From what you've said, it sounds like the most appropriate course of action would be to start some roleplay, perhaps by writing a letter to an official and posting it in the "Rumor Has It" forum, which contains a lot of IC forum RP. If you found a GM who had time for a short interaction with a city official, this too would be okay, though obviously that hinges on catching a GM when they have time for a little impromptu RP. For now, I think that this can be handled without a CDQ likely, unless it was tied to a larger goal like .. oh, I don't know, the beautification of Port Hempstead after the tsunami.
Please also remember that Port Hempstead is undergoing a lot of rebuilding and changes right now, even if they are not always represented in game, due to the damage from when the tsunamis hit the city full on. If you wanted to ask someone about benches in Port Hempstead and what the state of things might be there right now, Pankoki might be a good person to get in touch with.