With the sun shining on Saturday, March 5, 2011 the people of Rockaway took to the streets to view the Rockaway St. Patrick’s Day Parade pass them by and I am thankful that as an elected official I was capable of walking the entire route and see so many people support this proud Irish event. As Councilman Eric Ulrich pointed out from the grandstand, this was a day to celebrate our proud Catholic religion in addition to giving the people of Rockaway a parade to enjoy. If you were there, then you saw the many bands that played for your enjoyment, the dancing children that performed for your smile, the proud fire, sanitation, police and union workers and pipers that paraded for your delight. You also saw your elected politicians who were there to help kick off what is endearingly known in Rockaway as St. Patrick’s month.
I want to extend my congratulations to Pia Tuscano, from Howard Beach, who has wowed the audiences and survived to be one of the remaining 13 finalists in American Idol.
We certainly wish her continued success and want everyone to know that voting for politicians is not the only vote that counts…so that when the opportunity exists for you to cast your vote for American Idol, please remember, that Pia is a local girl, working very hard to achieve her dream and would greatly appreciate your support and vote.
I listen to people every day complain about what the State is planning, what the City is planning, what the Federal Government is planning on doing to balance their budgets in these trying times. The November elections reinforced the resounding cry for fiscal reform and we see efforts being made to cut budgets on all levels. All of these cuts will be painful to someone, but someone has to be the adult here, getting back to the basics, supplying and making sure that everyone has their basic needs met, not their utmost dreams met. I am sure that in your family, as in mine, you have all had to make some difficult decisions, and when it comes to children, whoever wants to admit that we just can’t afford it presently. Well the time has come to own that phrase at all levels of government, so get used to it. We just cannot afford it at this time.
What I have said to my family in the past, is if you can figure out a way we can do it, then I am all ears. I would think that our elected officials would welcome any and all or your suggestions on how we can cut the waste that exists and keep the programs and services that are we all deem imperative realizing that basic needs are not basic wants. Yes, scaling back is always painful and we can only hope that our elected officials go to bat for our district so that a fair, equitable and proportionate scaling back takes place within our area.
The Rockaway Republican Club will be having a meeting on March 14 at 7:30, at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club located at Beach 126 Street and Beach Channel Drive. It is anticipated that a speaker named Pamela Geller, who is an American blogger, Atlas Shrugged, commentator and political activist, who has taken on the ground zero mosque, will be present. The Rockaway Republicans welcome anyone who would like to be privy to current events re: Mosque rallies, to please attend. In addition, the RR Club will be having elections for officers as we start our 8th year as a political club. We certainly invite everyone who is interested in learning more about the Republican presence we have in Rockaway and Broad Channel to please attend and bring your friends. We have made great strides in the last several years in having a voice in government, with the election of our Councilman and District Leader Eric Ulrich and myself, District Leader Jane Deacy, and with the aggressive campaigns run for Congress by Bob Turner and for Assembly by Dr. Harold Paez this past November. With your participation and support we will continue to stay active as a Club. It has never been more important to get involved in a political club, if we are to help steer the ship out of these troubling times. Hope to see you all on March 14 and hope that you all bring along others.