2008-07-18 / Letters

Why Not Breezy Point?

Dear Editor,

In response to the recent observation in The Beachcomber asking why the Rockaway Republicans would hold a recent meeting in Breezy Point where parking and access is difficult, I want to note that our group, the Rockaway Republicans, has held meetings all over the peninsula since its start up in 2004. Although our meetings are generally held at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club we do, periodically, seek other venues in order to make ourselves more accessible for residents in different parts of our community.

Our rule of thumb has always been that if people can't get to us, we will go to them. We have held meetings in Far Rockaway in the past, so why shouldn't we also hold them in Breezy? We believe Breezy residents have as much right to participate in the broader political processes of this peninsula as other community residents.

As to the question of access and parking, Jane Deacy, one of two Republican district leaders in the 23rd AD, arranged in advance for both access and parking for attendees. She advises me that she spoke with the Wave's editor in advance about this effort to make sure your newspaper was informed and would let its readers know, as well. Ms. Deacy actually paid for guest parking out of her own pocket and only required that interested participants notify her in advance so that she could arrange the necessary access.

But perhaps the Beachcomber comments had less to do with the access question than with the parking issue in general, a major source of complaint from many on this peninsula. If so, then the issue should be taken up separately and not conflated with the role the Rockaway Republicans play in the area's political life since our group is doing the best it can to increase the possibility of political dialogue and choice in our neighborhoods. We invite all residents of Rockaway to join us in our future meetings to help us rebuild political life and the possibility of electoral competition in our community again. We also invite our friends at The Wave to cover these meetings. Our next is scheduled at The Belle Harbor Yacht Club, which is a Party and Fundraiser for Jerry Sullivan's 23rd State Assembly campaign, which will be held on Thursday, July 24th at 7:30 p.m.

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