2005-05-13 / Community

Public Advocate to Support Community Efforts

Erin J. Bennett, Community Liaison in the office of Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum, will address community concerns at a meeting of the Citizen Action Team (CAT) for Rockaway on Monday May 16. The meeting will be held at the On Our Way Learning Center, 264 Beach 19 Street at 7 p.m. The center has an enclosed parking lot and is opposite St. John’s Hospital.

At a previous  meeting, CAT members brought the Public Advocate’s office up to date on the beach and boardwalk access problem, the need for improved rapid transportation for Rockaway and South Queens and the deplorable conditions of Rita Stark’s almost abandoned Far Rockaway Shopping Center. The lack of community facilities for youth resulting in overcrowding of the Far Rockaway library was also discussed. Representatives of civic groups, tenant groups, parent associations and local businesses are invited to present their concerns. The Public Advocate’s office has agreed to work with the community to find a solution for community problems.

The Citizen Action Team was formed in 1994. It was recently reactivated as a result of community requests. Al Moore and Isaac Parseet are Co-Chairs. Norman Silverman, a founding member of the group, urges all Rockaway residents to see that they participate or at least are represented at these meetings. “If we cannot get results from the city administration in an election year, we will be ignored for another four years.” he said.

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