Richards has stayed on the issue and recently announced that the improvements have begun.
“These improvements are essential to the resiliency of Rockaway,” Richards said. “We have to ensure that we are prepared for emergency situations and no community feels left behind.”