Meeks Discusses Convention Experience With Wave
By Miriam Rosenberg
Just two days after the conclusion of the Democratic National Convention in Boston, Congressman Gregory Meeks of the Sixth Congressional District, took time to speak with The Wave about his experiences at the convention as he attended the Annual Function for the Junction Picnic at Bayswater Park.
Meeks was one of the first Democrats from Queens to support Senator John Kerry for president, and he had the unusual honor of speaking twice at the convention.
“I couldn’t help but think of all the people of the Sixth Congressional District,” said Meeks about thoughts during his two speeches at the convention. “It was an opportunity to address the convention on issues [important to us].”
Meeks was in the Fleet Center on the night of Kerry’s acceptance speech and later joined Kerry, Vice Presidential nominee John Edwards, their families and party luminaries on stage to celebrate the successful convention.
“I believe that he hit a homer,” Meeks said of Kerry’s acceptance speech. “ He did us proud, and I’m going to work hard to make him the next president.”
As reported in The Wave last week, Meeks has become one of Kerry’s trusted campaign advisors. What exactly does it mean to have a representative from the Rockaways have the ear of someone who may become the 43rd president of the United States?
“It would be easier to get attention for local issues and needs of our community,” explained Meeks, about having someone from Far Rockaway have an open door to the Oval Office.
It means that he can discuss such things as the mosquito problems that face residents each summer. This year those living in Arverne can relate all too well as they are kept in their homes by huge mosquitoes plaguing the area.
Meeks said that one solution would be getting the Army Corps of Engineers to help solve the problem.
Other issues such as the Rockaway’s infrastructure are also on Meeks list of things that could be helped by being close to the occupant of White House.
In his speech to those at the picnic, Meeks announced that residents would soon be seeing a new community center and better health care center built. He also urged everyone to come out and vote for the Kerry/Edwards ticket in November.