Extend the Rockaway Ferry Service to include weekends this summer.
  • Petitioning Bill de Blasio

This petition will be delivered to:

Mayor of New York City ,City Hall New York, NY 10007
Bill de Blasio

Extend the Rockaway Ferry Service to include weekends this summer.

    1. Petition by

      Belle Harbor Property Owners Association

Super-storm Sandy devastated our neighborhoods in Southern Queens and Rockaway, including our vital transportation infrastructure.  The Rockaway Ferry Service has not only provided an efficient, economical and convenient means of transportation since the hurricane, but has provided enormous assistance to help our community recover. 

The Belle Harbor Property Owners Association petitions the Mayor to extend the Rockaway Ferry Service to include weekends  beginning on the weekend of May 31st and ending on September 7thusing the EASILY ACCESSIBLE existing 108th Street location.

These 15 weekends of high speed ferry service in the summer will generate revenue in Manhattan as well as in the Rockaways and add to our menu of items available to tourists visiting our great city.  An AFFORDABLE weekend ferry service in the city will promote tourism in Rockaway. A possible theme could be  “A Day at the Beach in the world’s greatest city!” Our Rockaway beaches, fine restaurants and parks would  be highlighted. 

Please join our fight to provide better, AFFORDABLE transit options for Southern Queens and Rockaway residents by signing this petition to extend high speed ferry service to the weekends in the summer.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. BAD NEWS FOR FERRY RIDERS

      FROM Phil Goldfeder

      "Across the board, there is unanimous support," said Assemblyman Philip Goldfeder of Queens. "Sadly, we're not seeing the support where we need it most, and that's out of City Hall."
      Funding to Keep Rockaway Ferry Permanent Not Included in City Budget
      Funding to keep the Rockaway Ferry permanent was not included in the city's $75 billion fiscal budget for next year, a decision that has some Rockaway residents devastated.

      City budget leaves out money to make the Rockaway Ferry permanent, upsetting residents and local politicians.

      This ferry is dead in the water. The Rockaway Ferry will be docked this fall after failing to make the cut in the city's 2015 budget Tuesday morning. The city's temporary funding for the ferry will be slashed in October after Queens Borough President Melinda Katz tried to convince City Council to earmark $8 million from the $75 billion budget to fund permanent ferry service.

    2. ROCKAWAY FERRY FOREVER - JUNE 18, 2014

      from Laura Deckelman:Rockaway Landing Ferry Terminal, Beach 108th Street, Rockaway Park. Wednesday, June 18, 2014. This momentous event will go down in the annals of Rockaway's history as one of the most powerful gatherings. The unity and outpouring of love and camaraderie for our FERRY was displayed with utmost passion and conviction. This was also our last press conference before Mayor de Blasio completes and finalizes the annual NYC fiscal budget. We sent the message to him loud and clear that we want the ferry's operating expenses to be included in the budget and that the ferry service for the Rockaways and Brooklyn must be permanent. We in the Rockaways are tired of being NYC's "stepchild," and deserve to have the opportunity to grow and flourish just as any other part of NYC. FERRY service is needed to help bring people to and from our peninsula from all parts of the city and enjoy everything that the Rockaways have to offer.

      Rockaway Ferry Forever

      The Rockaway Ferry and the People that want to keep it running all year long. ...

    3. THIS IS IT! TIME IS RUNNING OUT!

      TIME COULD BE RUNNING OUT FOR OUR FERRY SERVICE and all of the people who rely on ferry service every week day the mayor doesn't include its operational costs in the upcoming annual city fiscal budget which is being finalized this month - June 2014.
      JOIN US WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18, 6 p.m., at our ferry terminal at Rockaway Landing, Beach 108th Street/Beach Channel Drive. We will not give up until we get the point across to the mayor that he must keep the ferries running in the Rockaways.WE need the ferry to help rebuild after Sandy. Our economic development depends on getting people out here easily from a easily from all parts of the city to enjoy our beaches, restaurants, and special summer events as well as to shop in our local stores. Another important issue to consider: Commuters can reach Manhattan in under an hour without delays; the views of the city from the ferry are breathtaking. The ride is relaxing and stress-free.
      WE WANT PERMANENT FERRY SERVICE IN THE ROCKAWAYS!

