I am writing in response to the allegations made in last week's edition by Howard Schwach regarding the proposed site for a new school along Rockaway boulevard.
My only involvement in this proposal was my concern over the business along 98 street, which would be adjacent to the new school. My concern was also for the residents living in this area as well. I met with the School Construction Authority and informed them of my concern for traffic, especially at arrival and dismissal and how SCA could effectively bring buses into the area with as little impact on the businesses and residents as possible.
At no time did I suggest moving the school from its original position, where Americana Lanes and White Castle now stand. I have not remained silent on this issue and have stated numerous times that I will support any changes regarding the proposed school and its site that are favored by the community. My position has not and will not change.
The fact that I am the president of the Ozone-Howard Little League is irrelevant. I pride myself on the fact that my duties as little league president do not, and will not, interfere in my duties as councilman. To make such an accusation that I would seek to destroy a little league that has helped many young children blossom is outrageous. Anyone who really knows me, knows that I have always been a supporter of youth services and the children of this entire city. To state otherwise is a lie and quite frankly, done to simply antagonize a person.
Additionally, Mr. Schwach also mentioned my intent to simply get "good ink" regarding the FAA and the sites for hearings on the proposed change of aircraft routes. Well, we did not have to wait all that long, Mr. Schwach, as a press release sent to The Wave this week indicated. The FAA has responded to my letter and scheduled a hearing at the Ramada for Thursday, January 13, 2000. So I guess the squeaky wheel does get the oil.
In the future, while I believe in free speech, I also believe that a person should know the facts before they hurl accusations, whether it is in an article or column.
ALFONSO C. STABILE