When the Second Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the draconian decision by Judge Nicholas Garaufis that adult homes in Rockaway violated the constitutional rights of its residents, most observers believed that moving those residents into supportive living units – homes and apartments within the community – was a dead issue. Governor Andrew Cuomo revived the issue, however, and now the plan is full speed ahead for early next year. What it will mean for Rockaway, the home of a dozen of the homes that must be cleaned out, is anybody’s guess, but it probably will not be beneficial to the peninsula.
Remember to mark your calendars for the major political event of the election cycle – the final debate between City Councilman Eric Ulrich and State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr., who are running for the new senate seat in the November 6 election. The debate will be held at the West End Temple, 147-02 Newport Avenue in Neponsit at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30.
Miriam Rosenberg, The Wave’s east end stringer, will be honored by the Arverne Cancer Support Group at its annual fundraiser, the “Celebration of Life Dinner,” which will be held on Monday, November 5 at the Imperial Room in Inwood. Rosenberg, a cancer survivor as well as a columnist, is being honored for her coverage of cancer issues, including the annual “Relay for Life.”
The New Visions for Public Schools, Bloomberg’s darlings, produced a newspaper insertion two weeks ago that is billed as “A Guide to Choosing a NYC High School.” When you look at the Queens section of the guide, however, you find only one high school and that is the Queens High School for Information, Research and Technology located at the Far Rockaway Educational Campus (formerly Far Rockaway High School). It then becomes clear that this is a guide not to the city’s high schools, but to the city’s high schools affiliated with New Visions. It should say that somewhere right up front, because the uninitiated are going to believe that the Far Rockaway school is the only high school on the peninsula.
It once again becomes clear that this is a city geared to favor those who live in Manhattan and tourists and that the rest of us are just fodder for tax and fine money – revenue to support Manhattan and the tourist trade. The latest proof came from a report by the AAA that shows that red light cameras are designed to be hairtrigger quick, insuring that lots of motorists get the $55 tickets. While the mayor claims that the cameras are there for safety reasons, it has become clear they are just serving another revenue producing fine. Hardly a day goes by without a report that city agencies are slapping residents with heavy, inappropriate fines based on draconian rules that were set up not to protect and serve, but to drain needed financial resources from everyday New Yorkers.
Octogenarian Ed Koch has endorsed Joe Addabbo for the State Senate, but he is not sure why. “I am supporting Addabbo because I knew his father and I served with him in the House of Representatives,” Koch said. “But it’s kind of painful for me because the guy running against him is really a terrific guy, Eric Ulrich, and I supported him for his City Council seat.”
The New York City Housing Authority really believes that it can draw middle class New Yorkers to live on the grounds of the public housing complexes throughout the city. The agency plans to utilize green space and parking lots in several of its housing complexes to sell to developers to build market rate homes and apartments. Given the fact that the great majority of gang activity, gun incidents and murders come from those same city housing projects, the agency should do a reality check before it begins the program. Talk to some of the middle class residents of Rockaway and ask them if they would buy an apartment in Redfern, Edgemere, Ocean Bay or Hammel Houses. The answers might be enlightening. After agreeing to a deal that would freeze their salaries for several years, state employees are incensed that lawmakers and agency commissioners are set for a large pay raise, voted on by those same lawmakers. Talk about a way to undermine your credibility – force everybody else to take a salary freeze and then vote a large raise in salary for yourself.
A new city law that protects drivers when they leave their cars to purchase a Muni-meter ticket has gone statewide. A new state law voids tickets received within five minutes of paying at a meter across the state. This has been a problem in Rockaway, where The Wave has received several complaints of traffic enforcement officers giving tickets while a motorist was at a distant meter, getting a receipt to put in the window. The problem is exacerbated by the large number of broken Muni-meter machines.
We apologize for a typographical error in a story about Rockaway hero Michael Glover, a Marine who was killed in Iraq. Our story said that he died in 2009 when, in fact, he died in 2006.