    4. PUT ROCKAWAY FERRY INTO THE BUDGET!!!

      Residents Push Mayor to Preserve Rockaway Ferry Service in Budget

      By: Arlene Borenstein Text size: + - TWC News: Residents Push Mayor to Preserve Rockaway Ferry Service in Budget Play now Residents and lawmakers rallied at City Hall Wednesday to push the mayor to include the Rockaway ferry service in the budget. NY1's Arlene Borenstein filed the following report.

    5. TIME IS RUNNING OUT!

      Time is running out for our ferry. It is presently slated to end in October if Mayor de Blasio does not include ferry operating costs in this upcoming year’s fiscal budget, to be finalized at the end of this month (June 2014). If we don’t support our ferry, we could watch her sail away in October.
      We are planning two press conferences.
      The first will take place at the steps of City Hall on Wednesday, June 11, at 3 p.m.
      The second press conference will take place on June 18th, at the Rockaway Landing ferry terminal on Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive, at 6 p.m. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and other elected officials will be joining us there.
      We ask that you make signs and bring them along. Here are some suggestions for sign slogans:
      Mayor de Blasio: Please include PERMANENT FERRY SERVICE for Rockaway in the new budget!
      Ferry On Forever, Rockaway & Brooklyn!
      Permanent ferry service for the Rockaways and Brooklyn!
      ROCKAWAY UNITED TO SAVE THE FERRY

    6. CALL FOR ACTION NOW!! WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!TELL THE MAYOR WE NEED THE FERRY!

      RESPONSE RECEIVED BY:Rockaway United To Save The Ferry........
      Extension of this service has come at a considerable cost that is unsustainable for the City in the long term. Every day, the ferry transports approximately 400 people round-trip from the Rockaways and Brooklyn Army Terminal.
      The Mayor has included $2 million in his recent executive budget to operate the ferry service through the summer into October. While we continue to evaluate inventive ways for ferry service to continue, the key determinant will be financial responsibility and sustainability of service, given its high expense. I hope you take from this message that we are doing what we can do and being as creative as possible as we consider the long-term future of what was originally intended to be a temporary service. The City remains committed to helping communities hit hard by Hurricane Sandy such as the Rockaways recover and flourish.
      Again, thank you for your enthusiasm and appreciation of the Rockaway Ferry.

    7. CALLING FOR ACTION-WE NEED YOUR HELP!

      FROM ROCKAWAY UNITED TO SAVE THE FERRY-

      ATTENTION EVERYONE IN
      THE ROCKAWAYS, BROAD CHANNEL & BREEZY POINT!!

      We need everyone to work with us to save our ferry.

      As I mentioned earlier, we have to start by making phone calls and writing emails to both the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the mayor's office. We want the NYCEDC to recommend that the city include the operational costs of our ferry in the city's annual fiscal budget, to be signed off in June, and we are urging our mayor to make the final decision to approve of, and include, the ferry costs in the fiscal budget.

      Here is the "script" for phone calls and emails to our contact person with the NYCEDC. You don't need to read/write this verbatim but to use it as a guide as to what you might want to say.

      Note: Phone calls should be especially brief and to the point. You might get a "real person" on the other end or a menu voice mail. Either way, make your statement as clear and brief as possible

    8. TWEET YOUR MESSAGE TO MAYOR DE BLASIO

      We just tweeted a message to Mayor De Blasio. We told him how important the Rockaway Ferry Service is! WE want our FERRY!!! Show your support for the Rockaway Ferry and TWEET THE MAYOR. TELL HIM WE WANT OUR FERRY!!! Tweet to Bill de Blasio

      Tweet text
      @BilldeBlasio

      Mayor Bill de Blasio

      Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York, New York. 10,663 likes · 1,078 talking about this. Lucky husband of Chirlane. Proud public school parent. 109th Mayor of New York City.

    9. SEND YOUR MESSAGE DIRECTLY TO MAYOR DE BLASIO!!

      We just sent a message to Mayor De Blasio on his Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/mayordeblasio and told him how important the Rockaway Ferry Service is to the people of New York City. Let's all send our message to the mayor on Facebook now-- the summer is almost here, and the Rockaway Ferry Service is extended only through October. SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE ROCKAWAY FERRY!! SEND A MESSAGE TO THE MAYOR RIGHT NOW!!!!

      Mayor Bill de Blasio

      Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York, New York. 10,663 likes · 1,078 talking about this. Lucky husband of Chirlane. Proud public school parent. 109th Mayor of New York City.

