2005-01-14 / Community

Public Speaks On $100 M Capital Fund

City Council representatives from the communities that will share in a $100 Million fund – as part of the Port Authority’s airport lease agreement – held a meeting in Flushing last week so the public could speak out on how the money should be spent. The entire Rockaway peninsula is eligible to share in part of the money. Photo: City Councilman Joe Addabbo Jr. (holding microphone) calls for the money to be spent on economic devel-

opment and the environment. Councilman James Sanders Jr. (standing), who chairs the Airport Community Advisory Board, moderated the meeting attended by Borough President Helen Marshall (left), Councilmen John Liu (second from right) and Hiram Monserrate (right) and

Jonathan Gaska, Community Board 14 District Manager, said Rockaway’s take should go towards transportation, economic development and the Far Rockaway Shopping Center. He added that only the communities directly affected should share the fund. “This shouldn’t turn into ‘every community gets a piece of the pie,’” he said. Joe Hardigan (seated in audience), the only other speaker from Rockaway, called for a ferry service that would link the entire city with the airports.
Jonathan Gaska, Community Board 14 District Manager, said Rockaway’s take should go towards transportation, economic development and the Far Rockaway Shopping Center. He added that only the communities directly affected should share the fund. “This shouldn’t turn into ‘every community gets a piece of the pie,’” he said. Joe Hardigan (seated in audience), the only other speaker from Rockaway, called for a ferry service that would link the entire city with the airports. others.

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