2009-05-22 / Letters

Who Does What?

Dear Editor,

[Dear Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Paterson]

I am not familiar with what in particular each of you and your title represents and what part of our city and state you oversee and have the job of making changes to, however, I watched on Monday, May 11, 2009 the emergency MTA meeting with MTA board member Norman Seabird speaking or should I say addressing Gary Delloverison. Mr. Seabird had mentioned they had been on many luncheons. I say at whose expense? Their personal expense or MTA expense? I do not agree they need a bailout. They should all take a pay cut and shift to a four-day work week. Then there is no loss of jobs and over two years they would accumulate greater funds for whatever reason they are wasting our money on. It is your job as governor and mayor to step in and override these terrible decisions the MTA is still making with New Yorkers' money. And I have another question as to why Rockaway residents have to pay $7.00 to get to JFK Airport one way and we are still for some reason being called a part of Queens when in fact we do not have any conveniences of city and state agencies in our Peninsula. Over by Rockaway Blvd they have local MTA Buses at $2.00 and they can ride right through JFK letting people off at any downstairs gate and can go up and ride the airbus free as long as they don't get off at Howard Beach. They are $2.00 in and $2.00 out as we pay $14.00 round trip and have to get off at Broad Channel and wait ½ hour for a shuttle train. Who do we address to stand up for us? Who do we get to blame? Who is going to lower this fare for Rockaway Residents? Just like the toll fares, we get penalized with heavy fare burdens that other boroughs don't.

COLLEEN DOCHERTY

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