What About The Meetings
Billions are coming to the peninsula and everyone’s claiming their piece of the pie. Last week, State Senator Malcolm Smith hosted a town hall meeting about these billions. He asked residents to suggest where the money should be spent. He announced that there will be a series of these public meetings. Sounds good, right? Too bad these town halls are smeared with hidden agendas.
Senator Smith is a co-chair of the bipartisan task force charged with guiding these billions. However, at the start of the year, Senator Smith will no longer represent Rockaway. And as all Rockaway residents know, this area was hit the hardest in all of Queens. Don’t we deserve a co-chair on this committee? A co-chair that works tirelessly to make sure the interests of Rockaway are represented?
Smith also said that the next of these meetings will be at an undisclosed location and only those on the email list will find out where. He further stated that he could not guarantee these meetings will be held in Rockaway, which is code for: these meetings will not take place in Rockaway.
It was great to see Assemblywoman Titus…finally. This is the first time I’ve seen her since the hurricane hit. Hopefully she’ll be present more to hear from her constituents.
Her counterpart in the State Assembly, Phil Goldfeder, is commendable. He was responsive, present, and more than willing to lend a helping hand to the entire peninsula.
I hope now that the immediate crisis is over, we can find away to have comprehensive dialogue about the issue. It will take more responsibility from our elected officials.
ROCKAWAY YOUTH TASK FORCE