I am a fairly new resident in the Rockaway community having moved here with my wife and family five years ago. I’m originally from Flushing and wanted to move into Rockaway when we discovered Arverne by the Sea. I recently read The Wave and was glad to see Glenn DiResto is considering running for State Assembly. Since I first came to Rockaway, Glenn has been a very welcoming gentleman who introduced himself to my family as well as other residents of Arverne by the Sea when he didn’t even live here. He didn’t do it in a manner that made me feel like he was pandering for my vote, he did it in a way to make us feel genuinely welcome as new residents to build a stronger Rockaway.
The politics as usual which plagues this entire city hinders our advancement as residents. I never felt any type of community involvement when I lived in Flushing, but here I feel like I am a part of something and that I have a voice. A guy like Glenn DiResto represents what a lot of us feel. I was a registered Republican but switched to no party affiliation because I was disgusted with the current state of party politics. Glenn speaks about what is right, what is wrong and always finds ways to make things work while always having a positive attitude about the future of Rockaway. He comes across as a guy who will try to find a way to fit a square peg in a round hole if it benefits the community. I’ve read comments from current politicians in the area and I feel that they play racial politics and divisive politics, constantly making themselves appealing to whomever they are addressing. They have divided the peninsula into haves and havenots, black and white and whatever division keeps them elected.
In Arverne by the Sea we have many mixed couples of every type of ethnicity. Unlike other parts of the city that claim to be diverse by just making a big enough circle that incorporates every culture, ABTS has all of us living next to each other. My mother is American and Catholic, my dad is from Egypt and Muslim. My wife is Dominican, my next door neighbor is from Nigeria and it goes on and on. We represent the true ideal of what NYC is all about. With the right leadership the Rockaways can become a relevant place again and I hope Glenn DiResto will choose to lead us by unifying the residents to solve the problems we face.