2009-12-18 / Letters

2010 West End Parking Regulations

Dear Editor,

Well, I read your editorial in the Opin ion column a couple weeks ago and then, a letter sent in last week by a Belle Harbor homeowner, both in favor of changing the present parking regulations imposed on west end residents from 5/15 to 9/30 every year.

Let me just recap this situation and bring you and the community up to speed !!

Last year I wrote several letters to the community via The Wave regard - ing this matter, only to have agreeing support from my neighbors in Rock - away Park and opposition from Up - per Belle Harbor residents, as they wanted to keep the DFD's out and keep their "pristine settings."

Shortly after my letters being published in The Wave, both our vehicles were keyed, a coincidence, I think not!! However, I wanted you to know that I did contact NYC DOT Queens Bor - ough Commissioner, Maura Mc Car - thy, who replied on 7/24/08 (and I quote) "Our borough engineering staff has completed an investigation into this matter. The regulation described exists to assist in preventing quality of life issues for residents during the beach season. However, if Commun - ity Board 14 is willing to endorse your request and pass a resolution in your favor, we would be willing to reconsider removal of this regulation. "A copy of this response was sent to Jonathan Gaska, CB 14, as well as numerous emails and letters requesting that this issue be scheduled to be heard at one of their monthly meetings, to no avail and I am still awaiting a reply from Mr. Gaska.

I also sent a request to review this situation to our President of the Borough of Queens, Helen Marshall, who only finally replied on 10/3/08 to forward my concerns to Maura Mc - Carthy of NYC DOT, been there, done that.

So, as you can see, this won't be an easy task to remove this aged regulation that was instilled many, many years ago and upheld by CB 14, who apparently has the last word for ALL of the residents living on the west end of Rockaway. And apparently, CB 14 and Helen Marshall, are only concerned with not ruffling any feathers of those handful of "pristine settlers" but, they are suppose to represent all Rockaway communities and neighborhoods, not just a select few.

In the letter from DOT, it was mentioned that this regulation is to "as sist in preventing quality of life is sues for residents during the beach season." I guess that means they are looking out for us by hindering us from having friends and family over on a weekend? I guess that means they are looking out for us by violating our

Letters rights as NYC taxpayers by PRIVATIZING our NYC public streets and beaches? I would think that that would be against the law and our constitutional rights, wheth er you are a resident and/or DFD'er?

Hmmmmmmmmmmm, so who is this regulation benefiting ??? Certain - ly not the multi-family homes who rely on their rental income to pay their mortgages. Certainly not on the single-family homes who have company on the weekends. Certainly not the small business owners of Beach 129 and 116 Streets. So, I can't see who benefits from this except NYC when collecting the fees paid for parking sum monses issued because of these parking regulations.

Gee, last time I checked, this was noted as a beach community with NYC Public Beaches and NYC Public Streets, BUT NOT ON THE WEEKENDS? (Only certain days of certain months during certain hours?)

So, you see, (those that are in favor of a change), this is a political opposition, with many political challenges set forth by those that are in power and refuse to assist those that they are suppose to represent and who couldn't be bothered with us, since it doesn't DIRECTLY concern them !!!

Maybe our next move should be to contact one of those famous attorneys who loves the spot-light and would bask in the glow of representing us in a Class-action suit, as our taxpayer's and resident's rights are being violated? OR, maybe NYC would at least meet our needs half-way, like issuing parking stickers to residents?

Well, I'll continue to exhaust my efforts, but I'm only one person, we'll need the rest of the community in favor to abolish this ridiculous regulation to JUMP ON THE BANDWAGON too!

Hopefully this year, my vehicles won't get damaged.

KIM M. MANNINO

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