2009-10-23 / Letters

Pulling the Switcheroo

Dear Editor,

The race for mayor is catching its second wind. In the land where all men are created equal, the only equality that can be divined about the mayoralty contest is, well, never mind. Before you, the voter, flick the switch for your favorite candidate or the one who gets your vote by de - fault, it would be wise to consider events of the last few years. Permit the following true story: Only the names have been changed for the protection of their privacy.

Multiple years ago this person we shall call Ted was hospitalized in Manhattan at NYU Hospital. His wife, Ann, saw their children off to school, drove into the city spending until 1:30 at Ted's bedside, returned home, collected the children and drove back to the hospital where they stayed until visiting hours were over.

This routine was followed for almost six weeks; and, as a matter of course, was expensive. Between gas oline, bridge toll (four times) and parking (twice), those hospital trips put quite a dent in Ann and Ted's bank account. Breaking down the cost of a round trip at $2.75 x 2 for our bridge, $45 for parking and $8.00 for gasoline, then multiplying the sum by two, ($117 per day) such a onerous total would seem to create quite a financial burden for any New York family with the exception of the Mayor, Himself.

Last year, Mayor Bloomberg, in his quest to compensate for the tax short fall, tried to strong arm two "taxes" through the city council that would have set Ann and Ted on their financial butts. Those two money suckers were Congestion Pricing and East River Bridge tolls. As if Ann's daily commuting costs were not high enough at $117, the addition of $24 for two congestion pricing fees and $22 for four East River Bridge tolls would push Ann's twice daily treks to $163. The figure is staggering when you multiply it by the number of days Ted spent in the hospital ($163 x 42= $6,846).

Let us take the above scenario and depict Ted and Ann as living in Man - hattan merely a cab, bus or subway ride away from the hospital. Well, that is precisely Mayor Bloomberg's mindset. If there is a Rockaway neigh bor among us who believes Mayor Bloomberg cares about people who live outside of the borough of Man hattan you haven't been paying attention to his reign. When Bloom - berg says he loves his adopted city, he " loves New York he means Manhat - tan. He probably does love New York (Manhattan) but he has no tolerance for New Yorkers. If he did, East River Bridge tolls and Congestion Pricing would be non-issues. If he did, he would not have used his financial muscle to overturn term limits nullifying our two votes. If he did, he would never have run for a third term.

For those voters who believe the mayor has done a good job as mayor, are you going to keep on voting for him so he can be the Robert Morgen - thau of New York City Mayors? When you pull the switch for mayor, think of Ted, Ann, your two votes for term limits and every voter who lives outside of Manhattan who, like Rock - awayites, have a rough go commuting to Manhattan. Rockaway voters don't be shocked if Congestion Pricing and East River Bridge tolls are resurrected and enacted if Bloomberg wins a third term. That Mayor Mike did not have his way with East River Bridge tolls and Congestion Pricing during his current term may make him more determined than ever to see these poison pills for Rockaway pass. If you were going to vote for him, pull a switch eroo. Eventually, he has to loosen his grip on the city he loves. Why not now?

JOAN METLER

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