Bravo! Mr. G-man for bringing out some interesting points in your interview with Mark Green. In your column of July 28, three important statements were made that bear repeating: "There is division in the Rockaways;" "We have been overlooked by our representatives on both state and local level;" and "Communities are too fragmented and the West and East ends of Rockaway are proof of this."
May I add some very pertinent information which addresses why these conditions exist and will continue to exist unless a major change takes place?
The Rockaways, a barrier island, has been unconstitutionally gerrymandered. The cutting up of Rockaway was not done for the well being of its residents but instead for the benefit of our politicians.
As is well known to its residents, the Rockaways, from the eastern end to the western end is a peninsula and as such has innumerable problems, which are alien to the mainlands to which either end of the peninsula is attached. Namely, the eastern end to Laurelton, Springfield Gardens, Rosedale and the western end to Howard Beach and Ozone Park.
By attaching each end of the peninsula to separate much larger mainland areas, our residents have no voice and certainly no power in issues that affect us. Our representatives as a means of self-preservation listen to and work hardest for their largest group of constituents – those who are located off the peninsula. We can wish for the sun, the moon and the stars but as long as we remain divided, we have no power and politicians know this. The Rockaway Peninsula must be reunited with one representative for all of us. One who knows our unique problems and who will focus on these alone and put Rockaway’s interests above others off the peninsula.
A united front made up of many voters with common goals gives Rockaway the power to get things done.