Mayoral candidates Joe Lhota, John Catsimatidis, John Liu, Sal Albanese and Anthony Weiner, attempting to overcome a devastating sexting scandal, were out wielding big promises and keeping their focus on the voters of the coastline community at a Friends of Far Rockaway Beach meeting.
“Very often Rockaway is not just an isolated place, but it’s a forgotten place in the city of New York,” Weiner told his former congressional constituents.
Like the other candidates, Weiner vowed to once again focus on transportation on the peninsula, to provide better ferry service and rebuild the damaged beaches and boardwalks.
Residents also called for more dunes and rock jetties, and assistance creating a more affordable flood insurance program at the forum.
Palmer Doyle attended the meeting to ensure the next mayor doesn’t forget the neighborhood is still in the rebuilding process.
“Under the last three mayors, we’ve been a dumping ground for homeless shelters, halfway houses, and we’re looking to be a community to really build up from the storm,” Doyle said.
Other attendees vying for a post in the 2013 elections included borough president candidates Melinda Katz and Tony Avella, public advocate hopefuls Letitia James and Cathy Guerriero, and several City Council candidates.
Several residents also demanded a revitalization of the Rockaway Beach Line to help rebuild and prevent future isolation following storms like Hurricane Sandy.
As a resident of Forest Hills, a neighborhood that has notoriously been against the revitalization of the line advocating instead for a new greenway, Katz waffled on taking a position.
“I think it’s a great discussion to have, and in January after I get elected we will have it,” she said.