2001-07-28 / Letters

Ire Over Council Meeting

Ire Over Council Meeting

Dear Editor;

The City Council meeting on the closing of token booths was a carbon copy of what goes on at every other New York government meeting. After attending one of these meetings, one can easily see why government doesn’t and can’t work.

If you had closed your eyes you would have thought that you were at a Community Board 14 meeting. There were about three hundred people from various organizations throughout the city, and many of them showed up with the belief that they would relay a message to the Transit Authority and elected officials. They would soon come to realize that their testimony meant nothing at all.

First, the TA officials were greeted by City Council members with gracious pats on the back for the great job they were doing, although Council members had no other choice but to go along with the public.

The closing of token booths is a one-sided issue. So the TA officials made their speeches and left. The public never got a chance to confront them, and the Council members made sure of that. It’s not so easy to play both sides, but I guess you get really good at it in your training as a City Council member.

The next thing we had to endure was the speeches by candidates for Borough Presidency and City Council. They spoke one after another and left. Again, three hundred or so public members got shafted big-time! Some of them left in disgust, and other fools like myself stayed to testify to the four walls. Is it any wonder why our community boards act the way they do.

The present government in New York hasn’t a fraction of respect for the public, and unfortunately this has become the norm. Term limits was not an accident. It was a well thought out plan by well meaning people. I firmly believe it is a cleansing process. The next government in the City of New York will be made up of newcomers in politics, and it will hopefully mark the beginning of a better system.

I am very suspicious of the four to one matching funds. Who does it really benefit? It benefits the present politicians who are being term limited out and moving on to higher office. If they had been sincere about helping newcomers they would have provided those funds a long time ago. It’s nice of them to make believe they are doing something for someone else when they are actually doing it for themselves.

JOHN BAXTER

DISTRICT LEADER, INDEPENDENCE PARTY


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