2001-11-24 / Letters

Shame On Schumer

Shame On Schumer

Dear Editor;

This morning, I watched Jim Ryan of Good Day New York on Channel 5 interview Sen. Charles Schumer regarding the Crash of American Flight 587. I am completely annoyed by Mr. Schumer's comments that no airplanes should fly from the western tip of the peninsula to up to Beach 74th St. because it is a densely populated area.

I live on Beach 20th Street and we have to not only endure the airplanes passing over our homes, but the Concord as well. Our houses and windows shake and rattle, especially if they're flying low. We Far Rockaway residents do not want these planes flying over our homes either. We have the same fears like everyone else and if the wind pattern would’ve been different the day of the crash, that plane would've flown over the Far Rockaway side the way they normally do.

The entire peninsula is a densely populated area. Mr. Schumer seems to have forgotten that the Rockaways is not just Rockaway Beach, Rockaway Park, and Belle Harbor but also includes Arverne and Far Rockaway. Far Rockaway is just as densely populated as the western side and maybe more. If this is an issue of "class", then he should be made aware that there are lower, middle and upper class residents on our side of the peninsula. We do have million dollar homes as well over here.

I grieve for all of the passengers on that flight, for the people who were caught on the ground and for the firemen and police who resided in that area and lost their lives at the World Trade Center. I too am a World Trade Center survivor and I saw the horror on Sept. 11th as I barely had time to run out my office building. Mr. Schumer should do some research before he speaks. Otherwise, he will have a tough time getting votes from the "other side" of the Rockaways.
E. ORTIZ


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