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New York Revisits Fantasy Sports Law A Year And A Half Later With Legislative Hearing

Jan 10, 2018

 Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato led the questioning, which initially focused on consumer response. She noted that the tax income generated was not insignificant. The DFS panel agreed that it expects the number to increase going forward, too.

And then Pheffer Amato suddenly changed course: “So let’s talk about iPoker. Are you supportive of other types of online gaming?”

Schoenke indicated that the industry was more-or-less neutral regarding online poker. He dismissed the effect of one on the other, though he did note that there was some overlap for users.

“Do you feel that the legalization of iPoker would hurt your industry?” the Assemblywoman pressed further. Schoenke indicated that it would not.



Local lawmakers want to eliminate Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge toll

Jan 11, 2018

Local lawmakers expressed their support on Wednesday for a proposed bill that would do away with the toll on the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge connecting the Rockaways to mainland Queens. Introduced by Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, the bill is sponsored by Senator Joseph P. Addabbo and co-sponsored by Assemblyman Mike Miller. The toll on the Cross Bay Bridge was implemented to cover the cost of construction in 1970, and started at $0.10 per trip.  The toll has since grown to $4.25 per trip.



Deadly Blaze Reignites Dayton Beach Drama

Jan 18, 2018

Two days after the deadly blaze, local elected officials gathered at the residential complex to lament the lack of oversight on the part of the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) that could have prevented the disaster – which resulted in one death and several injuries.

“Where are the inspections? Where are the reports?” asked Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato during the Sunday, Jan. 14 press conference in which she noted how an 11th-floor fire at 8800 Shore Front Parkway could have been avoided had precautions been taken by the city agency to regularly check each apartment for fire hazards.



HPD to blame in fatal Rockaway blaze: Electeds

Jan 19, 2018

A fatal blaze that tore through a Rockaway Beach high-rise Friday, injuring 17 people, including nine police officers and three firefighters, was ruled accidental by the FDNY, but it could have been prevented, according to several elected officials.

Lawmakers called out the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development for lack of oversight in providing annual apartment inspections at the Mitchell-Lama Development Co-op, including state Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Beach), who lives in the building.

“As a shareholder I am terrified, as an elected official I am disgusted. Something is not right,” Pheffer Amato said Sunday. “Since being elected in 2016, I have expressed concerns regarding the absence of annual apartment inspections within DBP, as well as management and board of director issues. Apartment inspections are not only necessary, but required in order to ensure the safety and quality of life for all shareholders. This fire was an incident waiting to happen.”



Cashless tolling: MTA bridge and tunnel drivers having troubles, too

Jan 30,2018

Queens Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato reported similar insufficient funds issues on the Cross Bay Bridge, which links the Rockaways with the rest of Queens. The traditional toll plazas cashless tolling replaced warned drivers when their E-ZPass balance was low. The overhead cashless tolling gantries have no such equipment.

“It was real money. This isn’t a $2 ticket. This was $50, $250, $1,000,” the Democratic assemblywoman said. “That’s real money out of people’s pockets.”

Pheffer Amato said she has worked with constituents to clear up their issues. But she will be keeping a close eye on cashless tolling, especially since she believes the MTA has failed to own up to the problems.

“It was, you’ll drive through, you’ll get a toll in the mail, birds will sing. It didn’t go that way,” she said.



DOT eases SBS parking restrictions on Cross Bay Boulevard

Feb 08, 2018

"Our local businesses are the heart and soul of South Queens," Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Park) said. "It is great to see the Department of Transportation listen and work with our community to ensure residents can have the ability to access their local business and facilities."



LGBT Network opens new center in LI City

Feb 08, 2018

Numerous elected officials and Queens dignitaries were on hand on Feb. 1 as the LGBT Network opened its new Center in Long Island City.

Other Queens attendees included Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx); city Public Advocate Letitia James; Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Far Rockaway); Borough President Melinda Katz; Assemblyman Brian Barnwell (D-Maspeth); and state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria).



