The Rockaway Civic Holds General Meeting
The Rockaway Civic Association (RCA) met for its first general membership meeting of the year on Wednesday, January 12. This was the first meeting of the organization under its new name. Formerly known as the Rockaway Park Homeowners and Residents Association, the new organization underwent an organizational restructuring into a state registered non-profit community civic in 2011. The new name and non-profit status reflect the more inclusive nature of the local group whose new motto is: “Investigate, Educate, Advocate.”
Present at the meeting were the existing board members and newly elected board members including Gateway National Recreation Area interpretive ranger Bernie Feuer and businessman Brian Heffernan. The new civic board members were officially sworn in by Councilman Eric Ulrich. The councilman took the opportunity to speak in detail about local initiatives including the ongoing Bay Wall repair project and findings of the recently released Rockaway Task Force report. A representative from State Senator Malcolm Smith’s office was in attendance as well. He updated the audience on the State Senator’s recent efforts in the Rockaways including business development initiatives and his work in the State Senate co-sponsoring a bill to eliminate the Cross Bay Bridge toll.
In addition to the local officials, a representative from the New York City Parks Department, Neil Barrett, was present to discuss the Mayor’s Million Trees Project which seeks to continue its mission to bring more greenery to city streets. Working with the Rockaway Civic Association, the Parks Department is planning a free tree giveaway this spring for the Rockaway Park area.
The meeting concluded with a detailed report by RCA President Noreen Ellis regarding the successful efforts of the past year which included the ongoing Bay Wall Mural painting scheduled to continue into 2012. Upcoming projects were discussed and met with much enthusiasm from an audience ready for another year of civic involvement and community improvement.