2008-05-23 / Letters

The Rockaway Ferry Is The Last Priority

Dear Editor,

With the continuing construction of homes in the Rockaways and thousands of new residents who will reside in them, mass transport by subway and the means of making it faster, safer, and cleaner should be a priority. For some unknown political reason, a ferry boat was chosen to spend a lot of money on so a few elite could possibly adjust to an awkward schedule. But what purpose does the ferry service serve the ever increasing overwhelming majority of the people of Rockaway who live and will live along the long strip of the peninsula from Far Rockaway and beyond, to Rockaway Park. There is no secret that the subway time to Manhattan and Brooklyn can be radically shortened. What is lacking is the political will of all our political leaders who seem to have forgotten that they are servants of the majority, the masses whom they are supposed to represent. Two core questions: has the speed of our mass transit system improved substantially in the past five years? Ten years? 20 years? 30 years? And, why do we continue to vote for our political leaders who have not accomplished anything significant? I can still remember that I traveled by railroad tracks still in existence, but unused, from the 98 Street station to downtown Brooklyn during my four years of high school from 1944 to 1948 in, perhaps, a bit more than 30 minutes. That was more than 60 years ago. Legal and other problems are no true obstacles where there is a political will to serve the people.

BILL ALLEN

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