2013-01-25 / Letters

Who Will Lead?

Dear Editor:

So here we are weeks away from the election of the next leader of the 31st district and the race has begun. Let me be clear as a resident of this community for over 20 years I have a different perspective from most. The Rockaways finds itself at a crossroad, post hurricane Sandy. Many residents are still without electricity. Our children are still dealing with violence and illegal guns in the home, despite the efforts of groups who say they are here to protect the community and get guns off the streets. Who can we look to for leadership, who has the vision and the experience to take us in the right direction. The answer is yet to be determined.

I had the pleasure of attending the celebration for our newest Senator James Sanders Jr. It was a festive event filled with expressions of the cultural diversity that makes Queens one of the most diverse boroughs in our great city. After all the singing and dancing was over it was about the state of our community and the future of our children. At the end of the day politics, education, and economics are the main concerns for many who work hard to provide a decent life for their family. And as billions of dollars have been allocated for those areas hit hardest by hurricane Sandy, who will make sure that Rockaway gets it fair share? Who will speak for the many businesses that are fighting to stay afloat or rebuild? Who will speak for the home owners who have been left to fend for themselves after being denied help from FEMA? When those contracts are being handed out who will make sure that those residents who live here and want to work are given the opportunity? When it’s all said and done the next leader of this district will either take us to the promised land or will continue to lead us in the wilderness.

I would love to get these candidates in a room to hear firsthand what they plan to do for the 31st District. As we get closer to the special election date, who will have the guts and integrity to take a stand for something?

ILYASSHA SHIVERS

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