2008-12-12 / Letters

Mayor Mike, Leave Us Alone

Dear Editor,

It is difficult to forget the number of years and reasons and people invested in eliminating the toll on the Cross Bay Bridge (CBB). Walter Ward, Ann Barbarra, Lew Simon with a dash of Sy and Gerdi thrown in for good measure plus the marching voter/residents all threw their bodies in front of the train that is baloney politics. So, the state is broke as are the city and country and a whole bunch of institutions within the country and state and city. Correct me if I'm wrong, but, the only way it seems to get our city back on solid economic footing is to replace the toll on the CBB.

It doesn't matter that our third largest employer, Neponsit Home, was closed in a midnight raid that ranks with the most sinister terrorist plots. It doesn't matter that the Mayor is threatening to hurt Rockawayites further by placing tolls on the East River Bridges and raising existing ones. It doesn't matter that the same mayor who must think we all have commuter jets that fly us off to our weekend retreats in Bermuda wants to further penalize us by instituting congestion pricing. If you are not counting, that amounts to three additional taxes on Rockawayites who drive into the City and zero if you are a Manhattan resident.

If you are a student of politics you must have certainly figured out how this scheme to make our wallets lighter works. The mayor proposes three new taxes and a toll raise; we wind up with one and a toll raise and think we won. It's like when LIPA asks for a 15 percent rate hike and we respond with outrage, they get 7 percent and

we celebrate. Please don't fall for this anymore. Hello!

Wasn't the toll on the Marine Parkway Bridge (MPB) supposed to be eliminated when the bridge was paid off? Before you know it, Rockaway will be a two-fare zone once again. Where is the outrage?

How much more can we take? Where are our elected officials going to bat for us? I am sick of their apologies and inaction when they are the bottom line between us and financial disaster. Hey, Mayor, do you want to save some money? How about abolishing the City Council? How about abolishing the Borough Presidents offices and all? Do you want to create some income? How about reinstituting the commuter tax, tacking another dollar a month onto cell phone bills and taking voluntary contributions from private schools and religious institutions that are real estate tax exempt? How about issuing bonds at decent interest rates to those of us who have any money left? These are tough times and they call for tough measures. However, the measures must be shared equally by everyone who lives in and uses our city.

I have one more bone to pick with Mayor Mike, the financial wizard. How could you have possibly subsidized two new baseball stadia without putting a retractable roof on at least one? How could you have allowed these stadia to be built, then stand by and watch the team owners license the seats the taxpayers are already subsidizing? Did that give you a good laugh? We all know the stadia were built for the elite with luxury boxes the old ones lacked. How did the Mayor allow Ebbets, er, Citifield to cut down the number of fair priced seats, eliminating Joe Six Pack from bringing his kids to the game his father brought him to a generation ago?

Our Mayor is living in rarified air. Instead of building us up in these difficult times, he's ripping us apart. Tax some of your wealthy socialite City friends, Mayor Mike, and leave us alone.


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