2013-03-22 / Editorial/Opinion

Where’s The Candidate For Impacted Areas?

It’s early but it seems Christine Quinn and Joe Lhota might eventually face off in the November mayoral race. We’re not sure how Lhota will use his MTA credentials to impress Rockawayites – he was in charge when tolls were still being charged in the days after Sandy and was still in charge when the tolls were reinstated. And we can’t point to any transit improvements that involved Rockaway during his tenure. Oh, and fares went up. But who knows, maybe we’ll find out other things about him that will make us look on him more favorably. As for Quinn, she helped Bloomberg run for a third term which pleased just about no one. And there’s the minor issue of her owning a house on the Jersey Shore and not Rockaway. Yes, she spent summers here as a young girl but she’s essentially a Manhattan Democrat. Which is the point. We’d like to see one of the mayoral candidates make a real play for the outer boroughs’ vote.

We think there’s an opening for a candidate who makes the plight of storm-impacted areas his essential platform. We may be the “long neglected” Rockaways but include us with Red Hook, Coney Island, Gerrittsen Beach, Staten Island, and Howard Beach—all heavily impacted areas— and pretty soon you’re sticking up for a large constituency.

We’d like to hear a candidate who actually seems to know what’s going on in these areas. We’d like to hear a candidate say that they will immediately make changes at the EDC, DOT and Parks if those commissioners aren’t responsive to us, the impacted communities.

We’d like to hear a candidate say: extend the ferry now. We’d like a candidate to say that Rockaway should have a voice in boardwalk design. We’d like a candidate who seems like they have a clue !

Some weeks back, the mayor revealed preliminary plans about how the first 1.8 billion dollars of Sandy relief money would be spent. Was there a candidate who even responded to this?

There’s an opening for a candidate who realizes there are votes in the impacted areas. Too bad none seem to have realized it yet.

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