Colby Hamilton, Writer, WNYC News
Colby Hamilton is a general assignment reporter. He originally joined WNYC as a political blogger. He's a proud graduate of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
First Eric Ulrich's special election victory in 2009. Then Bob Turner's special election win earlier this month. Maybe city officials will start taking the Rockaway peninsula seriously.
Certainly the members of the mayoral-appointed Rockaway Task Force hope so. The group, chosen by City Councilmen Eric Ulrich and James Sanders, Jr., released its report today. Among the report's recommendations for improving the quality of life for the area's 120,000-odd residents included significant transportation improvements, improved beach access and concern over what the report calls "the alarmingly slow pace of economic development."
“These are realistic, practical solutions that can be implemented," Ulrich said in a statement. "I hope that City Hall will now act on these worthwhile initiatives so we can keep the momentum behind the revitalization of the Rockaways moving forward.”
"Though geographically isolated and culturally diverse, our peninsula can be a leading force for economic revitalization and a unique engine of job creation in New York City, provided that we invest in those areas where we possess a clear competitive advantage," Sanders said.
The report called for among the following: