2004-01-30 / Community

REMA Holds First Annual Business Breakfast

Contributing Editor
By Miriam Rosenberg
REMA Holds First Annual Business Breakfast By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor


REMA President Rafael Diaz with Councilman Sanders and Tony BerkelREMA President Rafael Diaz with Councilman Sanders and Tony Berkel

REMA (Rockaway East Merchants Association) held its First Annual Business Breakfast on January 23 at Ginos Pizza in Far Rockaway. Repre sen tatives from RDRC (Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corp.) and the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce joined approximately 50 members of the business community.

Rafael Diaz, of Cornaga Food Plaza and the President of REMA, told his fellow business owners "The beginning of the year signifies a new beginning85new alliances [with each other, the RDRC and the 101st Precinct], new promises and new hopes.

"My promise as a merchant is to make Rockaway a safe and great place to shop, because there is no reason to go elsewhere.

"The new is hope that we, as merchants, will take an active role in the economic improvement of Far Rock away because there’s so much activity going on especially with housing.


Allan Postman, VP of REMA (left) Mac Locks and Tony Berkel, of the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation pose with Captain Walter Salowski, the Commanding Officer of the 101 Precinct.Allan Postman, VP of REMA (left) Mac Locks and Tony Berkel, of the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation pose with Captain Walter Salowski, the Commanding Officer of the 101 Precinct.

"We have to start getting ready for that influx of people. We have to all band together, and you have to try to make Rockaway the best place to come shop."

Also there to show their support, were State Assemblywomen Audrey Pheffer and Michele Titus, City Coun cilman James Sanders, Jr., District 14 Manager Jonathan Gaska and Cap tain Walter Salowski of the 101st Precinct.


Pastor Leslie Mullins of the Community Church of the Nazarene and State Assemblywoman Michele Titus share notes after the breakfast.Pastor Leslie Mullins of the Community Church of the Nazarene and State Assemblywoman Michele Titus share notes after the breakfast.Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, RDRC’s Executive Director Curtis Archer, Det. Willie Olmeda and Capt. Walter Salowski (101st Precinct) pause for a photo before the meeting part of the breakfast begins. Pheffer said she’d like to see the shopping area in Far Rockaway returned to the way it was “when some of us moved here, maybe, 45 years ago like I did.”Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, RDRC’s Executive Director Curtis Archer, Det. Willie Olmeda and Capt. Walter Salowski (101st Precinct) pause for a photo before the meeting part of the breakfast begins. Pheffer said she’d like to see the shopping area in Far Rockaway returned to the way it was “when some of us moved here, maybe, 45 years ago like I did.”

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