2000-02-19 / Columnists


It's politics as usual when it comes to the state senate campaign for the seat vacated by Senator Al Waldon. Governor Pataki has yet to call for a special election, leading some to speculate whether it is partisan politics at play. It now seems the special election is being pushed into late March or April.

While we're on the topic of the state senate campaign, The Wave received a call from Cynthia Jenkins, a former assemblywoman from Queens who is running for Waldon's vacant seat. She plans to meet The Wave's editorial staff next week, but asked for directions because she's not "familiar" with Rockaway.

Continuing with the political theme, The Wave met with Joseph Addabbo, Jr., last week. Addabbo, son of the late Congressman Joseph Addabbo, plans to make another run for the city council in 2001. Addabbo lost in 1997 against Councilman Stabile, but he made a strong case of why he is prepared to represent Rockaway and its residents.

Congressman Gregory Meeks and U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo recently announced a $600,000 federal grant to revitalize commercial areas and boost retail and private investment in Far Rockaway. It's a step in the right direction…hopefully more federal money will follow.

Father Peter Gillen and 40 Rockawayites are on a pilgrimage to Israel. They left on Monday, February 14 and plan to spend 10 days in the Holy Land.

Flushing Meadows Park will be the new home of a $21 million Olympic size swimming pool. Funny how other parts of Queens can always get what they want before Rockaway does. Hey Congressman Weiner--what about the pool for Riis Park?

Residents of Beach 133 street between Cronston avenue and Beach Channel drive are upset that two streetlights on their block haven't been repaired after five months of calling city agencies and the community board. The absence of the extra light at the corner of the block has almost led to an accident. Residents of the block are now appealing to Councilman Stabile's office for help.

For up-to-date information on the search for a superintendent for School District 27, read this week's "School Scope" column by Howie Schwach. Howie "grades" each of the five candidates on their performance at the forum held on Monday, February 7. The school board will decide on February 28 who is their choice and present the name to the chancellor for consideration.

So much for "CPR" (Courtesy, Professionalism and Respect). One of Rockaway's favorite ticket-writing police officers once again has gone above and beyond the call of duty, ticketing a local merchant's floral delivery truck parked directly in front of the store during Valentine's Day. All you need is love!

Birds, most likely pheasants, have been spotted around the Arverne Urban Renewal Area. The birds are a reddish-brown with long tails, but this beauty of nature is somewhat robbed by the plastic bags hanging in the trees where they land.

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