The article “Cracking down on cabs” (Sept. 26-Oct. 2) illustrates the extent to which the current, out-of-control village administration has lost touch with reality. “Cracking” is an appropriate term when it comes to the thought processes on the issue.
My volunteer activities sometimes require me to be in Rockville Centre’s downtown area on weekends between the hours of midnight and 4 a.m. Unlike Police Commissioner Charles Gennario, I was extremely gratified to see vehicles from almost every local taxi cab company lined up to provide transportation to the hundreds of patrons of our popular late-night establishments. It appears that Commissioner Gennario would prefer that these under-the-influence individuals stumble their way the 1/4 mile across Merrick Road and Sunrise Highway to reach Mayor Murray’s favorite and exclusive taxi company, All Island Taxi.
Gennario also seems to favor the congregation of a hundred or so inebriated bar patrons, waiting at the taxi stand on Front Street for one of the maybe dozen or so vehicles All Island has available at that hour. Does the word “riot” come to mind? Better yet, perhaps Commissioner Gennario prefers that these individuals get behind the wheel of a car instead of the tiny waiting room All Island provides in cold weather.
I strongly suggest that Commissioner Gennario continue to allow enforcement of the village’s taxi laws to “slip,” at least during the late-night hours on Fridays and Saturdays. To do otherwise will only result in increased police overtime and increasing revenue for the village’s paid ambulance service.
The benefits of a bar patron walking out the front door of a bar and into the back of a taxi is somehow lost on the commissioner. If Gennario is unable to see how public safety would be compromised by this crackdown, perhaps Mayor Murray can demonstrate some leadership and order him to do so before one of our young people is seriously injured. I would rather sacrifice a few “quality of life” hours that have the late-night downtown “resembling Queens” than read about one of our young people being struck and killed on Sunrise Highway.
Perhaps making Park Avenue a no-parking zone during these hours would provide a novel solution to resolve the double parking problem while making it convenient and safe for taxis and designated drivers to pick up under-the-weather individuals. Let’s work with the reality and defer to safety and not police it into an unsafe, dangerous change in policy.