1999-06-11 / Editorial/Opinion

Let ‘Em Hear It

You can swim on any beach from Labor Day through Memorial Day; you can dive in before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m. on any day through the year. But if you choose to swim on some beaches from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on a beach that doesn’t have lifeguards or is the private domain of the piping plover watch out PEP (Parks Enforcement Personnel). They’ll chase you. And if you don’t comply they’ll probably have you arrested.

So, sometimes swimming is allowed; sometimes it’s not. Sometimes beaches are open and sometimes they’re not. Some beaches have lifeguards, sometimes; some have lifeguards all the time and some never have lifeguards. Some are closed because piping plovers have taken up residency and some are closed because the boardwalk is under (scheduled) repair. Some are closed during the week (no matter how hot it gets) and open on weekends.

We can’t figure it out.

If you’d like to voice your complaint, call Parks Commissioner, Henry Stern at 212-360-1307 or send him a fax at 212-360-1345. Or call Queen Borough President Claire Shulman at 286-3000. We hear these things don’t happen in Brooklyn where that borough’s prez, Howard Golden, stays on top of the boardwalk and the beaches.


He'll Be Missed

Assemblywomen Cummings and Pheffer and State Senator Ada Smith voted to repeal the commuter tax for a variety of reasons. According to a quote attributed to Cummings, she said owes her allegiance to the state as a whole---not her immediate constituents. Pheffer said the city will inevitably need the suburbs help in the future and the burbs will owe us because of the repeal. And what about the commuters from New Jersey and Connecticut? Not surprisingly, those states want the free ride, too. They’ve sued New York so that their commuters don’t get taxed. So Audrey, how will they repay us?

Sadly, we’re losing the one state representative who didn’t vote to repeal the commuter tax: Al Waldon. He’s being tabbed for a judgeship by Governor Pataki. We wish Al well and hope his successor is as loyal to his/her constituents as Al Waldon was.









Let ‘Em Hear It



He’ll Be Missed 

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