2011-04-08 / Letters

New Vitality And Energy

Dear Editor,

I was surprised to learn about the controversy surrounding the proposed name change for The Rockaway Park Homeowners and Residents Association. As a dues paying member of the former organization and a board member of the new organization I would like to add a few points to those already made by our civic’s president, Noreen Ellis, who is quoted in the original article.

To those in the Rockaway community living between Beach 98 Street and Beach 129 Street, I would like to clarify that this organization seeks to build on the foundation of the Rockaway Park Homeowners and Residents Association. All of the current board members were part of the former organization and still retain the same community spirit and positive activist vision which one would expect of an organization seeking to represent the best interests of the people living within the defined boundaries.

The current board has made an effort, after much consideration and thought, to bring about a new vitality and energy to our mission with the renaming of the organization. It is our belief that a new name and a new action plan will be effective in focusing our combined efforts towards meaningful results. To that end, we are nearly finished with the development of a new website and have several community projects underway or completed. Our plans and goals will be presented to the full membership at our organizational meeting in April.

We are all aware of the challenges facing the entire Rockaway community in these difficult economic times. Our organization, which represents the geographic center of the peninsula, naturally envisions working closely with other community groups to advocate on behalf of the people and to work with elected representatives and the city, state and federal agencies.

The entire peninsula has a stake in the outcome of the National Grid (MGP) project, waterfront beautification projects, commercial development of 116th Street business district, Gateway National Park improvements, liquified natural gas proposals (LNG) and transportation initiatives just to name a few of the issues that we need to address as a community.

One of our organization’s primary goals is to be a conduit for the people to speak on these issues as a group, for there is certainly strength in numbers. We also seek to keep our membership well informed of issues, like those already mentioned, while developing a consensus of opinion as a community.

The Wave has printed a series of articles noting the multitude of community groups and organizations to be found in the Rockaways and has asked the question: who speaks for the Rockaways? What we hope to accomplish as a group is not controversy or distraction, but to be an effective voice in the ongoing dialogue.

DR. HAROLD PAEZ

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