Marshall Speech Peppered With Rockaway References
Marshall’s first Rockaway reference came just minutes into her speech.
“I know first hand that providing Quality public education is one of the most fundamental roles of government,” said Marshall, a former teacher and Queens College graduate. She then highlighted the addition of three new schools and more than 2,000 seats for students. One of them is PS 253 in Far Rockaway.
Next, came her plan to “transform a former courthouse in Rockaway into a city university facility.” The Wave first reported in October 2004 that Marshall allocated $3 million in capital funds to the project.
a CUNY-By-The-Sea,” Marshall exclaimed.
During different parts of her address, Marshall also specifically referred to Arverne-By-The-Sea, the effort to preserve the marshes in Jamaica Bay, the annual Rockaway Kite Festival and the Addabbo Health Care Center, which is taking shape in Arverne.
Marshall also mentioned both of Rockaway’s representatives in the City Council. Councilman James Sanders Jr.’s name came up when Marshall addressed the $100 million fund for Queens communities most affected by JFK International Airport.
Sanders was not in attendance.
Councilman Joe Addabbo Jr. was mentioned as Marshall weighed in on ferry service.
Councilman Joseph Addabbo and I have requested that the service to JFK include a stop in the Rockaways so that much needed local ferry service can be implemented at the same time,” she told the audience.
Addabbo was clearly encouraged by the BP’s words.
“Her focus on Rockaway is just that – focused,” he commented after the address. Addabbo also noted Marshall’s repeated references to the community.
Marshall delivered her third State of the Borough at the Queens College Colden Center on Tuesday.