2001-09-15 / Letters

City Hall Weasels

City Hall Weasels

Dear Editor;

Notwithstanding the impassioned arguments, heard in recent days, that Bronx Borough President Fernando Fernando Ferrer is too close to Rev. Al Sharpton to be supported in his mayoral campaign, I don’t recall hearing anything divisive from Ferrer when he spoke a few weeks ago to the Rockaway Chamber of Commerce.

Indeed, I recall hearing Mr. Ferrer say that Rockaway should be a destination, not a neglected part of the city.

The attacks on Mr. Ferrer have not registered with me. How worse would a Ferrer administration be to me, after the campaign orchestrated by City Hall to get new owners at Dayton Seaside? If people are put off by Mr. Ferrer’s suggestion that we have two New Yorks, today, and something should be done about the "other" New York, my Dayton Seaside ordeal is ample proof to me that I am part of the other New York; the New York that is excluded from the halls of government. The truth is that the two New Yorkers are a function of insider politics, not race of ethnicity.

There will remain two New Yorks so long as leaders serve personal ambition, not the common good, and of course, also their political buddies, keeping the rest of us shut off from the political process.

To those who would say that Ferrer administration would harm the city’s economy, I would note that the insider politics presently practiced is not exactly an equal economic opportunity society. Certainly Rev. Al Sharpton himself, could not have caused my personal economic status more harm that the City Hall insiders who employed raw political power, not fair procedure, against me and my family at Dayton Seaside.

And consider the irony. So many of the leaders of the war on Dayton Seaside, in City Hall and in Queens, have now reached the end of their political careers. I think someone above was watching Dayton Seaside.


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