2008-03-07 / Editorial/Opinion

Snub Bad For Rockaway, Worse For Mayor

You could tell right away that Mayor Mike Bloomberg wasn't at Beach 129 Street and Newport Avenue at 1 p.m. on Saturday for the beginning of the Rockaway St. Patrick's Day Parade. There were no reporters, no television cameras jockeying for position. The only media present were a Wave photographer and another shutterbug from the Daily News, who was more interested in the Irish flags than in the beginning of the parade. For the first time since he has been mayor, Bloomberg was a no-show. Bloomberg sent his regrets to parade organizers, saying that he couldn't make it this year. His office says that a parade appearance was never on his calendar, but many locals believe that he was a noshow because they had threatened to snub him due to of his failure to provide the funds necessary to expand the planned YMCA. Some locals said they would turn their backs on the mayor as he passed by. Others promised to carry signs and yell out to the mayor as he passed. He did not show. Some say it was because of the threats. His office says he had other things to do. He did march the following day in the Sunnyside parade. His absence was bad for the community, which lost lots of citywide television attention because the mayor was not here. It was bad for the mayor, as well, however, because he showed once again that it's his way or the highway. That's not the way for politicians to act.

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