2010-07-23 / Editorial/Opinion

Mayor Owes Sanders A Favor, And Should Repay It On Y Construction

Mayor Michael Bloomberg owes City Councilman James Sanders Jr. a favor. Sanders, who represents much of the east end of the peninsula, was one of the few Democratic councilmembers who voted to extend term limits, giving the mayor, and himself, another four years in office. At the time, The Wave chided him for his vote and he said that he did it for his community; that he had voted with the mayor on the promise of a new technical school for Rockaway. Have you seen the new school? Have you even seen the plans for a new technical school in Rockaway? Have you heard any discussion about the new school? No. Neither have we, and that is why we believe that Bloomberg owes Sanders a favor and this is the time to repay that favor. Sanders recently sent a letter to the mayor, asking him for a waiver of the provisions of Local Law 86 so that construction on the Rockaway Y (it is no longer called the YMCA) can continue. Local Law 86 attached to the project just recently, when Sanders found the money to enclose the gymnasium, which kicked the cost of the project over the Local Law 86 threshold. Should the mayor not grant the waiver, new, “green” plans would have to be drawn and the project would be put off for another year or two. That is unacceptable to Sanders and to the Rockaway community. Sanders should contact the mayor and call in his marker. There is no better time than the present.

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