During the summer, the state legislature increased SUNY and CUNY tuition by 30 percent. Goldfeder, a Brooklyn College graduate, told members of the Rockaway Youth Task Force he doesn’t think public colleges in New York would be free again, but “education should be affordable for everybody across the board.” Newly minted Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder held a town hall meeting Monday evening to hear concerns from the community as well as address his priorities for the peninsula. At the December 19 meeting at the Knights of Columbus Hall he told residents the first legislation he will draft next month will call for the elimination of the bond that is tied to the collection of tolls on the Cross Bay Bridge. He explained that to get rid of the tolls, “you legally have to reverse the bond language.” His other priorities include preservation and protection of the beaches, the revitalization of Beach 116 Street and the bay wall.
Goldfeder is greeted by 100 Precinct Community Council president Danny Russillo.
Eco-Watchers Dan Mundy Sr. and Dan Mundy Jr., right, voiced their concerns about the future of Jamaica Bay and the proposed expansion of the runways at JFK Airport. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg
Once the two-year sewer renovations begin between Beach 88 and Beach 94 Streets, Goldfeder said he will hold meetings every other month with agencies, stakeholders and business owners to update the community as the project moves on.