Ozone Park businesses getting parking relief after complaints over Cross Bay Blvd. bus lanes

Feb 09, 2018

Businesses along Cross Bay Boulevard in Ozone Park are getting some relief from parking issues caused by the Select Bus Service (SBS) through the efforts of local politicians. Also at the press conference were Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, Community Board 6 Chairperson Frank Gulluscio and Community Board 10 Chairperson Betty Braton. Pheffer Amato said she was pleased to see the city responding to concerns about the SBS lanes given the amount of push-back the plan has received.

“In a small community like this, our local stores are the heart and soul of our community,” Pheffer Amato said. “It’s important that they can drive up and do their errands on Saturday and not change their routines at the cost of moving forward.”



Legal Aid files suit over familial testing 

Feb 22, 2018

It passed the Senate but was approved by the DCJS before the Assembly could vote on the bill, which was carried by Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Park).

But at least one lawmaker is backing Legal Aid’s lawsuit.

“The legislature is the sole branch with the power to expand a tool that will have such a wide-reaching and disparate impact on New Yorkers,” Assemblyman Joseph Lentol (D-Brooklyn) said in a statement issued by the nonprofit. “I stand in strong opposition to this regulation.”



Pheffer Amato against MS 53 Proposed School Closure

Feb 13, 2018

Assembly Member Stacey Pheffer Amato spoke at MS 53 regarding a proposed closure of the school. “Let’s be clear, I am against the closure of this school. Since becoming the Assemblywoman for this community, I have been a strong advocate for education and have worked with the Department of Education on numerous concerns, however not one included the potential closure of MS 53.



A name compromise? CEC might consider it

Mar 01, 2018

Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Park) and Borough President Melinda Katz have come out against the proposed closures.

Simon also spoke out against the proposal at Monday’s meeting.

The CEC has not taken an official position on it, though members signaled support for the some of the statements made by the speakers.



Far Rockaway’s Darchei gets a stop sign

Mar 06, 2018

Yeshiva Darchei Torah in Far Rockaway is thanking NYC officials for installing a stop sign at the intersection of Caffrey and Brookhaven avenues near its Beach 17th Street entrances. He thanked the mayor’s office, DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, Borough President Melinda Katz, Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, Councilman Donovan Richards, and former Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder.



Pheffer Amato Walks To ‘End The Violence’ In Far Rockaway

 Mar 07, 2018

Assembly Member Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Far Rockaway) attended an “End the Violence” rally this past weekend in Far Rockaway. The march was organized by NYS Senator James Sanders and the Child Care Center of NY in response to two teenagers being murdered by gun violence. 



Pols ask MTA for toll amnesty program

Mar 08, 2018

“MTA dropped the ball and needs to step up and take responsibility for this hardship they are causing to our communities,” Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Park) said in a statement.

Pheffer Amato is trying to make driving on the Cross Bay bridge free for all state residents — it’s the only intra-borough or intra-county toll in New York.



Scratch all horses at Aqueduct Race Track?

Mar 15, 2018

The Long Island Association, a nonprofit that advocates for the interests of Nassau and Suffolk counties, is proposing to move horse racing from Aqueduct Race Track in Ozone Park to Belmont Park, which would allow for more racing days at the latter and open the Queens track for “redevelopment.”

“We have to undertake serious considerations as to how the LIA’s proposed plan will impact my constituents and the racing community as a whole,” Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Park) said in an emailed statement. “Thoroughbred Racing has had a huge impact on my district, both economically and historically, so in order to consider a proposal to radically change the face of this industry and neighborhood, there must be a thorough, thoughtful, and truthful analysis as to the kind of effect this will have.”



A possible end to the Rockaway toll?

Mar 15, 2018

Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Park) has been pushing for the elimination of the toll on the Rockaway bridge in recent weeks, saying it hurts small businesses and residents and stifles tourism during the summer months.

