About three years ago, after my office closed in New York City, at the suggestion of my family, I returned to the Rockaways where I had raised my three children in Bayswater, as well as serving as the President of the Gustave Hartman "Y".
I found the following: virtually nothing had been done to develop the Arverne Urban Renewal Area. According to a recent statement by Parks Commissioner Henry Stern, the Rockaways were suffering from a 22 percent unemployment rate, nearly five times the unemployment rate in the rest of the country and required a closing of about 10 percent of the beaches. The Rockaways lost its only movie house, while adjacent areas did not.
The Rockaways were unable to develop any higher education facilities, in spite of a three hour trip by Rockaway college students to reach college facilities elsewhere.
Therefore, I accuse the political figures in the Rockaways and the City and State of blatantly ignoring their obligations to the people of the Rockaways to develop the economic, educational and recreational status of the people in the Rockaways
I "accuse" and request the people of the Rockaways to voice their objection to "politics as usual," and voice their objections in the coming primary in September 2001 and election in November 2001.