To The Editor:
Mayor Mike Bloomberg has come up with plan B to keep New York’s Olympic hopes alive. Unlike the city’s failed Manhattan proposal, this one has broad political support including that of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who killed the West Side Stadium project and praised the Queens plan as the “preferred alternative.”
This time Queens has a shot and it will [be] right next to Shea Stadium. This would be great for the Mets, for Queens and for New York.
It’s like the mayor said, New Yorkers aren’t quitters and also we’re like the athlete who falls and gets up and dusts himself up and pushes right ahead.” Right on Mike!
This deal is too good to be true. My beloved Mets will get a new stadium, the Yankees will get one too and that announcement will [be] made in a few days.
The Mets owner, Mr. Wilpon, said the Mets would foot the bill for the new stadium which will open up to 45,000 seats with the city and state kicking in $50 million each to help convert the new stadium with seats of 70,000 for the Olympics and would open in the 2009 Mets season.
Estimated cost is between $500 and $600 million, which the city would pay $85 million and the state would pay a proposed $75 million for infrastructure improvements around Shea. This new plan would cost the taxpayers less than the $600 million earmarked for the $2.2 billion West Side Stadium.
Therefore let’s hope this plan is acceptable to the Olympic officials. And to Mayor Mike Bloomberg, thanks for trying to keep hope alive, you’re not a quitter and neither are we, so let the Olympic flame burn bright in one of the greatest cities in the world.
Frederick R. Bedell Jr.
Hails Gazette Articles
To The Editor:
It is with a positive feeling that I respond to three articles that appeared in the June 8th issue of the Gazette.
The very fact that our Representative, [Carolyn] Maloney is an advocate for giving our National Guard troops who served in 9/11, retirement benefits clearly demonstrates her caring and compassion and respect for these heroes. 9/11 was our first battle of the war on terrorism and these brave young soldiers really cared and faced the challenges of war.
They need and deserve to be compensated for their bravery.
Secondly, I am pleased that Assemblyman [Michael] Gianaris is an advocate for gun control for our youth. It is a sad state of affairs when our youth are victimized and young lives are snuffed out as a result of illegal guns. These illegal guns are in schools, and on the streets and in our subways and cause the loss of precious life. Life is so important.
In addition, 9/11 funds must be used for our sick and injured first responders, The Homeland Security Department of our federal government must understand that our first responders who fought valiantly and courageously on 9/11 are prone to later illnesses and disabilities. Thus, they must not be neglected. Our federal government must treat these responders like soldiers in war.
I also am glad that our firefighters will now have the ropes that will enable them to safely evacuate from a burning building. The awful loss of life due to fire and the lack of this important equipment must never occur again. All of these issues affect the quality of life. Life is sacred, a gift and a blessing, and must not be compromised, neglected, taken for granted and must be promoted and enhanced. To save a life is the most important cornerstone of the Judeo-Christian ethic.
Long Island City
To The Editor:
My name is Steven Maxfaults. I am a blind freshman at Queens High School for the Sciences at York College in Jamaica, New York. My mobility instructor, Ms. Brunner is trying to teach me how to go from home to school and back using public transportation. There is the school bus, which I am currently using, but it is always better to be independent.
Going home from school requires me to take the Euclid and Pitkin bound Q8 bus. To get to the bus stop, which is located on Jamaica Avenue between 160th Street and Parsons Boulevard, I must cross Archer and Jamaica Avenues. At Parsons Boulevard normally I would cross a street when parallel traffic goes, but at these intersections this is impossible. The intersection of Archer Avenue and Parsons Boulevard is t-shaped. This means when crossing from South to North, parallel traffic is nonexistent.
The intersection of Jamaica Avenue and Parsons Boulevard would be ideal except for one fact. The traffic on Parsons Boulevard is given a later or delayed "go" signal. This means that pedestrians are expected to cross before parallel traffic does. A blind pedestrian would have no way of knowing when it is safe to cross. In fact, the delayed signal was put into place because the intersection was deemed "dangerous" by the Department of Transportation. Not only are blind pedestrians unable to make use of this advantage given to sighted pedestrians, but also they are inconvenienced by it.
The only way to make it safe for a blind pedestrian to cross these streets is to install audible pedestrian signals. I wrote a letter to the Department of Transportation requesting audible pedestrian signals be put in at these intersections. I did not yet get a response. Is there anything else I can do? Please contact me if you have any suggestions.