    10. Reached 2,000 signatures
    11. PRESS CONFERENCE APRIL 3, 2014

      Highlights of The Committee To Save The Rockaway Ferry Press Conference

      Danny & Linda Ruscillo of The Committee To Save The Rockaway Ferry orchestrated a press conference thanking Mayor DiBlasio for extending the operation of the ferry here in the Rockaways. There were many of the local publlic elected officials at hand and the event was very enjoyable.

    12. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz agrees SAVE THE ROCKAWAY FERRY!!!

      Queens Borough President Melinda Katz- Save the Rockaway Ferry

      Queens Borough President Melinda Katz spoke at the Save The Rockaway Ferry Press Conference in Rockaway Beach on April 4, 2014. Rockaway resident continue to fight for permanent ferry service from the Peninsula to Manhattan. The Committee to Save the Rockaway Ferry is a leading group in this fight and the organizers of the press conference event.

    13. RALLY FOR THE AUGUST 29, 2013

      Rockaway Ferry Rally: August 29, 2013

      On August 29 the people of Rockaway Beach, NY took to local streets to rally for permanent ferry service to Manhattan. The Rockaway Peninsula is desperate for steady, reliable transportation to help with the revitalization of this community in the post-Hurricane Sandy era.

    14. KEEP THE ROCKAWAY FERRY!

      Sailing: The Rockaway Ferry

      Scenic views from the Rockaway Ferry's service to Manhatten. All photographs by Laura Deckelman. "Sailing", words and music by Christopher Cross. Please support the effort to make the Rockaway Ferry service permanent. Visit "Rockaway United to Save Our Ferry!" on FaceBook.

    15. Reached 1,500 signatures
    16. SAVE THE ROCKAWAY FERRY

      Save The Rockaway Ferry

      Laura Deckelman, a photojournalist and professional photographer. Expresses her artistic view on the urgent matter of Saving The Rockaway Ferry from closing service on January 31, 2014. We have to convince the elected city officials to make The Rockaway Ferry available to the citizens of the Rockaways on a permanent basis.

    17. Reached 1,000 signatures
    18. GREAT COMMENTS, KEEP THEM COMING!

      Our supporters are great! The comments prove that having an affordable high speed ferry service on the weekend during the summer in Rockaway would be beneficial to those living in Manhattan as well as in the Rockaways. KEEP WRITING YOUR OPINIONS! All comments will be shown to MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO at the PRESS CONFERENCE on APRIL 3, 2014.

    19. Reached 500 signatures
    20. Reached 250 signatures
    21. PRESS CONFERENCE APRIL 3, 2014 -SHOW YOUR SUPPORT!

      Thank you for signing our petition to extend the Rockaway Ferry service to include weekends this summer.

      Emotions are high and support is strong.

      One thing is clear: ROCKAWAY WANTS OUR FERRY!

      We hope to present Mayor Bill de Blasio with the signed petitions at a Press Conference hosted by the Rockaway Committee To Save The Ferry.
      PLEASE JOIN US AND
      CONTINUE YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE ROCKAWAY FERRY!

      “Thank You” Press Conference for
      Mayor de Blasio’s extension of the Rockaway Ferry service.

      Many elected officials will be joining us.

      Come join us showing your continued support for our Rockaway Ferry.

      Thursday April 3rd 2014 – 6 P.M.

      Beach 108th St. & BEACH CHANNEL DRIVE

    22. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Joseph Moreno ROCKAWAY, NY
      • 1 day ago

      Ending this ferry seems like a waste of good economic opportunity.

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    • Michael Dickesheid ROCKAWAY PARK, NY
      • 17 days ago

      I love taking the 9:25am Ferry...............I see 3 or 4 locals coming off the boat at that time...........I have not seen any tourists at that hour........and it it is the last aytime boat............I don't see where tourism is increased.

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    • Charles O'Donnell BELLE HARBOR, NY
      • 27 days ago

      Rockaway is forgotten. We are taxpayers. Rockaway needs adequate transportation.

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    • Pearl F BELLE HARBOR, NY
      • about 1 month ago

      It's the best way and the fastest direct route to Manhattan for work

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    • Steven Engel WOODMERE, NY
      • about 1 month ago

      It's good for the residents of the community to have a nice alternative commute

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