Don't Blame Them, Blame Yourself
I attended the two meetings that were held concerning the reinstatement of the tolls on the Cross Bay Bridge for Rockaway and Broad Channel residents.
At the first meeting, only a handful of residents showed up. At the second meeting (the important Finance Committee Meeting), only three people showed up; myself, representing myself and Lew Simon; Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, representing herself and Assemblywoman Michele Titus; and Joann Shapiro, representing State Senator Malcolm Smith.
This was a complete embarrassment for us and all of the people of Rockaway and Broad Channel. If a toll is charged, the residents of Rockaway and Broad Channel have only themselves to blame.
Where were the rest of our elected officials; "No Show" Joe Addabbo, our councilman, a mainlander, who still collects a salary to represent us; James Sanders, our other Rockaway councilman; Shirley Huntley, the State Senator who represents Broad Channel; US Representative Anthony Weiner, who wants to be our mayor; and US Representative Gregory Meeks, who is too busy running fundraisers at the Super Bowl and in Las Vegas.
And what about our City Council candidates, Frank Gulluscio, a mainlander and "No Show" Joe's sidekick, like all mainland candidates, he probably doesn't and wouldn't care about Rockaway and Broad Channel; and Geraldine Chapey, who still hasn't answered where all the money she got for her van service went. These two didn't show up at either meeting. Then there is Eric Ulrich, another mainlander; and Glen DiResto, who is not a resident of the council district. They didn't show up at the important Finance Committee Meeting. So much for them caring about us, the residents of Rockaway and Broad Channel and the hardship a toll would put on the residents of Rockaway and especially the residents of Broad Channel.
And, I also would like to know why Audrey keeps talking about the "poor" people of Forest Hills who have to pay a toll to go to the beach, as if they use our beaches. She should be concentrating on the people of
Broad Channel who will have to pay a toll to go to theirdoctors, do their food shopping at a supermarket, go to their police station, go to the hospital, take and pick up their children at their Catholic and public schools, and maybe eventually even to worship.