2013-05-17 / Top Stories

Petition To Keep The Ferry

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder is fighting to keep the Rockaway Beach Ferry Service and he needs help from residents. He’s asking residents to join the fight to continue the ferry by signing a petition to Mayor Mike Bloomberg.

“Super-storm Sandy has devastated our neighborhoods in Southern Queens and Rockaway, including our vital transportation infrastructure,” said Goldfeder in a media release. “While each day remains a challenge to recover, it would be even harder without crucial transportation service. The ferry service has not only provided an efficient and convenient means of travel, but has provided enormous assistance to help our community recover.”

The fight for the ferry has been a long one as elected officials, community leaders and residents have been advocating for ferry service to Manhattan for years. The city began a ferry service in the days following Sandy as the storm knocked out the ‘A’ subway line. The ferry leaves from Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive and only costs $2 each way, with free transfers in Manhattan between Pier 11 and East 34th Street.

“I have been advocating for ferry service for years,” said Community leader and ferry expert Joe Hartigan. “Continued service will help with the rebuilding and recovery of Rockaway and continue to help make us a destination and improve our economy.”

“Southern Queens and Rockaway families have been through enough these past few months and this ferry service is their only transit lifeline,” said Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder. “I am urging the city to maintain the ferry even after the subway service has been restored to give residents transportation options and speed our recovery.”

To sign the online petition, visit www.KeepRockawayFerry.com

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