2017-05-24 / Front Page

Mayor DiBasio Visits Newly Rebuilt Rockaway Boardwalk

By Joyce Vetere Milowski and Dan Miller

Mayor DiBlasio announced the opeing of the first section of the newly rebuilt boardwalk in the Rockaways that saved taxpayers $120 million to be used for other projects in Queens.
Photo Dan Miller/DMD Images‎Mayor DiBlasio announced the opeing of the first section of the newly rebuilt boardwalk in the Rockaways that saved taxpayers $120 million to be used for other projects in Queens. Photo Dan Miller/DMD Images‎Mayor Bill Di Blasio surrounded by government officials,  community leaders, City Parks Commissioner and Queens Parks Commissioner, Dorothy Lewenowski announced the rebirth of the Rockaways with the soon to be opened rebbuilt boardwalk that cost taxpayers $120 million but also saved taxpayers millions by being ready months before projected. 


"It's a wonderful day for the community because this boardwalk is about to open to everyone. And here in the Rockaways there's a lot to be proud of... The Mayor spoke about Hurricane Sandy and how it devastated many parts of the city and particularly the Rockaways. "I was here in the days after Sandy and it was just very hard to take in how bad the damage was. I was here when there were still buildings on fire, and you could see the devistation and the boardwalk pushed in on the streets," said the Mayor.

The mayor went on," we're standing here as part of boardwalk that's very impressive. Just look at it, you can see how much it's going to improve the quality of life for people in the Rockaways." With a strong voice the mayor said,"The last boardwalk was literally thrown by the waves into the streets of the Rockaways. This boardwalk's not going, anywhere."The new Boardwalk runs 5 1/2 miles and includes walking and bicycle lanes. Added first aid statios and police presence adds to the safety of this beautiful edifice.

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