2017-05-26 / Top Stories

Mayor Talks Resiliency On Boardwalk Tour

By Gail Johnson

Mayor Bill de Blasio picked a beautiful day to come to Rockaway.

As we wait for the boardwalk to officially open, de Blasio took a tour of the Beach 32nd Street section on Friday, May 19, and proclaimed it a victory.

Accompanied by NYC Parks Department Commissioner Mitchell Silver, Director of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) James Patchett, Chief Resilience Officer for the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency Dan Zarelli, Public Advocate Letitia James, Mercedes Buchanan, representing Councilmember Donovan Richards’ office, Skanska USA Building Senior Vice President Chris Cestone and Community Board 14 President Jonathan Gaska, the Mayor praised the five and a half miles of boardwalk as evidence that the city stands with Rockaway.

“This is more than a boardwalk. This is resiliency in action,” said de Blasio. “This is a barrier wall to protect this community, that school, those homes. This boardwalk is not going anywhere. No matter what Mother Nature hands us, it will withstand the storm. Within one week, it will open on time for Memorial Day weekend. They achieved this project on time and under budget.”

Silver and Patchett acknowledged the $120 million saved on completing the boardwalk project and James, who took the podium after de Blasio, thanked them for “saving the taxpayer’s money.”

“That money will be available to do other projects in Rockaway,” de Blasio promised. “The people of Rockaway are a resilient people, they have dealt with adversity with fortitude. It’s time to do something great for them. Money for schools, economic development, housing.

“Rockaway people have had a lack of access, but with the NYC Ferry, another NYCEDC job delivered ahead of schedule, they will be able to improve their lives everyday with the ability to get around easier and access education and jobs,” the Mayor continued. “To date, 19,000 people have ridden the Rockaway ferry. We are here to let the people of Rockaway know that we are in it for the long haul.”

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It's now a promenade.

It's now a promenade.

My wife calls this a Walkway

My wife calls this a Walkway now not a Boardwalk reason being there are no more Boards, I have to say she has a very good point! Maybe it should be Resiliency On The Walkway I guess!

Shes right buddy

Shes right buddy


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