2000-11-11 / Letters

Haven’t Seen One Cent

Dear Editor;

I would like to respond to Mr. Stasi’s letter last week regarding the repeal of the commuter tax.

Mr. Stasi, as I type this letter, the election has not yet occurred and I don’t know whether you won or lost the but, according to you, the city lost $400 million due to the fact that Audrey Pheffer and the State Assembly repealed the commuter tax. According to you, Queens would have received about one quarter of that or $100 million, which could have done a lot for Rockaway.

If as Audrey supposedly said, "the city has plenty of money," and you are asking where is our share, my question is, where did the money go in previous years when the tax was collected? Our Republican Governor and Republican Mayor never brought any of it here as far as I know, and I’ve lived in Rockaway all of my life. I don’t believe our governor has ever been to Rockaway and the only time the mayor seems to appear is on St. Patrick’s Day. That’s fine, but what about the other 364 days of the year when we’re completely off his radar screen.

And while we’re at it, why should people have to pay to come into New York City from Long Island, and the surrounding areas? You think maybe we should start issuing passports? Think of all the money we would collect and not have to share with the rest of the state.

SHARON GABRIEL


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