2002-04-06 / Community

New Hope For Ferry Service

New Hope For Ferry Service

A number of Local elected officials recently met with Arthur Imperatore, Jr., the owner of New York Waterway, one of the largest ferry service providers in the area, at Borough President Helen Marshall's office. The meeting was called to discuss the need for ferry service in Rockaway.

In attendance at the meeting were Senator Malcolm Smith, Assemblywoman Audrey I. Pheffer, Council Member Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., City Council Member James Sanders and a representative of Congressman Anthony Weiner.

"New York Waterways has a proven track record as a provider of reliable, safe and affordable ferry service. That is the type of expertise and experience we are looking for to provide Rockaway's service.

"Rockaway has long suffered from the lack of adequate public transportation to and from the Peninsula. Ferry service is a possible alternative that could provide much-needed relief," stated Assemblywoman Pheffer.

City Councilman Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., who serves on the City Council's Waterfront Committee, added, "I believe a ferry service in Rockaway can be a reality in the foreseeable future. I will continue to aggressively work on this issue until a solution is obtained."

Borough President Helen Marshall stated, "Affordable and reliable ferry service for the Rockaway peninsula is long overdue. With a population of more than 100,000, which will increase with new housing and economic development, improved transportation to and from Manhattan is a must. Other parts of our City already have free service to Manhattan, while Rockaway has no service."

"In the past, I have supported subsidized ferry service to and from Rockaway. As Borough President, I will continue to support the effort to make this vital link in our City's transportation network a reality," concluded Marshall.

New York Waterways committed to review the situation and draft a possible business plan for ferry service in Rockaway.

All in attendance agreed to meet again to tour the service area to appropriately address all outstanding concerns.

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