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Howard Beach


The completion of a NY Rising Community Reconstruction Plan is an important step toward rebuilding a more resilient community. Designed and driven by local communities, the plans account for specific needs, opportunities and strategies of cities, towns and villages throughout the State. Each locality is eligible for between $3 million and $25 million of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, as it implements new and innovative strategies that aim to establish a stronger and better future. NOTE: The NY Rising Community Reconstruction plans referenced on these pages are comprehensive planning documents created by and for the affected communities. For this reason, the documents describe projects that were discussed; however, not all of these were selected by the community as priorities to be funded.

Committee Members

  • John Calcagnile

    Co-Chair. A homeowner and architect with a practice in Howard Beach.  Post Sandy, he has been a vocal advocate for residents and homeowners and has also offered his services to residents affected by Sandy. He is also a member of CB 10

  • Frances Scarantino

    Co-Chair.  Frances is a lifelong resident of Howard Beach and the founder of Reach for the S.T.A.R.S. an organization to keep young kids involved in positive activity and away from the streets.  Frances is currently the President of the Rotary Club of South West Queens, a member of the 106th  Precinct Community Council and the Howard Beach Civic Association.  

  • Andrew Baumann
  • Betty Braton
  • John Fazio
  • Roger Gendron
  • Frank Giglia
  • Frank Gulluscio
  • Edward Kalanz
  • Frank Lombardi