BFHA EXECUTIVE BOARD 2021-2022
President Liz Nacinovich
Immediate Past President Kevin Morris
Vice President Janet McCreesh
Vice President Elisa Bellere
Treasurer Karen Barbieri
Recording Secretary Erin Carrozzo
Corresponding Secretary Kurt Nickel
Member Dianne Arfsten
On behalf of the entire BFHA Board, I hope everyone has had an enjoyable summer. Rest assured that although we have not published a newsletter for the past few months, the board of the BFHA has remained busy working for you. There have been a few situations that have required intervention on the part of our zoning committee. Please refer to the section below for a detailed update.
Last week, Hurricane Ida blew through the region bringing record rainfall to NYC where we received over 3 inches in a single hour, shattering the previous record set just a few weeks ago. Unfortunately this triggered flash flooding in our area. If you were one of our neighbors affected by this disaster, please refer to the information provided in this newsletter.
We have received a request from CB7 to submit a recommendation for Capital budget projects in our area. The Board of the BFHA would like to petition the Mayor and the City Council for sewer upgrades in light of recent developments. If you were affected, please consider dropping us a note via email with your name, address, and a brief description of your experience so that we can include the information in our request.
As always, thanks for your support. Working together we can ensure that Broadway-Flushing remains a beautiful oasis in NYC and a great place to live.
CHANGE IN EXECUTIVE BOARD
We have had another change to the slate of officers for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. Due to family and work constraints, Dennis Occhino has submitted his resignation. We thank him for his years of service to our community. Our newest member, Erin Carrozzo has graciously agreed to assume the role of Recording Secretary. We are looking for a volunteer to replace Erin as a Voting Member. If you would like to be considered, please reach out to us via email President@broadwayflushing.com.
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Our next General Membership meeting will be held via Zoom on WEDNESDAY NIGHT, October 20, 2021 at 7:30pm. We had been hoping to hold it in person, but due to Covid constraints we were unable to secure the hall. Check your email for the link the week before. Please consider joining us. State Senator John Liu will be our guest speaker and we are working on securing a representative from the 109th Precinct to give us an update.
HURRICANE IDA RECOVERY RESOURCES
Anyone who has experienced problems related to flooding from Hurricane Ida should reach out to either of the following for assistance:
State Senator John Liu
38-50 Bell Boulevard
Bayside, NY 11361
US Representative Grace Meng
40-13 159th Street, Suite A
Flushing, NY 11358
The following are a list of important resources:
The Damage Assessment Tool allows the City to immediately collect damage information from New Yorkers to assess the impact upon affected areas. Call 311 or visit https://www1.nyc.gov/site/severeweather/resources/report-damage.page
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
President Biden has approved an expedited Major Disaster Declaration to provide financial relief to help New Yorkers that were impacted during Hurricane Ida. Homeowners and individuals can apply for disaster assistance whether they have insurance or not:
Phone : (800) 621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585)
FEMA Disaster & Flood Resource Center
FEMA Resource Center in Queens to help residents and business owners impacted by the storm navigate federal recovery resources.
Queens College Student Union,
152-45 Melbourne Ave, Flushing
For FEMA assistance related to necessary expenses and serious needs directly caused by the disaster, including: Vehicles, childcare, medical expenses, and more, visit:
Small Business owners can apply for assistance through US Small Business Administration:
Phone : (800) 659-2955
For individuals who need temporary housing or shelter, you can find an open shelter through the Department of Homeless Services:
For individuals who need multilingual and confidential crisis support service, you can contact the Disaster Distress Helpline:
For individuals or families with flood damage, you can file a Water Damage or Loss Claim with NYC Comptroller’s Office within 90 days of Hurricane Ida:
On September 1, 2021, the DOB, once again, disapproved the latest plans for the proposed church on 157 St and 35th Avenue. We are closely monitoring the situation to ensure compliance with the Rickert Finlay Covenant.
The new owners of the home located at 157-15 35th Avenue had applied for, and been granted, an alteration permit. The DOB had also approved the plans which included a flat roof that is prohibited by the RF Covenant, but not by NYC zoning regulations. We were attempting to work with the owners’ representatives to bring the plans into compliance when the home was demolished. A full stop work order has been issued by the DOB along with multiple violations. The situation is ongoing and the BFHA board remains in contact with the DOB and our lawyer regarding this property.
Order a plaque for your home or as a gift for your neighbor. If you would like to order a plaque, please visit our website and select “Order a Plaque” This will take you directly to the manufacturer who has given a 10% discount for all Broadway-Flushing Plaques. If you need help installing your plaque reach out to us because we know who the “handy” neighbors are and they would love to help you!
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