2002-11-16 / Letters

We’re Victimized Every Day

We're Victimized Every Day

Dear Editor;

I am a resident of Belle Harbor, Queens, site of last year's AA587 crash.

Without sounding too insensitive, my neighbors and I are being victimized once again because of this tragedy. My heart goes out to those who lost relatives and friends in this crash, but we here in Belle Harbor also suffer.

The latest reason for this is that we are being required to move our cars off the streets surrounding the crash site from midnight Monday through noon Tuesday. We have also been told that there will be no vehicular traffic allowed on our streets during this time. While this does not sound like an earth shattering experience, think of all those who will be inconvenienced. Workers who work the 12-8 shift will not be permitted to come home. Those that work from 9-5 will not be permitted to leave. School children will not have bus service to school that day.

We here in Belle Harbor have been victimized every day since the crash by the lack of interest by our local politicians in getting JFK departing flights to avoid flying over our heads. My wife watched flight 587 as it crashed only 200 feet away. Since that unfortunate day, she, along with countless others from our neighborhood, has suffered from PTSD. We have petitioned our political representatives to get the planes diverted, but to no avail. Now we are told for the period that the memorial service is being held in our neighborhood, we will be a "no fly zone." How come they can do that for people who do not live in this neighborhood, but not for those who are victims every day? We here in Belle Harbor are also trying to get our lives back on track after this unfortunate circumstance, but we seem to be the forgotten ones.


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