2009-01-23 / Community

Thompson Addresses Local Problems

New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. speaks with locals at the Peninsula Hospital Center on Wednesday morning. New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. speaks with locals at the Peninsula Hospital Center on Wednesday morning. New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. came to Rockaway on Wednesday to host a breakfast forum at which he talked about neighborhood concerns such as quality-oflife problems and economic woes. During the hour-and-15 minute discussion at the Peninsula Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation, the Comptroller fielded questions about education, fare hikes, and job losses gripping the city. During the discussion, Thompson criticized proposals to increase fares for those who utilize Access-A-Ride and to post tolls on the East and Harlem, and reasserted his support for renewal of a commuter tax. "The effort to raise fares for New Yorkers who use Access-A-Ride is disgraceful," Thompson said. "When you talk about unfair, that is incredibly unfair."

After his breakfast meeting, Thompson met with The Wave editorial board for more than an hour and a half in a wide-ranging discussion on Rockaway problems and possible solutions.

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