Another Empty Promise
In regards to Nicholas Briano’s front page article in the WAVE (26FEB10), “Disappointing End To Ferry-Tale,” please allow me to add my two cents!!!
Yes, in fact since its inception, this ferry has been doomed for failure, and that is partially to blame for the asinine
Letters schedule that was forced upon the riders! If in fact this ferry was to be a success, the powers that be should have, in fact, actually queried on what hours would suit the constituents. But why should that be of any importance?
Secondly, it humors me that a “long time ferry rider” from Bay Ridge was not only interviewed but quoted in the article. Although I do agree with his comments regarding the quality of the service provided; is it not a farce that the person who is quoted lives in an area that is served by, at the minimum, four separate subway lines and at least eight different express bus lines into Manhattan? So is Mr. Briano saying that this individual can feel our pain? I would gladly trade the two express buses that travel to midtown and our illustrious “A” debacle anytime!
As a passenger of the ferry, I did witness that once it was available on weekends, on any given day, the boats that landed in Rockaway from Manhattan/ Brooklyn were fully loaded! And given the fact of the lack of advertising and promotion of said ferry, that was amazing. Has anyone counted these riders or the economic impact they brought to the peninsula?
As I initially stated, yes, the schedule of the boats is partially to blame; but the real blame lies in the laps of our elected and so-called community leaders.
These are the same people that decide that during any event or block party to self invite themselves and spout promises they have no intent on even attempting to keep. I have actually witnessed these empty suits, to include Councilman Ulrich, pontificating on the value of the ferry, and that how on their watch it would only grow stronger!
In a time where our city council and others have deemed it feasible to fund such useful projects of paying two exfelons hundreds of thousands of dollars to give speeches denouncing the gang life they actually led, as well as all the feathering of numerous elected and non-elected officials own beds that are being uncovered almost weekly, is it not time to fund something that does actually benefit the tax paying members of the community? But why should the people that actually pay the taxes actually count? Thanks again for the disrespect!
KEVIN P. COLEMAN