2009-10-16 / Letters

All Hail Emperor Mike

Dear Editor,

There are elections coming in the near future and some of us are going to vote for people we know very little about even though they have been in office for eight years. 'Emperor' Mayor Michael Bloomberg is one of them. I know a lot of people love 'Emperor Mike' and that is because they really don't know him. You have to ask the question: "Why would anyone spend so much money on a non-paying job?" Is it because 'Emperor Mike' likes the city so much that he is eager to work for free, or is it something else? Well, let's take a look at some of 'Emperor Mike's well hidden secrets.

It's no secret how he overturned term limits and defied the will of the people. The eminent domain case that was decided by the highest court in the land is now known as the Kelo vs. City of London case. When the developer in Connecticut was dragging Susette Kelo through the courts because she refused the developer, 'Emperor Mike' sent corporation council Michael Cardoza to fight on the side of the developer.

Is that working for free as 'Emperor Mike' would have you believe? I would like to know how much taxpayers' money was used to evict Susette Kelo from her home in order to hand it over to a private developer. The 2005 Kelo case was one of the most controversial cases in the court's history, because now a developer can knock on your door and say he wants to buy your house and you are compelled by law to sell it to him.

No one I spoke to believes that, but you better wake up and prepare for shock. All the builder has to prove is that he will be paying more taxes than you are paying now. Sounds nuts? Of course it does but it is the law now, thanks to 'Emperor Mike' and his team of attorneys. So before you walk, stagger, crawl, blindfolded, cane, crutches, wheelchair, carried, dragged, screaming, or whatever way you enter that voting machine to pull the lever, go to Google and look up Susette Kelo video. See Susette Kelo tell the story in her own words. If you do that, you will not be pulling the lever for 'Emperor Mike' no matter how often you have kissed his feet.

'Emperor Mike' has had his developing team in place for years. The waterfront committee of the city council was made up of mostly if not all attorneys, Chairman David Yassky, Joseph P. Addabbo, Vincent J. Gentil, Allen J. Gerson, Eric N. Gioia, Michael E. McMahon, Gale A Brewer and Sara M. Gonzolez. The entire committee along with 'Emperor Mike' should be investigated for the way they turned a blind eye to developers breaking the federal law, the Coastal Zone Management Act 1972. 'Emperor Mike's hand picked developers built across public streets, public walkways blocking off public access, and visual corridors to the water in order to provide private housing for the rich and to hell with the ones who could not afford to purchase the high priced waterfronts. Recently the two waterfront commissioners, along with their entire staffs, had to resign in disgrace. Can 'Emperor Mike' and his waterfront committee be far behind?

Did anyone ask lately what happened to deputy mayor Daniel Doctoroff, the real architect in the scheme? Doctoroff was and still is most likely, a partner with the Duane Reade that was illegally built across Beach 116 Street here in Rockaway. The application for Duane Reade was self-certified and contained false information in order to obtain permits. Doctoroff's plan for the 2010 Olympics was railroaded by the Olympic committee because the committee didn't want the wrath of the people from Rockaway fighting them for violating the CZMA. Oh, where have you gone Mr. Doctoroff? You might be asked to come back soon. One never knows, does one? Maybe people are waking up. We can only hope. Gioia lost his bid for public advocate. Incumbent Gerson lost the primaries. It looks like Yassky will lose in the runoff. So I say to you. Do to 'Emperor Mike' what he would do to you. Take his money and vote against him.

JOHN BAXTER

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