2005-01-28 / Community

Parking Advocate Meets With DOT Commissioner

One of the founders of the Coalition Against No Parking Any Time Signs (CANPAS) met recently with Department of Transportation Queens Commissioner Constance Moran.

CANPAS and its founder, Belle Harbor resident Daniel Ruscillo, has long been active in the fight to do away with the restrictive parking restrictions enacted last year on Rockaway Beach Boulevard between Beach 126 and Beach 139 Streets.

According to a spokesperson for CANPAS, Commissioner Moran informed Ruscillo that she is “well aware” of the parking issues existing in Rockaway. She said that she had visited this area two weeks prior to their phone conversation in early January.

In that conversation, Moran reportedly acknowledged having received correspondence from residents within the community who were working with the coalition as well as photos submitted by Ruscillo that indicated that parking is possible on Rockaway Beach Boulevard despite the construction of the central malls. The Commissioner told Ruscillo that she would be coming to Rockaway, along with representatives from the Department of Highway Design and Construction in order to directly address this situation.

There was no indication as to when and where this discussion or meeting would take place. Moran, however, did mention that the meeting would take place “perhaps by the end of January.”

She reportedly said that some sort of compromise could probably be reached and that one major concern of hers was the “revitalization of Rockaway.”

Ruscillo said that his organization is looking forward to meeting with Commissioner Moran and the DDC representatives and he hopes to be given an opportunity to directly address the ongoing parking problem that is exacerbated in the winter months.

Moran also reportedly stated that there would be a preliminary meeting with District Manager Jonathan Gaska of Community Board 14, the agency that originally approved the no parking plan more than three years ago.

Ruscillo said that he asked that CANPAS be invited to attend any meeting on the parking issue. He said that Moran told him that she is not able to arrange who is present at any community board meeting, and advised Ruscillo to contact the Board.

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