2002-10-05 / Editorial/Opinion

The People Have The Power

The People Have The Power

The encroachment situation in Arverne is a clear illustration that when people stand together amazing things can happen. All too often, people tend to believe they are powerless. Moreover, many tend to feel that they are at the mercy of a political system, or its representatives, which does not have their best interest at heart. In the case of the Arverne residents, they did not sit back and wait for their elected officials to take action or offer assistance. Instead, the homeowners organized and came up with methods to voice their concern and present the issue to the public. It was only after this point that the elected officials got involved in the crusade to save the property of the homeowners. If more people took it upon themselves to organize and address community issues head on, it would help to set a precedent for many other communities. We place people in office with the hope that they will address our concerns, and we fall into the trap of relying on one or two representatives to come up with solutions to our many problems. We must realize that real power is in the hands of the people, and that can truly makes the difference. If anything is to be learned from the property battle in Arverne, it’s that the City of New York, and its elected officials, will take notice when the community stands as one.


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