“It really is a step in the right direction that we’re part of the conversation,” Pheffer Amato said in a Tuesday interview. “I am happy with this.”



Rail study results may be out soon

Apr 05, 2018

Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Park) may soon receive news on the results of a study that seeks to see if it would be feasible to once again run trains on the abandoned Rockaway Beach Rail Line. “I am pleased to know that the study will be completed on time and will show that a thorough and thoughtful analysis was conducted,” Pheffer Amato said in the letter, provided to the Chronicle. “I’m looking forward to reviewing the results of the study, and determining what the next steps and options are for this process.”



DOT presents long-awaited safety changes for Lindenwood Triangle to elected officials

Apr 09, 2018

Community Board 10 has already unanimously voted in favor of sending a letter of approval for the project, but Ariola said the presentation will be given at a Howard Beach Lindenwood Civic meeting as soon as DOT representatives can schedule a visit. The next step in the process for the DOT is deciding what material to use for the circle at the center of the roundabout, Ariola said.

Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, whom Ariola said joined in the fight to make the intersection safer as soon as she took office, was also pleased with the DOT’s plan, she said.



Pheffer Amato, Addabbo, DEP To Host Annual Rain Barrel Giveaway

Apr 11, 2018

Assembly Member Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Broad Channel), NYS Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr. (D- Howard Beach), and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will be giving away free rain barrels on Sunday, May 20, from 10 AM to 1 PM at the American Legion Post 1404, at 209 Cross Bay Blvd. in Broad Channel.

“Rain barrels are one of those amazing free resources you don’t want to miss out on,” said Pheffer Amato.



Lawmaker demands return of Far Rockaway shuttle to ferry terminal

Apr 11, 2018

A Queens lawmaker is pushing for a shuttle bus, designed for New Yorkers to reach the Far Rockaway New York City Ferry terminal, to be reinstated after it was canned due to low ridership.

State Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato demanded on Wednesday for the permanent reinstatement of the Downtown Far Rockaway shuttle bus to the Beach 108th St. terminal.



Rail study results are delayed ... yet again

Apr 12, 2018

Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Park) announced Tuesday that the results of the transit agency’s probe into whether trains can once again run on the abandoned Rockaway Beach Rail Line will not be released until this summer — more than a year after the public was originally supposed to know the proposal’s fate.



Rockaway drivers learning no such thing as a free toll

Apr 15, 2018

A bill in the state legislature would cap fines at three times the toll amount and forgive penalties for those who pay the original toll. Rockaway Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato also wants to bar the MTA from siccing debt-collectors on drivers.



Drivers Complain MTA Charging More Than Just Tolls For Traversing Cross Bay Bridge

Apr 16, 2018

Folks who live in the Rockaways are supposed to drive across the span run by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for free, but ever since cashless tolls were installed everyone has to have E-ZPass.

The MTA says travelling under a tolling gantry with an underfunded account is a violation.

“We use this bridge daily, so if you don’t have enough money on your E-ZPass and didn’t know that, by the time bills start rolling in you could be at five thousand dollars,” State Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-23rd) said.



NY family charged $15,000 in fees crossing 'free' bridge

Apr 17, 2018

Residents of Rockaway, Queens, are supposed to get a free pass on the Cross Bay Bridge that connects the peninsula they live on to the rest of the city, but issues with a new cashless toll system have led to one family racking up a $15,000 bill in just six weeks.

New York State Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, who represents the affected district, has introduced a bill that would establish a six month amnesty for these types of toll violations while a new system is put in place that limits the fines to three times the original unpaid toll.



Dedicating his life to education

Apr 26, 2018

Richard Altabe, 57, the lower school principal at the Hebrew Academy of Long Beach, will receive the Audrey Pheffer Lifetime Achievement Award from the JCCRP, an organization that aims to “improve the cultural, educational, social, communal and religious welfare,” within the communities it serves, according to its mission statement. Pheffer is the mother of State Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Beach). For more than 25 years, Audrey held the seat her daughter has now.



