2017-04-21 / Letters

In Support of ‘Deckelman’s Landing’

Dear Editor:

Danny and I are both thrilled and excited that our Rockaway ferry will be sailing back on May 1st. We along with many Rockaway residents are very impressed with the new Hornblower ferries and their sleek look.

We are aware that it was said on Facebook that there is a movement within our community concerning the naming of our landing (dock). This is totally true; this movement has existed for approximately one year. Yes, the movement is a reality to have the dock named Deckelman’s Landing. Danny and I along with other community volunteers have worked passionately to achieve this goal, Deckelman’s Landing. We gathered over 2,000 signatures on line as well has hard copies. There were also over 300 wonderful comments regarding Laura Deckelman’s commitment to the Ferry along with her beautiful photography to promote it. Laura has a wonderful positive personality, a team player who gets along beautifully with all those she meets. When she rode the ferry she always exhibited her loving spirit and love of the ferry. Such a wonderful woman to be honored with our landing being given her name would be very appropriate as she would continue to ride and promote this outstanding mode of transportation for our Rockaway community.

We would like to give special acknowledgement to the petition carriers helping to work toward the goal. We are sharing the names of all the Elected Officials who signed our petition putting them all on board: Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, NYC Public Advocate Lititia James, Congressman Gregory Meeks, State Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr., State Senator James Sanders Jr., State Senator Leory Comrie, State Senator Tony Avella, Councilman Eric Ulrich, Councilman Donovan Richards Jr., Councilman Vincent Gentile, Councilman Carlos Menchaca, Councilman Rory Lancman, Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato, Assemblywoman Michele Titus, Assemblyman David Weprin, Assemblyman Michael Miller, Democratic District Leader Lew M. Simon and Democratic District Leader Geraldine Chapey.

In our country we all have the freedom to pursue what we believe in, others within our community could have chosen to do the same. It would have required anyone to put the time, energy and effort as we did. Let us all remember as Rockawayities no matter what decision the City makes on the naming of our dock, we are one great community that speaks up and speaks out.


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