2002-01-26 / Editorial/Opinion

They Cannot Ignore Us Any Longer

They Cannot Ignore Us Any Longer

In the months that have passed, Rockaway has been catapulted into the media spotlight. The fact that we lost 70 residents of the community in the World Trade Center attack made us the subject of many features in the daily papers and television news shows. The crash of Flight 587 provided us with even greater exposure and emotional duress, and The Wave became the lead correspondent for news agencies all over the world. Soon after, there were two visits from Governor Pataki; wild dog attacks; an announcement on a proposed change of flight patterns over the Rockaway peninsula, and an acknowledgement from Mayor Bloomberg, all of which provided even more focus on our community. There is no doubt that the Rockaways hold a special significance for many in and outside of the country, and based on the Email that have come into our office, they will be continuing to follow what transpires in the area. Although the exposure came as result of harrowing catastrophes, people in the media, government and society have become very familiar with a place called The Rockaways.


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