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It’s Your Forum! Community Dialogue This Tuesday

It’s Your Forum!
Community Dialogue This Tuesday

Residents of the Rockaways and Broad Channel will have an opportunity to speak out on various issues affecting their neighborhoods at a Community Dialogue sponsored by The Wave and Chamber of Commerce of the Rockaways on Tuesday, October 24. This forum, which will be held at Beach Channel High School, 100-00 Beach Channel drive, will bring together residents from across the peninsula, elected officials, and candidates for local office. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the program will promptly start at 7:30 p.m.

Local elected officials that are up for re-election and that have agreed to participate in the "Dialogue" include: Congressman Anthony Weiner, State Senator Malcolm Smith, Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, and Assemblywoman Pauline Rhodd-Cummings. Candidates challenging the above mentioned officials who have agreed to participate include: Councilman Noach Dear, Cynthia Jenkins, Anthony Stasi and Michael Duvalle.

Councilmembers Al Stabile and Juanita Watkins, Congressman Gregory Meeks and State Senator Ada Smith were also invited to be guests of the "Dialogue". Senator Smith, who represents Broad Channel, declined the invitation, stating she "does not represent Rockaway" and would not attend an event held in Rockaway.

The first part of the program will include five panelists asking questions of the eight participants. Representing The Wave will be John McLoughlin and Joan Ward George; representing the Chamber will be John Lepore and Steven Wolf; and representing Beach Channel High School will be a student from the leadership class. The panelists will focus on five topics: Education, transportation, environment, economic development, and ethics/accountability.

The second half of the program will be open to the public to ask questions directly to the elected officials and candidates.

"This is a great opportunity for the residents of Rockaway and Broad Channel to have their voices heard," said Wave Publisher Leon Locke. "The Wave and Chamber of Commerce, two establishments that represent the Rockaways and Broad Channel, have embarked on this collaborative project to bring our elected officials closer to the people. We look around and see what our community has and what others have around the city and we say, ‘What about us.’ This Community Dialogue will give us an opportunity to hold our elected officials accountable, as well as hear the candidates running for these seats."

Liz Sulik, president of the Chamber, said, "I believe the next two years will be critical for the Rockaways, particularly in the areas of economic development, education, transportation and environment.  This ‘Dialogue’ is a forum for all Rockawayites, standing together before our politicians as one voice, to address these vital issues and set a standard of accountability."

Beach Channel High School’s student leadership class will also be participating in the public questioning part of the program, addressing such issues as education and youth activities.

The Wave and Chamber urge all residents, civic leaders and representatives of community organizations to attend this Community Dialogue on Tuesday, October 24 at Beach Channel High School.

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