2008-10-31 / Letters

Heartbroken

Dear Editor,

For the past two years, the ad-hoc committee of the Rockaways YMCA pool project has been fighting to get the YMCA built correctly.

The committee fought for an eight - lane pool (Olympic) and an indoor gym. The developers told the good people of the Rockaways it was too expensive and would have to settle for a six-lane lap pool (which 14-16 people can use at one time, that's 3-4 people at each lane at one time). The gym would be an outdoor gym (that's a basketball court in the parking lot).

The ad-hoc committee found the funding necessary to get the YMCA built correctly. It stated that the money was to be used for the communities surrounding the airports. All of out politicians sent letters and signed a petition (Senators Schummer, Clinton, Congressman Weiner, Queens Borough President Marshall, Assemblywoman Pheffer, State Senator Sanders) to get the money released from the Port Authority to help fund the YMCA project. Mayor Bloombergthe Anti-Rockaway Mayor, would not sign for the money to be released.

Mayor Bloomberg killed the deal. The mayor once again turned his back on the Rockaways. He should be reminded that the Rockaways have the highest murder rate in the city of N.Y. The highest unemployment, a high drug problem, the worst transportation, the most violent and underperforming schools in the city, the highest concentration of nursing homes in the city. As everyone knows, the Rockaways have been the dumping ground for the city of New York and when the Mayor gets the chance to make the quality of life better for the hard working people of N.Y., he turns his back on us and our politicians. He pulled a Jimmy Carter of our community. "Drop Dead." That's a disease. The money is not from the city of New York's budget. But, the Mayor still killed our YMCA.

What breaks my heart is that in Coney Island a YMCA is scheduled to be built in 2009. The YMCA is to be built at 29-30 Streets off Mermaid Avenue. The YMCA is slated to be a 40,000-square-foot facility. It is slated to have an Olympic size pool, an indoor gym, classrooms, weight rooms and an indoor track.

How can Coney Island get a first class facility and the Rockaways get a second rate "Y"? They are both slated to be built in 2009.

Our politicians should conduct an investigation on how Coney Island can get the funding and the Rockaways does not.

Something is very wrong and let's find out if it's the Mayor's doing. It is our politicians who should charge the Mayor with an Ethics Violation and the people of Rockaway start a class action lawsuit against the Mayor and the city of New York for discrimination.

It is still not too late to get our YMCA built correctly. Don't give up on the fight!

ROBERT ROONEY

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