Naloxone training coming to Howard Beach

Apr 26, 2018

Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Park) and the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services will host a free training session in Howard Beach next month to train people how to recognize, respond to and reverse an opioid overdose by using the lifesaving medicine naloxone.



Local politicians hope to help citizens conserve water with free rain barrel giveaways

Apr 27, 2018

Senator Joseph Addabbo, along with Assemblyman Brian Barnwell, Councilman Robert Holden and Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato will host two separate giveaways on May 5 and May 20 in partnership with the Department of Environmental Protection. Any constituent who lives in Addabbo’s district can register to receive a free 55-gallon barrel which can be attached to a storm gutter to collect rain water.



Pheffer Amato Continues District Wide Mobile Office Tour

Apr 28, 2018

This past week Assembly Member Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-South Queens) joined staff and  community residents during the third week of her Mobile Office district-wide tour, making stops in Ozone Park and Far Rockaway. Pheffer Amato and her staff met with constituents face-to-face, discussed concerns about quality of life and other issues, and took down contact information to ensure proper follow-up at her district offices.



Part of Rockaway Beach will close because it’s too rocky

May 21, 2018

Swimmers and sun worshippers are barred for about a dozen blocks between Beach 91st and Beach 102nd Streets, to protect a dune put in place since Hurricane Sandy devastated the area in 2012.

Queens political leaders were outraged over City Hall’s partial closure of the area. Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Far Rockaway) was equally outraged.

“I am adamantly opposed to the city’s plan to close part of our beach right before Memorial Day weekend – the unofficial start of summer,” she said.



Stretch Of Rockaway Beach Will Be Off-Limits To Swimming This Summer Due To Beach Erosion 

May 22, 2018

An assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, whose district includes Far Rockaway, said in a statement, "I am adamantly opposed to the city’s plan to close part of our beach right before Memorial Day weekend - the unofficial start of summer. Not only will this significantly hurt our local communities and residents but will hinder our economy. We have been demanding sand and resiliency measures for our beaches for years - and this is how the city reacts, by closing 12 blocks of the beach? That’s not a solution."



Part of Rockaway Beach to be closed

May 24, 2018

Short of trucking in sand on their own, Rockaway activists did everything in their power to protect their beaches. They protested, wrote to their elected officials and discussed the issue of erosion face-to-face with Mayor de Blasio last December.

“We have been demanding sand and resiliency measures for our beaches for YEARS — and this is how the city reacts by closing 12 blocks of the beach?” Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Park) said in a statement. “That’s not a solution. Residents and beach-goers should be able to take full advantage of our city beaches and community — the City failed us by not taking action earlier, it’s simply unacceptable.”



Howard Beach pays homage to veterans

May 31, 2018

Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato honored veteran’s groups, and municipal fire and police organizations and to her left, state Sen. Joe Addabo Jr. addressed the crowd. The center photo shows two Boy Scouts saluting the American flag as a third raises it. To the left, ladies from the Howard Beach Assembly of God Church march to honor the fallen.



Getting into science and tech at MSH

Jun 07, 2018

State Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Beach) visited Midreshet Shalhevet High School for Girls on May 29, a yeshiva located at 1000 Rosedale Road in North Woodmere, to see the school’s STEM program in action. Midreshet Shalhevet began offering the courses last year and coding became a requirement for all ninth-grade girls. More advanced STEM classes are offered as electives for students in the upper grades, including an Advanced Placement computer science course. “Most girls end up loving it,” said Esther Eisenman, the school’s principal. “Teens are now excited about technology.”



Campaign to end ‘most unfair toll’ on Cross Bay Bridge in Queens inches closer to victory

Jun 15, 2018

The State Assembly passed legislation that would ban the toll on the bridge linking Broad Channel and the Rockaways for good. Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, who represents the area where the bridge is located, sponsored the legislation, which now moves on to the state Senate.



