2008-05-23 / Letters

Don't Assume What You Don't Know

Dear Editor,

I would like to respond to a letter in the May 16 edition of the WAVE from Joanne Smith, former president of Dayton Beach Park. Your accusation as to who invited me to the meeting concerning Dayton Beach Park's unpaid water bills was unfounded. Maybe you have been misinformed. I didn't know that you wanted to keep local elected officials from assisting the shareholders in this situation.

For over 21 years the Good Government Regular Democratic Club has had an active membership, including past and present members of the Dayton Beach Park board and shareholders. We received over 25 calls from members who are Dayton Beach Park shareholders asking for advice and assistance. I have always made it my business to assist anyone who needs my help.

I have attended annual meetings and consulted with officers at Dayton Towers Cooperative, Breezy Point Cooperative, and other Mitchell Lama and private cooperatives in the area. I am also blessed to be able to call on knowledgeable people who sit on coop boards.

When Dayton Beach Park faced a financial crisis in 2004, the HPD planned a public meeting at its 100 Gold Street office in Manhattan. I called Gary Sloman at HPD and asked that the meeting location be changed to make it convenient to Dayton Beach Park shareholders.

The applause by shareholders was loud and clear when I spoke. There were only three disgruntled former board members who screamed that they wanted me to be thrown out because I wasn't a resident.

After my statement you called me over to ask me if I was accusing you of wrongdoing. I said I asked Gary Sloman if an independent accountant and attorney had reviewed the books and how this situation had been allowed to go on for two years without notifying the shareholders.

I never pointed a finger at you or any board members. We are very proud of our track record of helping all. I am sorry if you did not want my help. Every shareholder and applicant to Dayton Beach Park should be concerned if there are any irregularities in the waiting list, signed contracts, mortgage records and other financial information. If this information was not available to you as president, we would ask why not? The waiting list and other financial information should be available to all shareholders.

I did not go to the Dayton Beach Park meeting to gain more constituents because I do not represent the area. I do go to help those friends who ask for and need my help.

LEW M. SIMON

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