Sanders Hosts Open House At Far Rockaway Office
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.”
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].”