City Hall’s Disrespect
City Hall's Disrespect
Amid all the concern that City Hall is going to hit us with heavy property taxes, we should be grateful that Mayor Bloomberg has not yet taken the property tax approach of the previous administration - at Dayton Seaside.
That approach was quite remarkable, even Kafkaesque and extra-legal, I suspect. First, do not settle property taxes, then run up huge and artificial claims of tax arrears - and then bring tax foreclosure actions against the property owners. Yes, let us be thankful Mayor Bloomberg has not taken the extra-legal way of the previous administration to squeeze property owners who become designated targets.
On reflection, I think the brutal treatment prior administrations gave Dayton Seaside reflects, in part, the disrespect, really, that City Hall has for Rockaway. And the current Arverne controversy is consistent with the way City Hall has treated Rockaway - either with a heavy hand - or no hand at all. A helping hand? Hardly ever.
"A bad cause seldom fails to betray itself." I continue to believe in this insight from Federalist Paper No. 41. For this insight to become operative, we need to find just a few officials who have a conscience and a commitment to the common good. And we need to remind the media and Manhattan - Rockaway counts. To read the New York Times, a Rockaway story appears once a year, end of summer, about surfboarding near 116 Street. Well, Rockaway counts for a lot more than that. A lot more.
DAVID R. ZUKERMAN