2002-05-25 / Letters

Outraged At PSCH Project

Outraged At PSCH Project\

Dear Editor;

I am writing in response to your editorial in the April 20, 2002 edition, regarding PSCH's desire to build an apartment complex with 44 units for persons with psychiatric disabilities.

On August 21, 2001, all of the local elected officials met with former Borough President Claire Shulman and Mr. Farkas, owner of PSCH, to express our outrage regarding this proposal. At the time, Mr. Farkas assured us he would consider our concerns and comments. However, he proceeded with his proposal for Bayswater.

On January 17, 2002, I contacted Governor Pataki detailing our vehement opposition at PSCH's refusal to withdraw their plans for development, and requested his assistance to prevent this devastation from being built. I am enclosing a copy of the letter for you to share with your readers.

In the past six months, Governor Pataki has visited Rockaway, and both times, this development was again discussed, and I again repeated my fervent opposition to this project. I have had many subsequent conversations, correspondence and meetings with Governor Pataki and his staff.

Governor Pataki assured me that he is well aware of the tremendous strides Rockaway's revitalization has taken and the detrimental impact this project would have on our community, and he has pledged to give this matter his full attention.

I will continue to work with Governor Pataki and our local elected officials to prevent this ill-conceived and ill-timed plan from becoming a reality.

I have been, and will remain, committed to fighting against PSCH's plan for development in Bayswater.

AUDREY I. PHEFFER

Member of Assembly


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