Sanders Responds To Wave
In regards to your misleading and insulting article entitled 'Drinking at the Public Trough' In your article, you stated that I allocated $24,000 to the rockaway Peninsula Civic Association and $25,000 to Friends of Gateway, which are groups which provide worthy services to our seniors and our communities. The fact is that both of these groups received less than $4,000 out of my budget.
Seemingly in this time where the press seems to be on a witch hunt to find politicians "hands in the cookie jar", "The Wave" couldn't resist the temptation.
The two "phantom organizations" that haven't existed for two years are the Rockaway People's Network and the Rockaway Peninsula Civic Association, are two groups which have received press from your very newspaper. In fact if you look in "The Wave" on July 13, 2007, you will see the promotion of "Function At the Junction", which is an event which is sponsored every year by the Rockaway People's Network. Lastly, if one wanted to question the Rockaway Peninsula Civic Association, feel free to visit them at the Sorrentino Senior Center on Cornaga Avenue. In fact, I invite "The Wave" to visit them with me in the upcoming week when I will enjoy a hearty meal with my seniors.
While there may have been some indiscretions among some of my colleagues, I am not among them. Also what some would consider pork funds ensure that activities and summer meals are provided for senior citizens and other worthy organizations. The Wave owes such groups an apology.
P.S.-This should be put on the front page of your paper as well!!!
JAMES SANDERS, JR.