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Friendly neighbors with shared driveways often share car keys as well to make car jockeying a bit easier. Our tip for the week is, don’t leave the shared keys in the car. A regular thief turned into a car thief when he came across a set of keys after entering a car to look for loose change and other valuables. Oh, another tip: lock your car.

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We said it was an easy, well-paying job that has no real value. So far 21 people, most facing term limits, have announced plans to run for Public Advocate, according to an item in The New York Times. Eric Ulrich is among them. A photo of all the “declared and exploring” taken by our friend, John Kenny, was used by The Times.

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And speaking of running for office, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz has announced that she’s running to become the Queens District Attorney. She’s term-limited in the BP position and the DA’s office has no such restraints. In fact, she can run for mayor and other jobs if she becomes DA without giving up the position. She’ll have competition for the DA post as City Councilman Rory Lancman and former judge Greg Lasak are seeking the job as well. (Not to mention that current DA, 86-year-old Richard Brown, has not said whether he’ll run again or not).

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Speaking of the BP, Katz said Amazon should help pay for the Queens-Brooklyn Connector. We say Amazon should help pay for the reactivation of the Rockaway Branch line (aka Queens Rail).

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We know, we know. The mail service stinks in Rockaway. The bright side? We’re not alone. Two individuals in other parts of Queens were caught “fishing” mail and arrested. Seems these fellows cast their lines into mailboxes and reel in letters with some kind of fetching device. Mail often has checks and cash, especially this time of year, and apparently isn’t safe even sitting in a mailbox.

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Kudos to Scholars’ Academy and those who helped add a new green space and greenhouse just outside the building. If any area could use some green help, it’s the area near the sewage treatment plant, not far away.

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What gives? Those in Dayton Beach Park buildings, including 8400 and 8600, recently complained after their gas service was shut off without much warning, for more than five days. Some expressed fears of not having gas for even longer as some apartments still needed to be entered to shut off the stove gas. The disruption has been a big inconvenience, especially with many on a fixed income that cook their meals.

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Mayor de Blasio is catching heat for the firing of Joe Esposito, the now former commissioner of OEM (Office of Emergency Management). Esposito was fired by a Deputy Mayor because of the botched city response to the snow storm a couple weeks back. The Deputy asked Esposito to resign and he refused. And then the Mayor botched the explanation of it all. It was a City Hall mess and guess what? The whole story was broken by Rockaway’s own Katie Honan in The Wall Street Journal. Way to go, Honan.

 

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