The six former Queens Library trustees who took Borough President Melinda Katz and state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to federal court in a bid to retain their volunteer positions on the board suffered a major setback Tuesday.
That same day, the first new appointee to replace one of them was named.
With the clock ticking on the Rockaway Ferry service, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) has come up with a possible plan to save it.
If the city won’t kick in the subsidies to make it affordable, maybe another entity will.
Rockaway officials and residents are furious that the $75 billion budget approved by the City Council last week does not include funding for permanent ferry service connecting the area to Manhattan, setting off a battle between City Hall and the distant peninsula over the popular, but pricey, service that began after Hurricane Sandy.
“Although the Rockaway ferry service was not included in the final city budget, our community will not give up the fight,” said Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park). “I am severely disappointed in Mayor de Blasio and the Economic Development Corporation for ignoring the transit needs of southern Queens and Rockaway families. Like every other borough in the city, we deserve an affordable, efficient and reliable means of transportation. The ferry has been a lifeline for our families and small businesses after the devastation caused by Sandy and it must remain permanent.”
Rockaway officials are furious that the $75 billion city budget approved by the City Council last night does not include funding for permanent ferry service connecting the peninsula to Manhattan.
The following is a transcript of Mayor de Blasio's State of the City Address, as prepared, sent to the media before the speech was delivered.
It’s been done before, he says. A longshot candidate can win the mayoralty of New York City. Just look at the race in 1977.
At this point in that year, former City Councilman Sal Albanese says, there were two candidates polling about where he is now —in the single digits. But their name recognition improved, and in the end, one of them won. That was Ed Koch. The other lost that election but did all right in politics in the end. His name was Mario Cuomo.
Gov. Cuomo on Sunday said new shuttle bus service linking the Rockaway Peninsula with the A train’s Howard Beach station will remain in place until the heavily damaged North Channel rail bridge and subway infrastructure through Broad Channel is replaced.
The city and state are continuing to restore transportation to areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, and are improvising where they cannot.