Pheffer Amato Congratulates 2018 Graduates

Jun 19, 2018

Assembly Member Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-South Queens) this past week and weekend was a featured speaker at four middle school graduations, presenting NYS Assembly Certificates of Merit to several students at the ceremonies.  On Friday night, she spoke at St. Frances de Sales Catholic Academy in Rockaway Park, St. Rose of Lima in Rockaway Beach, and St. Camillus Catholic Academy in Rockaway Beach. 



Cross Bay toll repeal looks doomed again

Jun 21, 2018

When the state Assembly last week passed a bill by Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Park) to eliminate tolls on the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge, Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) proclaimed it as “a big win for South Queens.”



MetroCard vans in South Queens

Jun 21, 2018

Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-South Queens) announced last Thursday that she will be hosting an event sponsored by the MTA later this summer.

Two MetroCard vans will be at separate locations in Howard Beach and Far Rockaway on Aug. 31. Residents can use these vans to purchase standard, senior or other reduced-fare MetroCards.

The reason for this event, according to Pheffer Amato, is to allow access to these cards without having to go to a train station.



Assembly backs an end to Cross Bay toll

Jun 28, 2018

On June 14 Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Beach) was able to pass a piece of legislation through the Assembly that would eliminate the toll.

“I made a pledge before taking office that I would work to eliminate the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge Toll,” Pheffer-Amato said in a press release. “Today, I had a thrilling win and a great step forward for our community.”



Far Rockaway rep at Midreshet Shalhevet

Jul 04, 2018

Far Rockaway Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, accompanied by her chief of staff Amanda Kernozek and Teach NYS’s Annie Watman and Sydney Altfield, visited Midreshet Shalhevet to experience its STEM curriculum. Sarah Yastrab, parent of junior Nava and alumna Tamar (’16), arranged the visit. “To know that we have such amazing support in Albany is very heartwarming as a parent,” she told the visitors.



No timeline set for Rockaway rail study

Jul 12, 2018


Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway Park) was told in June 2017 by the MTA that a study to determine the feasibility of reopening the rail line would be released sometime during the coming winter.



DEP proposes $400 million plan to improve Jamaica Bay

Jul 17, 2018

The city’s Department of Environmental Protection, environmentalists and elected officials announced a $400 million proposal to improve the ecological health of Jamaica Bay, which has lost approximately 85 percent of its historical wetland coverage over the course of the last 150 years.

“Few parts of the country know how important taking care of the Earth is as well as we do,” said state Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Broad Channel). “Investing in this ecological jewel will not only show off the natural beauty of our water and its ecosystem, but will create the next generation of environmentalists to preserve and protect it.”



Ozone Park residents to sue the city after fiery meeting over proposed homeless shelter

Jul 20, 2018

Residents of Ozone Park came together by the hundreds this week to push back against Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) for placing a controversial homeless shelter in the heart of their neighborhood, and they plan on taking the city all the way to court.

While Esposito began his speech by thanking the members of the panel for coming to have a dialogue with the community, the panel was often showered with boos and heckling throughout the night. When Senator Joseph Addabbo, Councilman Eric Ulrich and Assembly members Mike Miller and Stacey Pheffer-Amato all spoke out against the shelter, they were met with massive applause.



Far Rockaway gets nearly 700 affordable housing units

Jul 19,2019

The affordable housing units will be provided by two non-profits and in two locations within the core of Downtown Far Rockaway, according to the city’s Economic Development Corporation.

The Roadmap for Action initiative invested $126 million of the $288 million towards infrastructure and the acquisition of the 23 blocks , which was rezoned for the construction of affordable housing units located at Beach 21st and Far Rockaway Village, according to DiNapoli’s office.

