Damage Control

As people sat waiting for the Community Board 14 meeting to begin on Wednesday night, one almost felt sorry for the representatives of the Economic Development Corporation, NYC Parks and the mayor’s office as they arrived.

City representatives presented updated design plans for the boardwalk at a meeting Wednesday where all anyone wanted to talk about was money — $480 million worth of FEMA money, to be exact. “I’m going to ask that we maintain a respectful tone tonight,” Jose Velez, co-chair of the Parks and Public Safety committee, Community Board 14, said to open the […]

Locals Call For Improved Bus Service



A public meeting to discuss the design for the Woodhaven/Cross Bay Boulevard corridor quickly became a place for locals to vent their request for better bus service in the Rockaways. The Sept. 18 presentation/workshop at PS 42 was hosted by Councilman Donovan Richards with representatives from the Department of Transportation and the MTA. Representatives presented the plans for the Woodhaven/Cross […]

Men of Action



When The Wave got hold of the now-infamous memo written by NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver to the mayor’s office, one thing was clear; as a newspaper, the memo must be reported. The other – as a community service — was to make sure the memo got in the right hands; the Comptroller of New York City, Scott M. Stringer. […]

Ridership Ferry Important



Dear Editor: When we were out and about Rockaway this past summer, soliciting signatures for Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder’s petition to save our Rockaway Brooklyn-Manhattan ferry service, one of the reactions we got from many people was “oh yeah, the ferry. I haven’t gone on it yet – but I want to,” or words to that effect. Well, what are you […]

Systemic Speed Cameras



Dear Editor, Many of us are aware of the new speed cameras all over the city and many of us are not. This is my opinion and my advice for what it’s worth. First let me say that anyone receiving a ticket in the mail is most likely to receive many more, one after the other if they travel that […]

New Voices Needed



Dear Editor: Re: the letters of Mr. John Baxter and Ms. Joan Mettler. Please immediately give Baxter and Mettler a column in the Wave. Their viewpoints are informative and well-presented. Perhaps they’d consider sending these letters to The Daily News as well, so we can get this kind of rational thinking into the papers that cover all the boroughs. Whether […]

MTA Five-Year Plan Shortfall



Dear Editor, It is no surprise to transportation historians that the proposed new Metropolitan Transportation Authority’S 2015 – 2019 Five Year $32B Capital Plan is short $15.2B. The problem is finding the money to make things happen. Federal support for transportation has remained consistent and growing. It has actually increased under virtually every Five Year Transportation Authorization Act over past […]

Official Point Of View

The Peninsula Needs A Permanent Ferry

Rockaway is no stranger to disappointment. We are continually reminded of interminable delays, the botched implementation, the broken promises, the missed opportunities, a seemingly never-ending road to economic and the disaster recovery. Notwithstanding our setbacks we are forging a way to meet the challenges of rebuilding our communities, making vulnerable neighborhoods, shorelines, wetlands, beaches, and our transportation systems resilient enough […]

Conigliaro Says He’s Best Choice For State Senate



It’s pretty obvious whoever runs against a popular incumbent like State Senator Joe Addabbo Jr. is going to face a very uphill battle, but Michael Conigliaro feels he’s the best choice to serve the 15th Congressional District. “The people of Rockaway have been facing an uphill battle for many years and I want to join them in the fight to […]

New Torah Dedicated In Student’s Memory



According to Jewish tradition, the dedication of a new Torah scroll is traditionally celebrated with great festivity. Such was the case on Sept. 14 when Yeshiva Darchei Torah, on Beach 17th Street in Far Rockaway, welcomed a new Torah that had been donated to the Yeshiva. Last August, Aaron Tepfer, 10, got his leg caught in the propeller of a […]