2013-03-22 / Community

Rockaway Getting Transit Shaft

Cathy Guerriero, candidate for New York City Public Advocate, called attention to the ongoing plight of Rockaway commuters. In a press release issued this week, the candidate said: “The disproportionate lack of city services to the Rockaways has been well documented but it still exists as a ‘dirty little secret.’

“The fact that several months removed from the impact of Hurricane Sandy residents here still have no direct subway service is extremely troubling.

“Add the unfortunate fact that that people here have to endure longer bus commute times to get to and from work and school due to the failure to resume subway service is downright infuriating.”

Guerriero, a Democrat, is a college professor and small business owner from Staten Island.

“One part of a disaster-affected city should not be pitted against another part.

“People should not be forced to feel that they are raising their voices in vain. While we have seen the super storm bring out the best in city services in many instances, this particular area of our city has been dealing with neglect for years.

“From the area’s past problems with flooding and poor drainage, lack of medical services, an inadequate transportation system and other infrastructure related issues, it is very clear why the level of frustration among Rockways’ residents and businesses is so high.

“The good people of the Rockaways are not asking for special treatment – they ask only that they be treated like citizens in any other part of the city.

“It’s the responsibility of our city government to do that, and now more than ever, it needs to be done.”

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