2003-07-11 / Columnists

Sprayview Sticks Stones

by Environmental Reporter Bernard Blum
Sprayview Sticks Stones by Environmental Reporter Bernard Blum


City Hall Protest, circa 1990. Blum, left, with other Rockaway activists, including Jonathon Sigal and Steve Wohl.City Hall Protest, circa 1990. Blum, left, with other Rockaway activists, including Jonathon Sigal and Steve Wohl.

Mayor Giuliani was chosen by the powers-that-be to be like Wyatt Earp of Tombstone in the Nevada Territory of the "Old west." He was to bring the crime rate down.

To do this, his government had to make everybody who lives in the city potential perps, so as not to make it appear that one or a few were the targets! It’s deniable plausibility….

Collateral damage was built into the program with the Ponzi scheme that there will always be enough taxpayer funds to draw on to fight litigation (that skyrocketed) from taxpayers who were somehow harmed in the process of cutting crime. The concept of "necessary evil" comes to mind or "the end justifies the means." To say the least, it’s "authoritarian" and if you are an ideologues "fascistic!"

Since many people were not hurt by his governance, there is popularity. And whether there is some wisdom that evaluates that a government that devours people keeps them from devouring each other, there are Borough Park leaders calling for an investigation from Mayor Bloomberg over the shooting of Gideon Bush and his rights. I spoke with his mother, and all in all excessive force is a lethal instrument and not at all a lethal weapon for gunplay of the "Old West." Was it seven officers against one Billy the Kid?

So maybe the readership doesn’t, but I meditate over the aforementioned when Rudolph Giuliani name pops up for future office and it’s noted that the current Draft Environmental Impact statement for Arverne and Edgemere Renewal Areas has no discussion/mention/suggestion that the habitat analysis involves the bulldozing away of massive amounts of topsoil and living vegetation (like topsoil and habitat rustling in the Rockaway territory) and here it was Earp and his posse pulling it off with productivity quotas! But since the topsoil rustling (where are the piles?) was substituted for opening up blocked creeks of mosquito breeding stagnant water, this quality of life issue ‘targeting actual causation’ had no quotas but mosquito farming numbers to promote more bulldozing as mosquitoes breed (sic) in vegetation and topsoil! So band-aid style approaches (traps, chemicals, etc) have been used to pacify the sufferers. So is this acceptable now in another WNV season? Should there be protests at the beaches and at City Hall?

There was one protest at City Hall over the small city the planners tried to overwhelm Rockaway with (an opinion) and it’s still a goal. Note in the photo Jonathan Sigal of "All Rockaway planning" (now VP, Congregation Derech Emunoh) explaining the problem of ‘Planning Growth’ to Rose Stenzler of a Transportation Planning Coalition. Steve Wohl (Environmental Activist and Conservationist) is standing next to Mr. Segal. In a striped polo I am standing next to Kahanamoku size surfboard – it’s bearer mighty strong as was the Duke! There was unity, effort, and fun. But the Board of Estimate voted for a big development with insufficient waterfront water-dependent use revitalization! At least the Duke Kahanamoku Way proposal was mapped back in at Beach 38 Street. But what now? The current plans ignore surfing and the Duke Kahanamoku Way dedication.


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