2003-10-10 / Columnists

On The Beach

With Beverly Baxter
On The Beach With Beverly Baxter

I am personally delighted to report to you that on September 25, The New York City Council Parks Committee, Chaired by our Councilman Joe Addabbo, approved an additional seventy-seven street name-changes throughout the five boroughs. On September 30th, there was a general session of the City Council and all fifty members voted and approved all those names who were submitted. Among those names approved to be memorialized with a street name is my beloved friend, the late James Conway Sullivan. As many of you know, Jimmy passed away in December of 2001; and although he was not among the so many Rockaway heroes who perished in the World Trade Center Attack, Jimmy was considered in many ways to be a hero within the Irish community. With his founding of The Queens County Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and Cultural Committee, of which he served as its President for nearly three decades; his benevolence in fundraising for a myriad of important Irish causes; as well as his position on the District 27 School Board to hire many from within the Irish community, he was a passionate and courageous Activist and a gracious friend to many.

Therefore, it is quite appropriate that a portion of our Parade route, along Rockaway Beach Boulevard between Beach 102 and Beach 108 Streets be named James Conway Sullivan Way. The Sullivan family will announce a date for the unveiling ceremony of which Councilman Addabbo will officiate. "This is perhaps the most endearing part of my job as serving my district as a City Councilmember. We receive much criticism from the daily newspapers belittling the City Council’s function as merely officiating the changing of street names. However, if you speak with those families who have lost loved ones, memorializing them in the form of a street name in their honor is most important to them," states Councilman Addabbo. The Councilman knows on a very personal level just how important these dedications are to the families as The Addabbo Bridge was named for his late father, Congressman Joseph P. Addabbo who served this district for many years. The Councilman also informed me that he is working the Department of Transportation to somehow reconfigure the parking slips, without losing any parking space, along Beach 116 Street so that basic cleaning machinery can enter and clean the slips. I happen to like very much the "Adopt-A-Parking Slip" idea proposed by Mr. James Murray in his Letter to the Editor in last week’s edition of The Wave. It’s a practical and cost-effective idea that could work in very much the same way as the Adopt-A-Highway program where corporations or individuals from the private sector commit to the maintenance of a particular section of a roadway. I’m certain that there are many local businesses and civic organizations that would eagerly adopt an Adopt-A-Parking Slip if such a program were implemented. No, I don’t think that would mean you get to adopt your own parking spot!

Another initiative proposed by the City Council is for the MTA to take over operation of private Bus Companies like the Green Bus Line. According to Joe, the Council’s Committee on Transportation met on Thursday, October 2 to discuss this proposal, which could potentially affect the daily lives of thousands of commuters.

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