Addabbo Out As Parks Chair
City Councilman Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., who represents the west end of Rockaway, has voluntarily removed himself as the chairperson of the council's Parks Committee to take over the chair of the more prestigious Civil Service and Labor Committee.
"This was not an easy decision on my part," Addabbo told The Wave. "I was really reluctant to give up the Parks Committee when Speaker [Gifford] Miller asked me to."
Miller asked Addabbo to take over the Civil Service and Labor Committee in the wake of the removal of Alan Jen nings, who has been brought up on charg es by the city.
While Addabbo will remain as a member of the Parks Committee, Mill er appointed Bronx Council woman Helen Foster (whose father, Wendell Foster, had once chaired that committee) to take the chair.
In his new role, Addabbo will be responsible for the city's contracts with its unionized workers, for collective bargaining with the city's unions and with related issues such as fair and equal opportunities for all workers.
"This is a major league assignment," Addabbo said.
The councilman said that he would still address parks issues even though he is giving up the committee chair.
"I have recently spoken with Com missioner Adrian Benepe about the beach rules," Addabbo told The Wave. "The first push will be to change the personal property rule, and then we will work on the other problems."
He also said that the State Assembly's Health Committee will probably come up with a change to the law that will allow surfing in Rockaway sometime this year.
"The city's corporation council told me that he would approve a plan as soon as the state law is in place," Addabbo said.