2012-12-07 / Top Stories

Hundreds Rally For Rockaway Jetties

By Howard Schwach


Deputy Inspector Scott Olexa, the commanding officer of the 100 Precinct and other police officials were at the rally. Deputy Inspector Scott Olexa, the commanding officer of the 100 Precinct and other police officials were at the rally. More than 500 Rockaway residents duck-walked under a devastated boardwalk at Beach 86 Street on Sunday to show their displeasure with federal beach replenishment efforts and to demand that protective jetties be constructed along the Rockaway beachfront.

The rally was hosted by the Friends of Rockaway, a local organization dedicated to preserving the beachfront.

Its two leaders, John Cori and Eddy Pastore were the main speakers at the rally.

“Boardwalk, jetties and sand replenishment are the keys,” Pastore said. “If one is left out, it’s going to be like a house of cards. It’s not enough to do one, you’ve got to do all three.”

“Over here, where there’s beaches and jetties, the boardwalk is still here,” Pastore added, pointing to the stillstanding boardwalk nearby. “If you go down on that side, the boardwalk is all gone because there is no jetty. It’s a nobrainer.”


Signs on the beach provided an indication of the rally demands. Signs on the beach provided an indication of the rally demands. “I was one of the many who have been talking about this for a long time, before the storm,” Cori added. “I am sad that I was right.”

Many local politicians and civic leaders spoke at the rally, including Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, City Councilman Eric Ulrich and Congressman Gregory Meeks, who came late, but promised that money for the recovery of the Rockaway beaches will be part of a bill he is sponsoring in Congress.

Those at the rally called for the immediate construction of rock jetties, placement of three million cubic tons of sand on Rockaway beaches, and the reconstruction of all of the seawalls that were destroyed by Sandy as well as the boardwalk.



Community Board 14 district manager Jonathan Gaska and a local res- ident. Community Board 14 district manager Jonathan Gaska and a local res- ident.

Local residents sign a petition demanding beach replenishment and the construction of jetties. Local residents sign a petition demanding beach replenishment and the construction of jetties.

Residents had to walk under the devastated boardwalk to get to the beach rally. Residents had to walk under the devastated boardwalk to get to the beach rally.

The “Demand the Sand” rally was held at Beach 86 Street and the oceanfront. The “Demand the Sand” rally was held at Beach 86 Street and the oceanfront.

City Council candidate Donovan Richards, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and Democratic District Leader Lew Simon at the rally. City Council candidate Donovan Richards, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and Democratic District Leader Lew Simon at the rally.

Rally organizer John Cori. Rally organizer John Cori.

City Councilman Eric Ulrich. City Councilman Eric Ulrich.

A portion of the large crowd. A portion of the large crowd.

Community Board 14 district manager Jonathan Gaska and a local resident.Dan Mundy Junior and Senior represented Broad Channel at the rally. Community Board 14 district manager Jonathan Gaska and a local resident.Dan Mundy Junior and Senior represented Broad Channel at the rally.

Local residents show their support for the rally. Local residents show their support for the rally.

The Tubridy’s and Marina Callaghan. The Tubridy’s and Marina Callaghan.

Congressman Gregory Meeks came late but promised money. Congressman Gregory Meeks came late but promised money.

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