Missed Our Opportunity
I am a resident of Arverne, and was excited about the news that Mayor Bloomberg and the majority of his commissioners would be coming to the area for a town hall style meeting. The event lasted for 45 short minutes and many of the questions addressed extremely local issues like “how do I get the city to pick up a stray dog on my street.” One woman who was called upon to ask a question said “I didn’t even know I had a question” and proceeded to ask how she can become a volunteer.
That’s really sweet and it’s nice to have neighbors who want to contribute, but if we have 45 minutes with the mayor of NYC and his staff, is this really how we want to utilize this precious time?
A few broader issues were addressed like the closing and restructuring of our local high schools and a very abbreviated discussion on crime statistics, but the key issues that are hot topics for the entire peninsula were not addressed.
I basically spent 45 minutes listening to the senior citizens of Bayswater complain about a stray dog, mosquitoes in their back porch, how they can volunteer in the area, and why their street floods when there is a big storm.
What was the selection and screening process for the questions of the night? I didn’t expect any of our major issues to get solved, but it would have been nice to get some straight answers on real issues that affect all of us.