Mayor Bill de Blasio has recently spoken about a broad plan for economic development and transportation improvements in Rockaway. He’s spoken only in very general terms, however, without offering any details or more than a vague timeline.
He first discussed it at a press conference in Far Rockaway on October 15th, offering that he anticipates putting forth a “holistic development plan” that will outline a “long term vision for the economic growth of the Rockaways and the transportation to go with it.” When I asked about the timing, he responded that “you’re going to hear some more announcements in the coming months related to the Rockaways that are specific and then thereafter you’re going to see a much bigger plan … I think that’s something you’re going to see next year.” Today the Mayor responded that a plan, or at least elements of a plan, would be released “in the coming weeks and months.”
It’s unclear precisely what the Mayor intends, but his words clearly, indeed expressly, create big expectations.
One note – the Mayor’s schedule for Thursday includes “a meeting at City Hall with administration and elected officials to discuss Rockaway redevelopment.” That’s consistent with recent reports that Rockaway elected officials seeking to stave off the looming end of Rockaway ferry service would meet with de Blasio. His schedule gives a broader cast to that meeting, “Rockaway redevelopment,” rather than just ferry service.
Here’s video of his recent comments: