By Jon Cronin, Editor
Mayor Bill de Blasio hosted his 46th town hall in Belle Harbor with Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), a frequent critic of the mayor, on Tuesday night.
The mayor and Ulrich acknowledged their differences, but stated that they have known each other for many years and are, in fact, friends.
“The mayor deserves points for coming to this community,” said Ulrich, noting that the school where they were holding the town hall “was not popular for you on election day.”
Regarding Ulrich’s dipping his toe into running for mayor, de Blasio asked, “Didn’t you have a reality show about that?”
“More to come on that,” Ulrich said.
Ulrich said that although they may disagree on some things, de Blasio is everyone’s mayor and since Election Day has passed, it is now time for them to work together for the people of the city.
“Washington could take a lesson from us,” de Blasio said.
The mayor mentioned several projects that the city has prioritized for the district in recent years. The most notable for the transportation-starved Rockaways is the ferry system, he said.
“We built this thing, so no one could take it away. God help the mayor that tries to take from you,” de Blasio said, adding that the ferry system has been successful.
“We have ordered bigger boats,” he said.
He noted that the region had received the most new pre-K seats in the city, jumping from 256 seats in 2013 to 1,349 this year. The mayor added that Community Education Council 27 will get 3-K for All next fall and that applications will begin to be accepted in February.
The mayor also announced that he will travel to nation’s capital at the end of January to advocate for a more expedient timeline for the Army Corp of Engineers’ sustainability project along the Rockaway shoreline. The federal government has noted that it should be completed in 2020, but the mayor hopes to have it finished by 2018.
Read more in this week’s print edition of the Queens Tribune.