2008-10-03 / Letters

Unethical Behavior

Dear Editor,

This being election year I would like to let the people know about what some of our representatives are up to. This is about the Waterfront Committee in the City Council. The Waterfront Committee is one of the most important committees in our government. In 2003 when I was inquiring about the way developers were violating the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) of 1972, I contacted the City Council and got the names of the committee members. I wrote to every member, and requested a meeting. I didn't get a response from any one of them. I pointed out with documented evidence, the locations where the violations were taking place. All I noticed since then were more locations with more violations. The main ingredient in the CZMA is that you cannot block existing Public Access or Visual Corridors to the water. Builders all over the city were building on top of public streets, private walkways without the slightest regard for the CZMA. This behavior could not take place with out the Waterfront Committee closing their eyes, and looking the other way.

It is also important to know that the eight members of the committee were attorneys, and all Democrats. David Yassky chairman, Joseph Addabbo, Vincent J. Gentile, Alan J. Gerson, Eric N. Gioia, Sara M. Gonzalez, Michael E. McMahon, Gale A. Brewer. There is no excuse for the violations that were committed by developers all over the city. All of the attorneys should be stripped of their licenses and forced to resign from office. Each one of them has broken a public trust. That's the least that should happen. Otherwise, what is the point? The Roman Empire fell because of corruption from within. The USA is in trouble today because of corruption. The taxpayers of America have spent more than five billion dollars in just the State of New York to guarantee that the State of New York carry out the rules and regulations set forth in the CZMA. The State takes the money and ignores the law. What an insult to the taxpayer.

It is time to demand that our representatives represent us, and not the special interests. We can start by correcting the violations and punishing the ones responsible.

JOHN BAXTER

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