2001-12-01 / Letters

Belle Harbor Run Around

Belle Harbor Run Around

Dear Editor;

Tuesday afternoon I left my home on 134th Street to get a loaf of bread and an over the counter medicine from 129th. At each entry to the block, a cop would tell me that the stores were closed, but since I was local, if I went to the next street, I could get in. After virtually circling the area, don’t ask me how but I got in. Guess what? The cops were lying. The stores were open and suffering from no business. I met many other locals who had to walk to 116th Street to get provisions.

Who gave us the run around was not those beat cops. Somebody above them gave them orders. "To hell with the locals, let’s make our job easy. Who cares if the merchants go broke. We’ll be out of here in a couple of days and we’ll get our coffee and donuts elsewhere."

Whoever that person is, we’ll never get to meet him. He is shrouded in the bureaucracy.

It’s the same game as they play with us with the FAA and Kennedy. Now many of us have called the FAA begging them to take the SST further down the bay, so they can gain more altitude before crossing the peninsula? We get some admitted flunky who after repeated calls, admits he’s only a buffer to the powers that be.

Well it’s time we say enough of the run around. Someone, a real person, sent the air traffic up the bay for a day and a half after the crash. By Wednesday afternoon we were all ducking again right up ‘til midnight when I finally fell asleep.

No more buffers. No more run arounds. The people of this community are owed a face to face with the powers that be. I think that person should be available to and accountable to each and everyone of us.

Will it happen? Not if we don’t force the issue. How about we enlist as many folks from here and around the country to flood the airlines reservation phone lines and Internet servers so they can’t get reservations? All of a sudden faceless decision makers will become visible. Is this going to be necessary?

FRANK MCCARTHY


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