2010-03-19 / Letters

Outrage Over End Of Ferry Tale

Dear Editor,

The cancellation of the Rockaway- Manhattan ferry service as a result of purported “lack of funding” by the City of New York is just another slap in the face to the residents of the “sixth borough.”

As the mayor welcomes express buses, commuter ferry service from New Jersey, HOV lanes, park and ride locations, and the “taking of mass transit” (even in light of massive service cuts), our community is again deprived of an efficient, convenient, inexpensive and picturesque means of travel to and from Manhattan.

The ferry encouraged both Brooklynites and Rockawayites to leave their cars at home or in the parking lot and enjoy the 55 minute ride to and from Manhattan and our peninsula, especially during the summer months.

The loss of the ferry service is just another example of our residents being treated like “step children” when it comes to the providing of governmental services.

If the loss of a form of efficient mass transit was being threatened in any of the other boroughs or on the “Queens mainland”, we would hear about the press conference held by the local officials, who would miraculously find “additional funding” in some “budgetary hide-a-way” to restore the threatened cuts. Sadly, it does not appear that the local ferry service shall be the beneficiary of such an 11th hour act of clemency.

The elimination of local ferry service is just another blow to the quality of life on our shores. Make sure that your elected political officials remember that when you vote in the next elections which shall ensue.

S. AGRAMAONTE

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