2013-08-30 / Columnists


Chapey Likes Katz
By Geraldine Chapey

The aim of the rebuilding needs to take into account the needs of the Rockaway residents, the needs of the Rockaway businesses and the needs of the entire community against any future storms.

It will be the job of the next borough president of Queens to take a strong role in the rebuilding process. The borough president must demand that the hardest hit areas receive their fair share of the city, state, and federal rebuilding dollars.

Melinda Katz, a current democratic candidate for Queens Borough President, has issued her plan for rebuilding the Rockaway peninsula. She has spent countless hours talking to Rockawayites and visiting the areas herself. In the last few months Melinda has gone to the beaches, the various neighborhoods and the transportation hubs. She has taken the time “to speak with countless residents, business owners and community leaders who all have expressed frustration in the recovery process.” Melinda’s plan “provides them with a stronger voice in the rebuilding of their community. We must continue to support affected communities not only in the recovery but also working to protest the peninsula against future storms.”

Melinda Katz’s plan “would call for: expanding access to public transportation; giving local groups a greater role in monitoring progress and accessing vital information; updating our aging infrastructure and creating good jobs; strengthening local business; creating an affordability frame work for flood insurance; undertaking an assessment of unmet housing needs; preparing for future storms and disasters.”

One area where the Rockaway peninsula has been in need is transportation. Hurricane Sandy highlighted the need to expand transportation options. Last week Melinda Katz took the ferry to the Rockaways. Melinda was convinced that we need to keep the ferry going. She will be a leader in continuing our ferry service.

Melinda Katz will: give local groups and first responders a greater role in monitoring progress and accessing vital information; update our aging infrastructure and creating good jobs; strengthen local business; create an affordability framework for insurance premiums; undertake an assessment of unmet housing needs; prepare for future storms.

Melinda Katz plans to hire someone from the Rockaways to be on her staff in borough hall in order to be sure that she is kept abreast of all of our needs.

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