2012-06-29 / Letters

Solution Needed

Dear Editor,

My name is Belinda Edwards and I am the Secretary on the Board of Managers at Water’s Edge at Arverne Condominiums located on Beach 59-62 Streets between Rockaway Beach Boulevard and the ocean, including Beach Front Road from Beach 60-62 Streets.

I bought my condominium at Water’s Edge almost two years ago but have been a Rockaway resident for almost eight years. Since I have lived here, there has always been an ongoing issue with the mosquitoes every year. I can’t even enjoy my beautiful backyard or even walk the community without being attacked by mosquitoes. I feel like the mosquitoes are holding me hostage in my own home.

I was first going to reach out to Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and Councilman Ulrich concerning this matter at Water’s Edge Condos because I have known them to do a lot for the Rockaway community, but my husband Ozzie reminded me that they do not represent Arverne, where we reside. It’s Councilman James Sanders and Assemblywoman Michelle Titus that represent this part of the Peninsula.

I know that Councilman Sanders has called for an emergency mosquito meeting on June 20 from 6-8 p.m. at the Battalion Pentecostal Assembly located at 454 Beach 67th Street, but for what reason? The mosquitoes are terrible every year, so why do we need a meeting to talk about that! Why isn’t there action being taken automatically being that history has shown that this is a constant problem?

The elected officials, as a whole, need to come together to attack this situation and come to some sort of resolution for the Rockaway Peninsula!

We need a solution, not just talking!


This e-mail will be posted to the Mayors website and Department of Health.


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