2013-12-06 / Letters

Take The Ferry!

Dear Editor:

As a longtime activist for ferry service from Rockaway to Manhattan it is time for the residents of Rockaway to use or lose it. We have seven weeks to convince city officials that we want the ferry service to stay. The most important determinant is ridership numbers-- not protests, not petitions, not me and others talking to every politician during election season or going to meetings. Up until now the protest was good because it brought out some residents of Rockaway that you would not normally see. The petition was good because of the number of persons who signed which was pointed out to candidates running for office. Attending meetings was good because it got the ferry dock moved to a more central location at Beach 108th Street convenient for all of the residents of Rockaway.

It does not matter what someone has done in the past or says they will do in the future. Right now the justification for keeping the ferry sim- ply comes down to ridership numbers. The reason why we have ferry service was the result of Hurricane Sandy but now it is up to the Rockaway residents to step it up so that we can keep it. Linda Rucillo and Kevin Boyle's suggestion of encouraging people to use the ferry for the next several weeks is our best hope for securing the service. In the future, we can change the schedule, add ferry stops and get a better mid-town stop after the contract is extended, but if the service discontinues on January 31st, it will be extremely difficult to get it restored.

JOE HARTIGAN

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