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Source: NYC Parks Department

Source: NYC Parks Department

The following is a press release from the offices of Councilman Chaim Deutsch:

New York City Councilman Chaim Deutsch (D-Brooklyn), in an ongoing effort to improve parks in the 48th District, will host a Town Hall Meeting at PS 195 Thursday, April 3rd at 7 PM, inviting community members to share their thoughts and propose upgrades for Manhattan Beach Park, a major recreational park and popular destination.

This is the second in a series of Town Hall Meetings Council Member Deutsch will host in an effort to involve residents in plans to improve our local parks.

“I am working hard to improve our community’s parks,” said Council Member Chaim Deutsch. “I invite all area residents to attend this important Town Hall Meeting, share their vision of the park, and take a hand in shaping its future.”

Manhattan Beach Park, located off Oriental Boulevard between Ocean Avenue and Mackenzie Street, is home to baseball fields, beaches, playgrounds, sprinklers, and a dog run, in addition to basketball, tennis, handball and volleyball courts.

Council Member Deutsch’s Town Hall Meeting will give park goers an opportunity to weigh in on the future of Manhattan Beach Park. Those in attendance are encouraged to share their knowledge of the park, best usage, and point out facilities that may require repair or maintenance. In addition, community members will be given an opportunity to propose capital projects, which Councilman Deutsch will discuss with Parks Department officials for funding consideration.

“Take advantage of this opportunity to make Manhattan Beach Park a better place,” said Councilman Deutsch.

The Town Hall Meeting will be held in the auditorium at PS 195 [131 Irwin St. between Shore and Oriental boulevards] Thursday, April 3, at 7 PM.

Photo by Erica Sherman.

The New York State Department of Financial Services mobile unit is stationed in Manhattan Beach until 7:00 p.m. tonight, assisting residents and business owners with bank and insurance issues. And they’ve got company: representatives from several local banks who will hopefully help ease lending and the release of tied-up insurance funds.

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz writes:

On Monday, March 4th, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., representatives of five of New York’s largest banks and mortgage servicers will be stationed in the Department of Financial Services’ Mobile Command Center outside P.S. 195, 131 Irwin Street (between Shore and Oriental Boulevards) offer one-on-one help to homeowners.

JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, CitiMortgage and Ocwen Loan Servicing will be on hand. Other institutions sending representatives include OneWest Bank and Assurant, which will represent dozens of smaller banks and mortgage servicers.

… As a member of the Assembly’s Committee on Insurance, I heard testimony at a hearing last week which shed light into policyholders’ experiences with insurance companies in the four months since Sandy struck. Thousands of residents and store owners are still struggling to rebuild their homes and reopen their businesses, and for many of them, difficulties with banks and insurance claims are the primary reason why this process is taking so long.

Insurers typically issue checks jointly to a homeowner and the homeowner’s mortgage bank or servicer following the settlement of a large insurance claim. That means the bank needs to endorse the check before the homeowner may access the funds. Dual endorsement is a standard requirement of mortgage notes and insurance contracts to protect the lender’s interest. Banks may also require proof that repairs have been made before endorsing checks.

Last month, the Department of Financial Services found that banks were holding more than $200 million in insurance funds from Storm Sandy victims; the Department urged the banks to use maximum discretion and effort to speed the release of funds and asked Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to announce emergency reforms to their rules to provide banks and mortgage servicers with even more discretion to release funds.

The five participating banks and servicers will be immediately releasing an estimated $70-80 million to current borrowers as a result of these rule changes.

The Department of Financial Services is also available to anyone who has questions or concerns about general insurance-related issues.

If you can’t attend, you can still get help by calling the department at (800) 339-1759. Insurance information is also available on the department’s website.

Source: Facebook

If you are a homeowner, renter or business owner affected by Superstorm Sandy and have insurance-related questions or issues related to the storm, the Department of Financial Services’ (DFS) mobile command center will be stationed outside of Public School 195, 131 Irwin Street in Manhattan Beach, all day today, January 14, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Representatives from DFS will meet with residents inside the mobile unit. To learn more, go to DFS’ website or call them, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at (800) 342-3736, (212) 480-6400 or (518) 474-6600.

Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Walcott at P.S. 195

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Department of Education Chancellor Dennis Walcott visited P.S. 195 (131 Irwin Street) in Manhattan Beach this afternoon, touting the city’s snappy repairs and the return to school of thousands of students across the city.

The elementary school was hard hit by Hurricane Sandy, flooding its hallways with several feet of water and rendering its 70-year-old boiler system inoperable. The Department of Education, working with the janitorial and school engineering unions, pumped out hundreds of gallons of water and installed an emergency boiler over the past week, prompting the mayor to declare, “This school’s in good shape.”

However, other schools in Zone A evacuation zones did not fare so well. Nearby I.S. 98 Bay Academy (1401 Emmons Avenue) remains closed with heavy damages, as do schools like Mark Twain Junior High School (2401 Neptune Avenue), John Dewey High School and P.S. 277 Gerritsen Beach. As of this writing, 23 schools in Brooklyn remain closed.

“Some of these schools we could not get open and those students we’re going move to other schools if things aren’t fixed by Wednesday,” Bloomberg said.

