West End Realty and Condor Pest Control united to pay the insurance on RDRC’s GEM car. Barbara Morris of West End Realty is seen behind the wheel of the car. Her husband is seated next to her.
As part of its Clean Energy Initiative, LIPA donated five electrically powered GEM cars to local agencies in Far Rockaway at a ceremony at Bayswater Park on September 14. The recipients were Peninsula Hospital Center, Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corp. (RDRC) and the New York City Parks Department.
“We believe at LIPA in alternative fuels,” said LIPA Chairman Richard M. Kessel, who explained that using electric cars will contribute to a cleaner environment in the Rockaways.
Attending the dedication of the GEM cars were Jonathan Gaska (District Manager of Community Board 14), State Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, LIPA Chairman Richard M. Kessel, Curtis Archer (Executive Director of RDRC) and Liz Sulik (Peninsula Hospital). Peninsula Hospital and the Parks Department each received two cars, while RDRC received the other.
Kessel also announced that he wants to make a “green park” in the area as has been done in Suffolk County.
“I want to come back in the spring and dedicate a park somewhere in the Rockaways to further show our commitment to the people and its environment,” concluded Kessel.
Saying that he can’t wait to see the GEM cars driving around the Rockaway community, Jonathan Gaska (District Manager of Community Board 14) said that the two cars donated to the Parks Department was much needed since the agency faces budget cuts every year.
|Pheffer gets buckled in as Kessel prepares to take her on a ride around Bayswater Park in one of the cars. Pheffer said that the use of alternate fuel and the GEM cars are a means of making sure that the Rockaway environment stays clean.