2007-04-06 / Columnists

Beachcomber

The Health And Hospitals Corporation Board of Directors has approved surrendering the former Neponsit Nursing Home site to New York City. That might sound strange because the HHC is a city agency, but that's the way it works. A spokesperson for HHC told The Wave that the transfer has not yet taken place and might not take place for a while because nobody can figure out how to pay for securing the site and keeping it safe while it is unused. While Democratic District Leader Lew Simon says that he was told by an HHC official that it costs a quarter of a million dollars to safeguard the site each year, there has been no official confirmation of that contention. Which city agency will take over the site and figure out how to use it? Nobody knows. It could go to the Department of Education for a school or sold to a developer for new homes. We would like to see it turned over for a new campus of the City University system. It certainly would be a better choice for a college setting than the old courthouse on Beach 92 Street and Beach Channel Drive.

Here are some more names of those who graduated from Far Rockaway High School in 1957. The reunion committee is looking for them to tell them all about the upcoming 50th reunion to be held in Uniondale in June. If you know how to contact any of these people, please contact Howard Schwach, The Wave's managing editor at 718-634-4000 or by email at editor@rockawave.com . Linda Metz, Helen Meyer, David Moss, Howard Murad, Mary Nafpliotis, Ann Neiman, Charlotte Press, Joan Rabinowizz, Teddy Rothstein, Ann Samuels, Barbara Sansone, Babette Schorr, Judy Seltzer, Eva Seplow, Sandi Silver, Robert Skolnik, Marilyn Smith, Linda Teitelbaum, Linda Tremper, Joan Tushen, Ann Twersky, Eva Weiss, Diane Klein and Rebecca Schimmel. Next week in this space, the names of some who are attending.

Do you think that either of our City Councilmen, Joe Addabbo or James Sanders, give you a million dollars worth of service? That's what it costs to keep each of them in service, banning metal bats and naming streets. One million dollars for each of the 51 councilmembers. Holy bucks! Under a budget approved on Wednesday of last week, the council will spend $54.6 million next year, up nearly 10 percent from last year. That works out to an average of $1,070,754 for each of the members. That includes all of the costs for salary, rent, supplies and the like. There are at present 278 staffers who work for the 51 members, but some have more than others.

The fundraiser that was held at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club for the victims of the Neilson Street fire in early February has been hailed as a success. The event raised approximately $2,000 in cash and gift cards. The money and the cards will be distributed to the needy victims by Father Jim Cunningham from St. Mary's Star of the Sea Church in Far Rockaway. Lots of local businesses and organizations donated to the cause, including Ludwig's Catering, DJ Tubridy and the yacht club.

A few weeks ago, a Wave editor got a parking ticket on Beach 116 Street even though the receipt from the Muni-meter was in the car's window. He fought the ticket and this week received a letter from the Department of Finance offering to reduce the ticket to $26 from $35 if he pleads guilty soon. The letter added that if they didn't hear from the editor then an administrative law judge would look at the evidence and he might have to pay the entire fee. What a gamble! This comes the same week that a Traffic Enforcement Agent goes before a Queens Supreme Court Judge for writing dozens of phony tickets and a tow yard worker is arrested for stealing a GPS device from a car that he had towed on the marshal's orders. What seems to be wrong with this system? The motorist is wrong even when he is right and the city is simply in the business of taxing the public through the summons process. The entire parking ticket process seems to be as corrupt as it was in the days of old.

Congressman Anthony Weiner, who represents the west end of Rockaway, has stepped up his bid for mayor in 2009, sending letters to Democratic power brokers and financers that he plans to hit up for lots of cash to fund his mayoral run. Weiner got some credibility with the Democratic leaders in the last election by dropping out after he had reached second place in the polls to "unify the party" and allow party candidate Freddy Ferrer to get the nomination. He hopes that the move will translate into support for his run when Bloomberg is out of the way and the seat is wide open. Weiner says that his campaign will be for the middle class residents of the city. "At the core, I believe it is too hard for middle class New Yorkers to raise a family in this city," Weiner said in a prepared statement. Of course, this being New York and the Democrats being what they are, the party will probably turn away from Weiner and go to the liberal candidate of the day, who will be guaranteed to lose. Remember Ruth Messinger, Mark Green, Freddy Ferrer?

Talk about being set in stone. Right on the concrete sidewalk on the beach block of Beach 114 Street there is a square that includes both a Swastika, the symbol of Nazi Germany, and the word "Jude," the German word for Jew and a word that many had to wear on their clothing before being sent to the extermination chambers. The symbol of hate and the words have been set in the concrete since it was poured months ago, and residents tell us that many calls were made to 311 about the problem. Nothing, however, has ever been done. We wonder how long the concrete would have remained in place if it were the N-word rather than a Swastika.

In last week's article "Mott Creek, Wins Battle, Loses War"; there was an error in the caption for the accompanying photo. The caption should have read, "Fran Tuccio asks for Councilman James Sanders' help as she shows him the letter Mott Creek residents received from the Commissioner of the Community Assistance Unit in the mayor's office." We are sorry for any inconvenience error may have caused.

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