2010-03-05 / Letters

The Parade And The Mayor

Dear Editor,

Last year, I stood on a friend’s porch during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade holding signs meant for the Mayor to read: Stop Congestion Pricing, No Tolls On East River Bridges, Keep Cross Bay Bridge Free. Last year the Mayor knew something that we did not. He knew he was running for a third term despite our twice told mandate to restrict term limits to two terms. This year, when deficits abound, the Mayor, a prime cause for the deficits, is sending test rumbles carrying the same messages: imposing east river bridge tolls and congestion pricing and restoring the Cross Bay toll. But, because this is not an election year he does not have to listen to us. I wonder if he will even attend our parade this year.

The mayor is currently cutting Parks funding and personnel as one of his sacrifices to tough times. However, this same mayor never saw this coming last year or the year before when he was giving salary hikes out in the city like they were condoms? This same mayor reached into our pockets and gave the Mets 33 million dollars toward building their new stadium named for a bank that paid for the privilege with our TARP money. When that 33 million dollar gift was insufficient, he “gave” them 25 million more. That is, Met owners do not have to pay back a cent to a financially strapped city. What a deal! This cavalier attitude toward money management combined with his lack of fiscal foresight has gotten our city into deep financial trouble which he will inevitably extricate himself from by taxing us to death. If the mayor decides to show up for the parade, show him how you feel by creating signs for him to read on route. Some signs in addition to those rejecting tolls and congestion pricing might read, “R.E. and Water Tax - How much is enough?”

“Replace Nuisance Summonses with Fiscal Responsibility.” My guess is Bloomberg won’t show up because he

doesn’t have to as he is not running for anything. On the outside chance he does make an appearance, why not show him how you feel?

JOAN METTLER

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