Still, 94 percent of schools are open today, according to Bloomberg, and the preliminary attendance estimate is 86 percent.

“That’s about the same as the Monday before election day as last year, and we didn’t have Sandy last year, so that’s great,” Bloomberg said.

There are 16 more schools that are still being used as emergency shelters, which the city intends to relocate by Wednesday – although they acknowledged that won’t be the case for every location.

Chancellor Walcott noted that the system’s 8,000-strong school bus fleet was largely undamaged, and 7,400 buses were on the streets today. Metrocards were also distributed to students staying at the city’s emergency shelters.

On Wednesday, even more students are expected to return to school as those in relocated institutions are shuttled to other schools. For that, the mayor referred to today’s transportation situation as a “dry run.”

“In the context of trying to move lots and lots of kids, it was a relatively successful first day. We’re going to look at what works and what didn’t work,” he said.

Bloomberg added that there will be buses at closed schools on Wednesday for those families who didn’t get the news that their school was closed.

The flooded auditorium of P.S. 195 in Manhattan Beach (Source: GothamSchools.org)

Hurricane Sandy didn’t just devastate local homes and businesses, it also took its tolls on approximately 200 school buildings. P.S. 195 in Manhattan Beach and Bay Academy Junior High School were both under water. Others are still without power, or are acting as temporary shelters for hurricane victims. And, yet, classes across the city will resume on Monday for the first time since Hurricane Sandy struck.

Many schools, however, aren’t yet coming back online, and classes will be relocated. Students in these schools will not attend class on Monday, November 5, or Tuesday, November 6, but will attend class at their new temporary location on Wednesday, November 7. Teachers and staff should report to their new temporary location on Monday, November 5, at their regular start time.

The Department of Education has put together a website so that you can find the condition of your child’s school and determine if it will be open or closed, and, if relocated, where the host school will be.

One note: We found that P.S. 195 in Manhattan Beach is listed as open and students are expected in class on Monday. As one of the worst hit schools in the area, we find this hard to believe, and are awaiting confirmation from the city. If your child is a student at P.S. 195, please check this space later.

UPDATE (6:30 p.m.): The Education Department confirms that P.S. 195 will be open tomorrow.

Staff shortages, underfunded programs and lack of supplies are crippling public schools as the recession forces budget cuts citywide. One local principal, Arthur Forman of P.S. 195 in Manhattan Beach, described the tight constraints faced by his school – one admittedly better off than most – echoing the concerns of his colleagues.

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Photo by Allison F.

I received this letter yesterday from an ecstatic parent, gushing over an appearance by teammates of the Brooklyn Aviators hockey team. We wrote about the Aviators recently, and noted its rising profile as another great Southern Brooklyn pro-sports team. Read what the parent, Allison F.,  had to say:

We had three local hockey players from NY Aviators come to visit our kids in PS 195 today.  It was so nice.  They spent about an hour answering kids questions and signing autographs.  They gave out free tickets to one of their games for the kids.  Nicholas Kuqali #6, Jarrett Rush #4 and Michael Thompson #7.  Mr. Forman principal of PS 195 introduced them to the kids, who had a fantastic time asking questions and making “statements.”  This was held in the gym at the school during the schools fund raising book fair.  After the Q&A the players spent time with the parent coordinators answering questions. One of the little girls from younger class, who was in a wheelchair was overheard by one of the players (Nicholas Kuqali) that she did not have any money with her to buy a pen she really wanted during the book fair, he took money out of his pocket and paid for the pen for her.  THAT WAS SO SWEET!!!!

Sweet indeed. Thanks to the Aviators for making a pit-stop (blade-stop?) in the neighborhood!

Manhattan Beach residents berated a representative for the Mayor on Wednesday night, as they distributed a petition and contemplated civil disobedience to tackle the city’s neglect of their traffic safety issues.

It was an emotional evening at the Manhattan Beach Community Group meeting, with the mother and neighbors of the child recently killed by a bus on Oriental Boulevard in attendance.

Irina Liberman, the mother who was also injured in the October 7 accident, had eyes brimming with tears as she and neighbors told NYPD representatives that the streets need more than Oriental Boulevard’s blinking yellow light, especially near the park entrance on Falmouth Street. She said ice cream trucks regularly line up at that area, and children dart away from parents in between the trucks, and into the street where drivers can’t see until it’s too late.

“There’s no indication,” she said. “I speak for all mothers. This is a tragedy and there’s no indication but a yellow light and people are speeding. A blinking light. That’s it. Always speeding.”

Mayor’s rep becomes target of ire; possible unity between quarreling groups; and civil disobedience after the jump.

A water pipe break on Hastings Street near Oriental Boulevard is spurring the NYC-DEP to turn off water to homes and buildings on several Manhattan Beach blocks this evening.

Girard Street, Hastings Street, and Irwin Street will not have water from approximately 4 p.m. to midnight. The DEP expects to finish repairs during the 8-hour shut off period.

P.S. 195, located on Irwin Street, will be closed after classes today. After-school activities are cancelled, as is the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association’s Town Hall meeting with Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. The meeting is rescheduled for Monday, April 19.