2001-10-13 / Letters

No Room At The Inn

No Room At The Inn

Dear Editor

Just when one thinks everything is finally falling into place, along comes another fly in the ointment. Joann Ariola is challenging the election results. That part is not so bad even though the election board thinks she is grasping for straws. What is really alarming is the fact that a debate for the candidates has been set up here in Rockaway and the two candidates who are residents of Rockaway, the Green Party’s Robert Curran and myself, the Independence Party candidate, are not allowed to participate. And even more alarming [if that’s possible] our local newspaper The WAVE is not welcome. I beat Joann Areola in the Independence Party primary. I got 65% of the vote. She got 12%. Others got 23%. When I called one of the organizers, Bobbi Hart, 718-634-4973 she told me the debate was only for major candidates. When I told her I never heard of such a thing she suggested I should call Delores Orr, 718-318-1973, "She is the president of our organization," she said. I called Delores Orr on Wednesday October 3rd and she has not returned my call. I sent her a fax the same day, 718-318-5501. So far, no reply. So I guess I will have to picket the debates as I had to do in the primary when I wasn’t welcome. There may be democracy in some areas, but there isn’t very much in Rockaway. Our leaders are willing to trample on democracy in order to keep things the way they are. Maybe we shouldn’t ask why we haven’t elected a candidate from Rockaway since 1932. Or maybe we shouldn’t make the people aware that we are only 5% of the population of Queens, and in that 5% area we have 80% of all the nursing homes of Queens. 60% of all public housing of Queens. 35% of all the health related facilities of Queens. 30% of all the homeless of Queens. We have an average unemployment rate of 20%, five times higher than the national average. We have 28% unemployment among students graduating from high school and college. There are other statistics too numerous to mention in a letter to the editor. Our down slide started about 60 years ago when Staten Island almost waged a civil war against the City of New York because the City of New York was doing even worse to Staten Island what they are now doing to Rockaway. I am fearful that the City of New York got even bigger plans to place the unwanted here. Staten Island has been threatening to secede since 1850 but they were never able to get a charter. There is a charter for Rockaway, passed by the Assembly, amended and passed by the Senate in 1915. The charter is valid. Only legislation can over turn it. We intend to vigorously pursue the implantation of the charter with the approval of the local residents. Only when we unite and demand our rights will we get them. We will hold elections for Rockaway City as soon as we get more statistics. The easy way would be to get the City Council approval. If we don’t we will go to the Federal court. Hopefully the City of New York will start listening to the residents of Rockaway.

JOHN BAXTER

INDEPENDENCE PARTY CANDIDATE, CITY COUNCIL


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