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Welcome to the Bayswater Civic Association

We hold public meetings from September through June at the Bayswater Jewish Center located at 2355 Healy Avenue corner of Dickens Street, Far Rockaway NY 11691.


Some updates (as of April 17, 2020):



  • It is critically important that you fill in the U.S. Census forms.  New York City has been losing out on funds for schools, hospitals, roads, and more because only 62% of New Yorkers filled out the 2010 Census. This includes essential health care funding for our communities.  It determines how many members New York has in Congress and therefore our Congressman’s (currently Greg Meeks) ability to get things done for us and it determines how much federal money is allocated to New York state and city.  It is vital that you fill in the form.
  • Note that census information is confidential.  It is a criminal offense for a government employee to give or receive census data except as part of collecting it for the Census.  The information is not available to ICE.  You do not have to be a citizen to fill in the census.  You can do it by either:
  • Internet at https://my2020census.gov/ or
  • Call 844-330-2020.

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  • There will be an election on June 23.  It is both a Special Election for Queens Borough President to replace Melinda Katz who was elected as the Queens County District Attorney and  it is the Democratic Party Primary election.  If you are enrolled as a Democrat, you will see a second list of Borough President candidates (except for James Quinn).  These are candidates for the November election when we will again vote for Borough President.  Everyone can vote in the election for Borough President.  It is non-partisan.
  • Borough President Candidates:
  • Costa Constantinides
  • Elizabeth Crowley
  • Anthony Miranda
  • James Quinn
  • Donovan Richards
  • Dao Yin (has not responded)

  • Everyone is encouraged to vote by mail.  
  • You can request a mail in (absentee) ballot by either:
  • visiting a Board of Elections office (not recommended due to the current coronavirus situation),
  • by calling 1-866-VOTE-NYC (1-866-868-3692), or
  • you can get the form on the Internet at  https://www.elections.ny.gov/NYSBOE/download/voting/AbsenteeBallot-English.pdf.
  • You can fill it in on-line and then print it or if you prefer just print it and fill it out by hand.
  • Either way, mail it to NYC Board of Elections, 118-35 Queens Boulevard 11th Fl., Forest Hills, N.Y. 11375 (718-730-6730).  
  • Governor Cuomo says that everyone may mark “Temporary Illness” as the reason.
  • More information is available at https://www.vote.nyc/page/absentee-voting.

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  • Everyone is supposed to get $1,200 from the government as part of the federal Corona Virus relief act.  BUT, if you did not file an income tax return last year because you didn’t owe taxes, your payment will be delayed.  Your payment may also be delayed if you had to pay, even if you paid electronically.  This is particularly true if the government does not have direct deposit information.  But there is a solution.  You can provide some information on the IRS web site and get the money sent automatically.  The site is https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here.  Just click on the link.

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Mail Delivery

Is your mail delivery just plain rotten?  The Postal [non] Service has a program called Informed Delivery.  You can sign up for it here.  You will then receive an e-mail every day telling you what mail to expect.  And you can then go to the web site to report that you did not receive the mail.  That will provide evidence for complaints.

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Upcoming Meetings:

Monday, June 22 - Bayswater Civic Association - Open Meeting? - This is our next scheduled meeting.

Bayswater Jewish Center - or will it be on-line? Or cancelled?

Dickens Street and Healy Avenue, Far Rockaway 11691

Our precinct’s commanding officer, Captain Eric Robinson, generally attends and reports on police activities in the area.  We also expect our new Neighborhood Coordination Officers, Jonathan Jastemski and Mark Kelly, and the new NCO Sergeant, Patrick McGrath, to attend.

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Other Information

See below for information on the Peninsula Hospital site.

The association’s revised by-laws are available by clicking here.

The latest Rockaway development plans are for the site that was Peninsula Hospital.  There was a hearing on Thursday, July 11, 2019 in Queens Borough Hall and at the City Planning Commission on August 14 on the plans to build 2,200 low income apartments on the site and add 1,500 children to the already overcrowded schools.  Contact Donovan Richards to let him know what you think of the plans.  You can learn more on our What’s New page, and here.

You can learn about the city’s plans to “revitalize” the Village, or “Downtown Far Rockaway” as they call the project that is in process on our What’s New page, here.

Note that the plans don’t do much to revitalize downtown Far Rockaway but do include over 3,000 new housing units in buildings as tall as 15 stories.

If you would like to be added to our e-mail list, send an e-mail with your full name to newsletter@bayswatercivic.org or click here.

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