2009-05-29 / Letters

Rockaway Should Be A Borough

Dear Editor,

I am amazed at all the concern over same-sex marriage. I mean now most unions, medical all do recognize them. 1199 does but doesn't recognize heterosexual couples that live together on medical even when they have children together. Why is that? I do really think Governor Paterson and Mayor Bloomberg have their work cut out for them and stop blaming anybody around them just because they are running again. While you're trying to please everyone, could you please consider making Rockaway Beach, NY its own borough, then maybe we would have city and state agencies here since we seriously have enough people. Then also maybe we could have a college and would be able to benefit from some serious funding that apparently goes away to the other side of Queens and beyond JFK Airport? We don't have a VA office here for veterans and their families and legal aid one night a week. Based in Peninsula Hospital Center? Rockaway Beach still is being slighted in many ways! Over two hours to get to the DMV or courthouses that are so far away; two to three hours by public transportation? And Rockawayites are always being told what all the city and state officials are doing for us? Excuse me, Letters you Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Paterson and our supposed borough president, district manager, our New York senators, councilmen, assembly members, U.S. reps - we need some answers, as well as some big changes in Rockaway Beach, N.Y. So please respond back in The Wave. We want to know why has this neglect of Rockaway gone on so long when we look to all of you to represent us and expect the best for our growing peninsula. That's why Rockaway should become a borough with all it's own representation. How do we do this? Now we all have supported you. Show you are supporting our Rockaway.

COLLEEN DOCHERTY

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