2010-09-03 / Top Stories

First Meeting Of The Rockaway Task Force

Councilmember Eric A. Ulrich is pleased to join Councilmember James Sanders Jr. in announcing the first meeting of the Rockaway Task Force.

The meeting, which is open to all residents, will be held on Tuesday, September 7 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 333 Beach 90 Street, Rockaway Beach, from 7 to 9 p.m., and is being hosted in conjunction with the Office of the Mayor. The Task Force is comprised of eight area residents and community leaders.

The Rockaway Task Force was formed in July through a mayoral initiative to examine and address local issues facing the peninsula. The group held its first meeting in late July at City Hall and will host another town hall meeting in the near future. The task force will then submit a report to the Mayor’s Office that includes specific recommendations on how to improve the quality of life on the peninsula.

Task Force members are asked to look towards ways to stimulate economic development, improve transportation, and address housing and building issues on the peninsula. According to a City Council spokesperson, the Task Force will keep a narrow focus on practical solutions that work for everyone. In November, the Task Force is expected to submit to the Mayor’s office and the City Council, an official report detailing peninsula-wide recommendations for the city’s consideration. Each of the two council members representing Rockaway nominated four local residents to serve on the task force. Representing Ulrich’s 32nd District is Karen Sloan-Payne, Dayton Towers’ civic and political affairs representative; Steven Greenberg, former president of the Breezy Point Cooperative; John Lepore, president of the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce; and Dan Mundy Sr., a Community Board 14 member and environmentalist.

Representing Sander’s 31st District is Charles Jacobs, president of an Arverne by the Sea Home Owners Association; Sender Schwartz, a community leader in Far Rockaway’s orthodox community; Andrea Sanders, president of the Victorious Women’s Organization; and local activist Ed Williams.

For more information, please contact Councilmember Ulrich at 718-738- 1083 or Councilmember Sanders at 718-527-4356.

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