The Wave Was Wrong
In regards to your misleading and insulting article entitled "Drinking at the Public Trough." In your article, you stated that Sanders allocated $24,000 to the Rockaway Peninsula Civic Association and $25,000 to the Friends of Gateway, which are both groups that provide
worthy services to
our seniors and community. In fact, both of these groups received less than $4,000 dollars 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 Rockaway's Peoples Network and the Rockaway Peninsula Civic Association are the two "phantom organizations" that have yet exist for two years, but has received press from your very newspaper. In fact if you look at "The Wave" on July 13, 2007, you will see the promotion of "Function at The Junction," which is sponsored yearly by the Rockaway's Peoples Network. Lastly if you 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 along with me in the upcoming week where 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 ensures that activities and summer meals are provided for senior citizens and other worthy organizations. "The Wave" owes such organizations an apology.
JAMES SANDERS JR.