1999-07-17 / Editorial/Opinion

Are They Doing Anything?

Not suprisingly, the "A" train was voted the worst subway line in the city recently. This came as news only to those who’ve never had the pleasure of riding this slow, unreliable, dirty line.

Once again, our representatives are put on notice. Councilwoman Juanita Watkins has written to The Wave (this week’s Bag of Mail) responding to a column by Howie Schwach. We hope she’ll respond just a quickly and just as forcefully when we challenge her to do something for Rockaway commuters. Will she join with fellow council member and transportation chair Noach Dear to do something for Rockaway? Just who are suffering on the "A" line? Many of them are Juanita’s constituents. The councilwoman may not have had anything to do with the repeal of the commuter tax but, certainly, her constituents who are commuters find the "A" line very taxing.

Al Stabile signed off on the "airtrain" boondoggle on the Van Wyck in exchange for a ferry feasibility study. He should be seeking private companies ready to fill such a slot. He should be working with congressman, Representative Anthony Weiner, to explore funding for transport needs. Representative Gregory Meeks has, as far as we can tell, never addressed the horribly inadequate access problem of the peninsula.

Although many issues can be debated back and forth for too long this one crucial need is undeniable. There is no time for democrat versus republican division on this. Rockaway is in desperate need of better access . Now.

Come election time, the one question that should be asked of all candidates: how have you helped Rockaway with its number one problem?

The Wave will happily print the replies of our representatives.

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