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Volume XXVII, Number 5741
Monday, Nov 19, 2012

Extraordinary Parkies Working In The Wake Of Sandy

We continue our series highlighting some of the many Parks employees working long days in response to Hurricane Sandy’s devastation.

Phil Sparacio: Deputy Chief of Operations, Queens
Phil was in Rockaway the weekend prior to the storm, where he led efforts to sandbag all NYC Parks buildings and build sand berms to protect the boardwalk. He has been there every day since, working 12+ hours each day to lead our beach recovery efforts. Phil served as our point person in Rockaway with OEM, DSNY, NYPD, the Armed Services, and all others involved in clean-up, food distribution, and clothing collection. During the height of the storm after working a full day in Rockaway, Phil responded to the tree fall in Flushing that killed a young man in his home. Under extremely adverse conditions (strong winds and electrical outage) Phil worked closely with our Forestry crews to remove this oversize tree from the home and provide access for EMS.

Phil McCaughey: Marina Maintenance Worker and Seth Goodwin: Chief Dockmaster
Phil remained at the World's Fair Marina throughout the storm and beyond, where he protected customer and agency vessels, equipment, and infrastructure. After the storm, Phil led the marina staff in a nearly ceaseless four-day scramble to secure the site and repair the extensive damage to docks and electrical infrastructure. In addition to his work on the docks and in the boatyard, Phil towed 35 vessels one-half mile from the unsafe northern area of Pier 3 to re-secure them to the stable docks of Pier 1 so that all customers could return to their vessels by Saturday morning.

After evacuating the 79th Street Boat Basin of its many permanent boating customers, transients, and guests, Seth rode out the duration of the storm safeguarding all customer vessels--at one point rescuing and re-securing two that had broken away from their docks. Seth's labors exceeded the highest expectations of what one person could do to minimize the impact of this devastating storm. His efforts resulted in the marina suffering far less damage than comparative sites, with no damage to any customer vessel.

Robin Wickert: Mounted Sergeant, PEP
Since the days following hurricane Sandy, Sgt. Wickert has worked tirelessly to ensure that Staten Islanders and Parkies had what they needed to carry out a successful recovery. She operated the command bus and acted as a liaison between the Borough and Parks Enforcement, while putting in 14 to 15 hour days and even working from her home (when she could get there).

Manjit Singh: APSW, Daydra Jeffers: Crew Chief, Israel Lozano: CPW, Michael Lett: CPW, Evelyn Hernandez: CPW (all Dist. 18, Brooklyn)
Manjit, Daydra, Israel, Michael, and Evelyn are the backbone of our 24-hour staffing at Brooklyn's Floyd Bennett Field storm debris disposal site. Our staff has been monitoring the loads of debris from tree removal crews that transport to the Floyd Bennett site since the day after Hurricane Sandy hit and will continue to work around the clock until the job is done.

Thank you so much to the featured individuals, as well as to all Parkies who have been working so hard during the storm and recovery efforts. If you have any stories or photos you would like to share, please email them to


“It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret.”

Jackie Joyner-Kersee
(1962 - )

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