2009-09-11 / Letters

No Public Advocate Needed

Dear Editor,

Last Sunday, August 30, 2009 I watched the debate on Channel 7 at 11 a.m. among Bill de Blasio, Mark Green, Norman Siegel and Eric Gioia. They are candidates for Public Advocate. Most people in the city feel that there is no need for that position and it should be abolished altogether. Now that's one way of saving money for the taxpayers, but Emperor mayor Mike wouldn't have any of that. One could say the same for the borough presidents. Just look at the waste there. Borough presidents and the public advocate have little or no say in running the city of New York. All they are is pit stops for the people in power running to keep themselves in office. A built-in campaign headquarters with huge staffs at taxpayers' expense, you could say. And just look at the valuable real estate under their rear ends. Anyway, de Blasio was head and shoulders above the other three candidates on the stage. Someone should have asked him how the weather was up there. Maybe he could answer that, because he couldn't answer anything else. Mark Green said he was the most qualified because he held the position for eight years one time. No one has any

Letters shame anymore. At least Mark knows where all the dead bodies are.

Norman Siegel stated that he was the most qualified because he is not afraid to step on toes and fight the good fight. I had to take a second look to make sure it was the same fellow I went to see when I lost in the Queens courthouse. I was sued for $32 million and I had to appeal it. Oh it was he all right. Norman was the top banana at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). When he read my case he looked at me and told me that he could not even file a friend of the court brief on my behalf because he thought I was going to lose. I knew better. Not only did I win, but all four judges agreed with me. I called up genius Norman and told him. He dropped everything he was doing and set out for the courthouse to see for himself. He was shocked that all four judges ruled in my favor. He was the first one to appear at the celebration party and made a crowd-cheering speech. If you didn't know any better you would have sworn that he was my attorney. Some people don't know what the word shame is. Genius Norman might be good at a meaningless donothing job like Public Advocate, maybe.

Eric Gioia said that he knew how to work with people. Boy, he sure does. He was one of the seven members of the waterfront committee of the City Council. Wow, did those seven lawyers (Rafts) work with people, people like the developers on the waterfronts that broke every federal, state and city law in the book to put up illegal developments. Unlike the two waterfront commissioners who resigned in disgrace a few weeks ago along with their entire staffs, the seven rafts, even though they abandoned the waterfront committee when the heat was on, are now gearing up for greener pastures without Snow White. No shame there. Eric will work with anyone, especially Emperor Mike if he is elected Public Advocate. Eric can steer Emperor Mike in the right, or wrong direction when it comes to illegal development on the waterfronts. The seven rafts used the federal laws to deny the developers that were not chosen by Emperor Mike, and when the chosen ones came along the seven rafts took the federal laws with them to the bathroom. It's another fine mess you got me into Ollie.

JOHN BAXTER

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