“The more work we put into our neighborhoods, the better the outcome will be for future generations. I am excited that the city is taking the next step towards that investment,” said Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Far Rockaway). “As Far Rockaway continues to grow and develop, we must ensure that additional investments are secured so that our families can grow and thrive.”



Rockaway Residents Want Something Done About Dangerous Stretch Of Roadway

Jul 20,2018

As CBS2’s Lisa Rozner reported, family and friends said final goodbyes Friday to 63-year-old Valerie Razack. Police said the Arverne resident was struck by a car in the crosswalk at Beach 73rdStreet last Wednesday, and she had the walk signal.

“We followed up with them this week, and they said that they’re meeting next week with HPD to transfer over the property. And we’ll be calling next week to keep this moving forward, so that this community can feel safe,” said Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato.



Downtown Far Rockaway set to get 681 apartments

Jul 25, 2018

Decrepit downtown Far Rockaway is set for a facelift by 2021, as 681 units of housing — ranging from low-income through “affordable” — rise on two pivotal sites in “Far Rockaway Village.” Groundbreaking is expected next year. “The more work we put into our neighborhoods, the better the outcome will be for future generations,” Rockaway Beach Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato said. “As Far Rockaway continues to grow and develop, we must ensure that additional investments are secured so that our families can grow and thrive.”



Ozone Park residents file suit against city

Jul 26, 2018

Last Thursday, at a meeting with more than 700 residents and a number of representatives from the Department of Homeless Services and Lantern Community Services, longtime Ozone Park resident Sam Esposito announced that he had hired a lawyer and would be filing a suit against the City of New York.

Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Rockaway) was also in attendance, and though the site for the proposed shelter is technically not in her district, she still had something to say.

“I’m sitting here listening to the arrogance as if we don’t have a sensitivity towards homelessness,” said Pheffer Amato. “But 115 men with mental illness is not OK.”



Pheffer Amato wants movies and her seat

Aug 2, 2018

Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Howard Beach) is partnering with the Queens Library to host summer movie nights.

Pheffer Amato recently announced her bid for re-election. She made the announcement on Friday, July 27, stating that she hopes to represent the 23rd Disrict for a second term.

“The past two years in office have truly been amazing. I pride myself on being an outspoken advocate for our hardworking families, children, seniors, and veterans of this community and will continue to fight every single day to ensure our government is more responsive, and provides the highest quality of service for our neighborhoods,” said Pheffer Amato.



Howard Beach library gets $100,000 in state funds for upcoming upgrades

Aug 22, 2018

On Aug. 21, Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato awarded a $100,000 check to Queens Library President & CEO Dennis M. Walcott in support of the Howard Beach library. Amato was able to secure the funding during the last legislative session. It is to be used for both exterior and interior improvements at the Queens Library Howard Beach branch.



Queens Today

Aug 31, 2018

As part of a district-wide mobile tour, Assembly Member Stacey Pheffer Amato visited South Ozone Park and Far Rockaway last week to discuss constituents’ concerns. It was week three of her Mobile Office tour. Each time Pheffer Amato talks with a constituent, she takes down their contact information and pledges to follow-up with them later at her district office. The tour is set to continue over the next two months in Rockaway Park, Ozone Park, Far Rockaway and Howard Beach, the Queens Gazette reported. The next session will take place Thursday rom 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the JASA Senior Center at 711 Seagirt Ave.



MetroCard vans give another option

Sep 06, 2018

Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Howard Beach) hosted MTA MetroCard vans at the Lindenwood and Wavecrest shopping centers last Friday afternoon.

“This is the only place they can refill otherwise they have to go to the station, which is inconvenient because they either have to take a cab or get a ride from someone to help fill up their card,” Pheffer Amato said.



Bulkheads For Business

Sep 06, 2018

Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer-Amato met with several local business owners on Tuesday, Aug. 28 to discuss the need for urgent improvements along the Jamaica Bay waterfront, particularly the need to repair several bulkheads behind the many bayfront businesses near Beach 116th Street. Pheffer-Amato, along with representatives from numerous city agencies, met with the business owners primarily to discuss potential economic aid packages, a possible rezoning, and other measures that might be able to help repair the crumbling infrastructure along the bay.



