2006-02-24 / Community

Sanders Hosts Open House At Far Rockaway Office

By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor

Sanders’ new Far Rockaway liaison, Beverly McKay, addresses Far Rockaway residents about the previous night’s Town Hall Meeting. Sanders’ new Far Rockaway liaison, Beverly McKay, addresses Far Rockaway residents about the previous night’s Town Hall Meeting. Councilman James Sanders, Jr. held an open house for local residents and community representatives at his Far Rockaway office at 21-23 Birdsall Avenue on February 16. In addition to addressing issues from over a dozen people who attended, Sanders also made several announcements.

The Councilman said he now has the money allocated, and is working with the city, to buy the Thriftway Mall in the Far Rockaway business district.

“I have anchor tenants, including Pathmark,” Sanders said.

Congressman Gregory Meeks also recently announced he has the money needed and was working with the City to purchase the mall. When asked if they are working together Sanders told The Wave, “Of course. If he is working with the City we’ll be working together. Just follow the money.”

Sanders also announced that a longawaited movie theater might be returning to the Rockaways.

“I believe a movie theater is coming to the Rockaways,” Sanders said. “A marina is being built that is part of Arverne By The Sea.”

Councilman Sanders (center) talks about some of the projects he has helped bring to the Rockaways, including $1.3 million for the structurally unemployed, of which RDRC and Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation has received funding and are providing training now. Pictured are Ken Schubert, the manager of the Far Rockaway Library; Bayswater resident Phyllis Rudnick; Sanders; RDRC’s president Linda Plummer; and Gian Jones, the president of the 101 Precinct Community Council. Councilman Sanders (center) talks about some of the projects he has helped bring to the Rockaways, including $1.3 million for the structurally unemployed, of which RDRC and Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation has received funding and are providing training now. Pictured are Ken Schubert, the manager of the Far Rockaway Library; Bayswater resident Phyllis Rudnick; Sanders; RDRC’s president Linda Plummer; and Gian Jones, the president of the 101 Precinct Community Council. In response to rumors that he is seeking to make a run at the seat currently held by Congressman Meeks, Sanders said “It is flattering, but I do not believe you should go on to higher office until you finish the job you started. You first have to keep your promises. If the people want to send you anywhere else, [they will].”

Sylvia Marcaro, the president of the tenant’s league at 7-11 Roy Reuther Houses asked Sanders to address the flooding that takes place on Beach 9 Street. “I will be bringing the DEP to a smaller meeting [than last night’s Town Hall meeting] where we can address concerns,” Sanders told Marcaro and other residents. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg Sylvia Marcaro, the president of the tenant’s league at 7-11 Roy Reuther Houses asked Sanders to address the flooding that takes place on Beach 9 Street. “I will be bringing the DEP to a smaller meeting [than last night’s Town Hall meeting] where we can address concerns,” Sanders told Marcaro and other residents. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg Carolyn Wilson was among the residents who came to Sanders’ open house. Carolyn Wilson was among the residents who came to Sanders’ open house. State Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer pokes her head in as she stops by the Councilman’s open house. State Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer pokes her head in as she stops by the Councilman’s open house.

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