2009-07-31 / Letters

Funds In The Neponsit Association

Dear Editor,

I have been a resident of Neponsit for the past 19 years. I was an active member of the Neponsit Association up until recently for the following reasons:

I had been writing letters to the association to spruce up and clean out the small park on the corner of Beach 144 Street and Cronston Avenue, as it was a sight for sore eyes. I persisted with phone calls and letters and the response always seemed to be the same, that I needed to call the Parks Department. That park is part of Neponsit and should be kept up through funds from the association. Funds, I might add, that my family has contributed to for the past 19 years.

The second incident involved both my parents and I when we each received a plant welcoming us to the neighborhood. My parents have lived in their house for 19 years and I have lived in mine for the past eight years. When I called the association about their error and questioned how they appropriate funds, I was rudely hung up on.

This is when I decided that I was not going to contribute my hard earned money to an organization that I feel is not contributing funds fairly.

This past week I received a "Past Due" invoice from the Neponsit Association. Well, today I finally had the displeasure of speaking with the President of the Neponsit Association, Mr. Peter Sammon. As I was speaking to him he was rude, unprofessional and threatening. When I told him I did not want to be part of the association any longer, and to please take me off of Neponsit Association's roster, he proceeded to have the audacity to call me a "deadbeat" and then hung up the phone on me without asking me what had changed in 10 years.

Mr. Sammon, I am not a deadbeat; you know nothing about me. Let me fill you in on a couple of different organizations that I have been a major sponsor for: Sunset on The Park, St. Rose of Lima, Wounded Warrior Project, The Graybeards, Rockaway Irish Boys, St. Francis de Sales, Catholic Youth Organization (I sponsor numerous teams), and Wounded Warrior Family Sponsor.

I could go on and on and on about all of the smaller contributions, as well as my time, that I have given to Rockaway and Breezy Point, but at this time I believe my reputation and my actions can speak for themselves— very loudly I might add. What have you personally contributed to your neighborhood out of your pocket, Mr. Sammon? I'm sure we all want to know.

If I was still a member of the Association, I would call for an immediate audit for all members to see how their money is being spent.


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