2000-01-15 / Letters

Clear Up Misconceptions

Dear Editor;

Regarding Short Takes in the January 8, 2000 edition let me clear up a few misconceptions. Howard Schwach states that a column only has to be factual, not malicious and convey the opinion of the writer.

If Howard would have taken the same time with the association members as he did with District Manager Jon Gaska he would have found that most of the bungalows are not crumbling but have been restored and well maintained. The renovations and restorations still continue as part of any revitalization process. I do agree that our area needs improvement and approximately 10 percent of the bungalows numbering 10 to 15 have been left to deteriorate by speculators and slum landlords, a condition that exists throughout Rockaway. We have not received any assistance from Jon Gaska to help us improve conditions in our area. A recent example being a broken cement walk to Beach Street and mounds of dirt and large wholes at the end of Beach 25 Street that have been a hazard to the community for over two years.

Most of the residents are not on public assistance and have an income level equal to or above the $29,664 stated in his column. In fact, Jon Gaska did not reveal the range of income to qualify for the Wavecrest Gardens extension subsidized housing project, which target population has an income of less than $10,000 a year and is on some city, state or federal program and on the waiting list for public housing. He also did not reveal that New York State will purchase the extension from Goldfarb Properties for approximately 16 million dollars and operate it for 15 years through Margert Community Corporation.

Mr. Gaska has also stated that the minutes are kept for a three year period and hence do not exist. I have checked with other community boards and the minutes are stores by the city therefore Community Board 14 minutes do exist.

Community board district manager is an employee of the City of New York and serves at the pleasure of the board and must implement policies set by the board and deliver services to the community. He has never acted to assist and help our community but puts all his efforts in undermining the area as evident in his tour with Mr. Schwach.

The association has worked tirelessly to improve deteriorating conditions which is so prevalent on the Rockaway peninsula and we need the support of the board, the politicians and district manager. All of us who reside here in Rockaway want to see improvement, and we should work together for that goal.

RICHARD GEORGE

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