2017-05-26 / Front Page

Happy Memorial Day, Now Tear Down Your Flag

City going ahead with flag removal of 9-11 hero, right after Memorial Day weekend is over
By Mark C. Healey

The Wave has learned that the city is moving forward with plans to tear down a flagpole erected on Beach 127th Street in memory of a block resident, FDNY Lieutenant Joe Agnello, who died on 9/11. Sources indicate that the removal will take place after Memorial Day.

As first reported by The Wave in the Jan. 27 edition (Flagpole Fight), NYC Parks informed residents of Beach 127th Street that the removal of the flagpole is necessary due to the impending construction of a baffle wall – a measure aimed at preventing sand migration, included in Rockaway’s restoration.   The initial blowback from residents spurred Parks agreed to meet with residents on Feb. 2, at the location of the flagpole, to see if a compromise could be made.

Vincent Cirrito, NYC Parks Team Leader for Queens Capital Projects did most of the talking for the city, addressing the group assembled at the flagpole, telling them that when the city installs flagpoles, it does so on public land, and needs public design permissions.

“So this flagpole, unfortunately, we don’t know how it was built. It doesn’t meet the standards for it to be on public park property,” said Cirrito. “We need to have borings taken, so we can understand the soils and then the foundation [to see what the flagpole] is based on.”

That day, Cirrito said he would take the block’s concerns to his supervisors. He went so far as to say , "I’m hearing you loud and clear that you want it to stay."

Local Steve Gifford, who was at that Feb. 2 meeting says that's the last time residents from the block heard from Parks or Cirritio, and that no borings have been taken. 

On May 24, people on the block noticed that contractors were out and about, so they asked what they were there for. They told the homeowners they were there to start the ;process of building the baffle walls, and in doing so, would be removing the flagpole.

"Only reason we even know that Parks is taking it down is because the contractors told us ity was coming down," said Giffoed. "Can you believe that?"

The Wave will continue to follow this story...

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Fine outstanding person

Fine outstanding person meanwhile our councilman honors a killer in the pueto rico parade donavan the coalition of the rockaways bruce jacobs will debate you anytime any place no holds bar no more hotel shelters no more old daytop village now a shelter no prisonsdonavan you lye to the homeowners you lye to the people of the projects we lost our hospitals under your watch all thse things happen richards we are watching you

Thanks for the update Mark

Thanks for the update Mark and will follow your story!

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