2009-11-13 / Letters

Bloomberg Out of Touch

Dear Editor,

I believe Mayor Bloomberg is a good man who wanted to make New York beautiful, with beautiful buildings, million dollar luxury parks, million dollar skating rinks, golf courses, and carousels. I believe it is in his heart and in his blood. Whether or not he is the next mayor of this great city, his beautification " of New York will be his legacy. But what happened along the way to get to these remarkable upgrades? Does he understand that he hurts people?

How many fire stations did we lose? How many elderly had to have yard sales because they were losing their homes, which were paid for decades ago, due to high property taxes or high water bills? How many old plates and antique lamps did you buy that still had an old lady's tears on them? At one thrift sale, I had to go back three times because the lady hated to sell her beautiful coats she loved so much. But now she had to give up her apartment in Manhattan to go live with her kids. Now, why were we fined $50 for feeding the birds? Why is the ice cream man fined $500 if his jingle can be heard? How many city workers were threatened with a pink slip? How many of your fellow elderly friends died because they could not handle losing their homes? How many hundreds of plumb ers were hired to cut off the water for 5,000 homes whose water bills were in arrears? How many times did the MTA fares go up, when the train steps in the Rockaways are so raggedy that you can put your en - tire hand into the cracks in the worn down metal steps, which are now boarded up?

Somewhere down in my heart, I be - lieve that mayoral candidate Thomp - son is right. Bloomberg just doesn't understand. Well, maybe one day he will learn that a beautiful city does not walk over the little people. It does not throw thousands and thousands of people out of their homes. A beautiful city does not raise folks' rent by 37% and then increase the rent to $10 extra per room for the retired middle class, now on fixed incomes. A beautiful city does not have the average sale price for an apartment as $1.4 million, as in Manhattan according to three media sources.

I am a veteran living in public housing and for the last four or five years, there was just not enough money to fix my rusting bathtub, because even though 75% of NYCHA tenants are in the working class, there was just not enough money appropriated to fix my rusty bathtub. As American veterans, we were willing to die for Bloomberg's freedom. So as I read about the million dollar skating rinks going up, I wonder how much money it would have cost our mayor to fix my bathtub. It is obvious that for veterans, the elderly, middle class, and the poor, the mayor has no love.

When men are rich, I do not believe they should apologize, because I realize that it is a blessing from God for them to have this prize. But there is one rule that goes for all men, high and low. This rule travels with a man here and wherever he may go. 'Never walk on the little people.' It's like kicking God in the toe.

There are many who had wealth yesterday who don't have it anymore. More than being the mayor, he needs to think of his global reputation. His global business could go down and he could live in a more humble situation, and he too could have an old man's tears on his plate. I pray that never happens. I pray it is not too late for him to learn to understand the pain he has caused his fellow New Yorkers. I know, he just wanted beautiful buildings. But poor Mayor Bloomberg has never seen the blood and tears that were mixed in the bricks and mortar. He truly does not understand.

JEAN JENKINS

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