2010-08-13 / Letters

Mosquitoes in Far Rockaway

The following letter was originally sent to Commissioner Thomas A. Farley, NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene.

Dear Editor,

I am writing to you today on behalf of the thousands of citizens of my district whose health, safety, and overall quality of life is adversely affected each summer by the plague of mosquitoes that wreaks havoc throughout the Rockaways.

For as long as anyone can remember, mosquitoes have begun their annual descent upon the Rockaways in early June, turning what should be the best time of year to enjoy the outdoors into a nightmare for our residents of every “age. Children are accosted as they try to play in their front yards, and seniors swarmed as they lounge on their porches.

For too long, the response of the City has been unacceptably insufficient in dealing with this issue. Despite the noble efforts of the NYC Department of Health in attempting to curtail the problem, mosquitoes continue to significantly threaten the health and quality of life for the people of the Rockaways.

Today I am asking your office to begin spraying in the Rockaways. I would remind you that the situation here is so severe that the State Department of Health allows the City to spray in the Rockaways at its own discretion. We all know that spraying is not a perfect solution and poses certain threats to our environment, but when our children are covered in bumps and open scabs from the constant mosquito assault, it is time to act in order to preserve the health and safety of our citizens.

I call upon your office to please take immediate action to address this real and growing problem for the people of the Rockaways. The courtesy of a response would be appreciated.
 

COUNCILMAN JAMES SANDERS, JR.
 

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