Dupont Gets Action
I do not speak for the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance but I do speak as a Rockaway resident who participated in the last meeting at Peninsula Hospital. The Opinion piece published in The Wave (February 25, 2011) brashly misinterpreted what happened at that meeting. I sat at the table brainstorming about transportation (which included “bike lanes”) as well as possible improvements to roads, bridges, buses, subways, sidewalks, parks, green areas, beaches, bays and commercial areas as well as the need for ferry service (which garnered the most interest).
To focus merely on a brainstorming session on bike lanes and ignore the many other points of discussion is misleading, at best. Furthermore, to assert that RWA’s voices somehow usurp other voices in the Rockaways is simply not true. One thing that I do agree with in the Opinion piece, however, is the following: “RWA’s President Jeanne Dupont, seems to be able to get action when nobody else can.” It’s time to applaud Jeanne’s efforts, not distort them, and work together to make the Rockaways an even better place to live. The Wave could have joined this effort by focusing on what really happened at this meeting. Instead, it bashed one of Rockaway’s most effective residents (who cares how long she has lived here).