OPINION: Environmental concerns outweigh desire for cheaper natural gas

Sep 07, 2018

On Wednesday he voiced his grave concerns about the $1 billion natural gas pipeline that would cut across 23 miles of lower New York Bay.  Although environmentalists are understandably alarmed, the Williams Company says the new pipeline would provide much needed natural gas capacity to Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan.

Stringer is joined by Councilman Donovan Richards and Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, who believe that we should be focusing on alternative means of energy, not fracking and dangerous pipelines.



Residents discuss 9/11 and community

Sep 13,2018

A candlelight memorial service was held Tuesday at FDNY Engine 331 and Ladder 173 in Howard Beach to remember the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Howard Beach) remembered how her child was 1 year old and how it felt like the world was ending that morning. “When we come together like this, it’s to remember the horror but then we have to remember that we came together,” Pheffer Amato said.



Protest held against Ozone Park shelter plan

Sep 13, 2018

A rally was held Wednesday across the block from the proposed homeless shelter at 85-15 101 Ave. in Ozone Park that is planned to hold 113 mentally ill men near several schools. Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Howard Beach) also spoke out against the location of the shelter. “They’re trying to figure where they can put poor souls into wherever they can and this community is not a good match,” Pheffer Amato said.



EMS workers, elected officials call for de Blasio to stop opposing paid sick leave for 9/11 responders

Sep 17, 2018

More than 17 years after the Sept. 11 attacks, EMTs sickened at the World Trade Center are still fighting for unlimited sick time due to resistance, they say, from Mayor de Blasio.

Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Queens), who sponsored the bill in the Assembly, said she would push the mayor to “stop resisting this.”

“The pushback is dollars and cents, which makes no sense,” she said.



EMS unions to mayor: Support unlimited sick leave for our 9/11 responders

Sep 20, 2018

Local 2507, the union that represents more than 4,000 fire inspectors, paramedics and medical technicians, and Local 3621, the union that represents more than 500 uniformed EMS officers, testified at a hearing at 250 Broadway Monday. Union members called for state legislation that would grant workers affected by the aftermath of/recovery from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks unlimited sick time.

De Blasio administration officials explained their objections to the bill in a legislative memo saying that offering unlimited sick leave to 9/11 EMS workers would bring “an unknown cost” to the city. But Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato said legislators should stand by emergency employees no matter what.



Outgoing Ozone Park civic leader celebrated

Sep 20, 2018

Tuesday marked Howard Kamph’s last meeting after 15 years serving as president of the Ozone Park Civic Association.

“He looked a lot younger then,” said state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach).

Kamph was honored by Addabbo, Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato (D-Howard Beach).



Cashless Tolling: Across New York, cries for relief, amnesty mar roll out

Sep 25, 2018

Sen. Leroy Comrie, D-Queens, along with Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, D-Queens, tried to pass an amnesty program for Metropolitan Transportation Authority tolls.

Sens. Chris Jacobs, R-Buffalo, and Timothy M. Kennedy, D-Buffalo, also joined Carlucci's chorus.

After cashless tolling started to go awry on the Grand Island bridges, the Buffalo senators held a news conference on Aug. 20, asking for amnesty for drivers in western New York.



New city bills aim to protect and restore flood-prone sections of Jamaica Bay area

Oct 1, 2018

The City Council approved legislation last week designed to restore and protect flood-prone areas surrounding Jamaica Bay.

Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato and City Council members Costa Constantinides, Eric Ulrich, I. Daneek Miller and Adrienne Adams joined community members and advocates on Sept. 28 at the Cross Bay Kiteboarding Launch Area in Broad Channel to celebrate the bills’ passing.