2016-07-06 / Front Page

Assemblyman Goldfeder Fights Fading Spaces In Municipal Lot

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder speaking in front of the municipal lot on Memorial Day. After numerous reports of faded lines marking handicap parking spots, Goldfeder is calling on the Parks Department to make necessary repairs to the parking lot on Beach 94th Street, to ensure that handicap spaces are reserved for the people who need them the most.Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder speaking in front of the municipal lot on Memorial Day. After numerous reports of faded lines marking handicap parking spots, Goldfeder is calling on the Parks Department to make necessary repairs to the parking lot on Beach 94th Street, to ensure that handicap spaces are reserved for the people who need them the most.After numerous reports of faded lines marking handicap parking spots, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder is calling on the Parks Department to make necessary repairs to the municipal lot on Beach 94th Street, to ensure that handicap spaces are reserved for those who need them the most.

"People with disabilities in our community deserve the same access and ability to park within a
reasonable distance to the beach," said Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder. "If drivers cannot see
which spots are reserved for the disabled, it means visitors and residents with disabilities cannot safely access our beautiful beaches. I urge the Parks Department to make these handicap spaces more visible for all drivers."

In a letter to Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski of the Parks Department, Goldfeder
requested that the lines of parking spaces be repainted, and signs installed, so all drivers can
easily determine which spaces are reserved for people with disabilities.

According to Goldfeder, his office has received several complaints from local residents and
visitors alike about people without proper placards parking in handicap spaces. Residents believe it is because drivers cannot see which spots are reserved, and this prevents people with
disabilities, who rely on these spaces, from using them.

"In the summer, people come down and park wherever they want, and they don't care," said local resident and first responder, Scott Bartels, "I'm a Rockaway resident for thirty years, and it's just been getting progressively worse. If I can't find a handicap spot, I have to park further away, and I have COPD and bad knees and ankles from being a first responder. People have no common courtesy for the handicapped. I put notes on the cars saying, if you're gonna take my spot, take my handicap too."

According to the Rockaway Parks Conceptual Plan released by the Parks Department in 2014,
there are numerous improvements and new facilities to be placed in and around the municipal
lot, however Assemblyman Goldfeder is urging the Parks Department to prioritize the repainting of the lines, while other long-term plans are underway.

"I'm excited to see the boardwalk finally completed and as we continue to rebuild and improve
our beaches and our community following Sandy, we need to ensure that no one is left behind.
Providing accessible disabled parking is an important step to making a better Rockaway for
everyone," concluded Goldfeder.

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