As a Rockaway Park resident and a community activist, I would like to thank Councilman Eric Ulrich and his staff for putting the community engagement meeting together. This was terrific. Leaders and residents from different parts of the community came in to share different ideas. When meetings like this are held, people always have different ideas. Perhaps some may go forward and some may not. My point is we’re all in this together to better our community, so for one person to attack other residents at this meeting is shameful. When two of the residents, one being myself, are told comments like, "WHY DON'T YOU GET PEOPLE ON YOUR BLOCK TO DO SOMETHING" and "PUT TREES ON YOUR OWN BLOCK," well the whole idea of this meeting was to give our ideas, not yell at any individual because of their idea. If you have an opinion on why an idea may be good or not, there's nothing wrong with discussing it, but yelling and downing others is NOT the way to go. I hope the person who did this realizes what they did was totally wrong and when they attend other community meetings such as this one, be more considerate when it comes to your neighbors.
I believe that, since the days of Robert Moses, the city has dumped as many of the poor and unfortunate as it could on the Rockaways. Our current councilman on the eastern end, in his sincere concern for the unfortunate, has only exacerbated the situation.
The Rockaways has more than its share of Queens public housing apartments, nursing home beds, students performing below grade level, low income, and any other category of distress that you care to use. Now there can be no doubt that such people need and deserve our, and our city’s support, there is also no doubt that not all of them need to nor should be housed in the Rockaways.
The Bayswater Civic Association, of which I am a board member, adopted a resolution stating that there should be no more low income or subsidized housing in the Rockaways until the proportion of market rate housing in the Rockaways was the same as that in Queens as a whole.
Nonetheless, the city is constructing or arranging the construction of low income (less than 100% of AMI) housing near Beach 44 Street, Beach 34 Street, and 5,500 units in downtown Far Rockaway. They now propose to add 2,200 units on the Peninsula Hospital site and 1,000 units of homeless housing. When is enough, enough?
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