2003-11-07 / Community

Rockaway Park Residents Install New Directors

Rockaway Park Residents Install New Directors


Resident Joe Hartigan addressed the membership about his extensive research into a possible commuter ferry service from Rockaway to Manhattan.Resident Joe Hartigan addressed the membership about his extensive research into a possible commuter ferry service from Rockaway to Manhattan.

The Rockaway Park Residents and Homeowners Association recently held its regular monthly meeting at The Beach Club. On the agenda were presentations by Lt. John Hanning, Narcotics Officer of the District Attorney’s office who addressed the general membership on its efforts regarding problem houses in our area. Organization President Edward D. Re Jr. discussed Property Redistricting and how to make formal complaints by the use of correct terminology.

Congressman Anthony Weiner spoke about emergency evacuation routes and the need to post more signs throughout our area. He also informed the membership on the allocation of funds for the installation of rock jetties along the beaches. "Sand replenishment alone is simply not sufficient. When we have a severe storm like we’d seen with Isabella, much of the replenished sand that we had on our beaches ends up in Breezy Point," stated the Congressman. He is advocating for the construction of rock jetties to help keep the beaches from receding. Weiner was most proud of his efforts and announced, to thunderous applause, that the noisy and bothersome trans-Atlantic flights of the Concorde that have long flown over our air-space would now be a thing of the past.

Committee member Joe Hartigan, who has done extensive research on the viability of ferry service, insisted that with the expected increase in our population, the supply and demand for alternative forms of transportation such as ferry service must be met. Barbara Hillary, President of the newly formed Arverne Action Committee, discussed the need for more collaboration among the various civic organizations; and stated that what happens in Arverne effects residents in Belle Harbor, and the need to hold our elected officials more accountable for the decisions they make on the community’s behalf.

The Rockaway Residents and Homeowners Association has grown over the past several years to a committed membership of over six hundred and fifty, thanks to the efforts made by its President Edward D. Re Jr., First V.P. Bernie Warnock, Second V.P. Mary Lenihan, Membership V.P. John Lenihan, and Secretary Chun Tom. The organization installed to its Board of Directors: D. Brian Heffernan, local Real Estate Broker; and Chun Tom, proprietor of The Rockaway Perfume Shop.   


Newly installed to the board of directors are local merchant Chun Tom (right) and real estate broker D. Brian Heffernan.Newly installed to the board of directors are local merchant Chun Tom (right) and real estate broker D. Brian Heffernan.

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