2010-10-08 / Letters

The Opossums Of Rockaway

Dear Editor,

Seen any Opossums lately? Well have faith, because you will be seeing plenty of them soon. Rumor has it that they multiply faster than crooked politicians. At that rate they will be all over the place sooner than later. You heard the old expression, “The cure is worse than the disease.” The buggers overrun parts of Brooklyn. Opossums that is. The people are outraged and they are blaming City Hall. It all started three years ago when a Sanitation official told a packed room of Community Board 15 “town hall” meeting attendees that the city had “brought Opossums in to gobble up the rats.” That statement was repeated in March by Councilman Dominic Recchia, to the Kings Courier newspaper representing Flatbush, Georgetown and Kings Highway.

Community Board 15 Chairwoman Theresa Scavo suggested that the city is just playing possum desperately trying to cover up its Mickey Mouse operation. The minutes of that meeting kept by a member of Community Board 15 stated, “The department of Sanitation said that the city brought possums in to take care of the rat problem.”

Sanitation Department spokeswoman Letters Kathy Dawkins said she was told that no such statements by a Sanitation Official was made at that meeting of Community Board 15 three years ago. Now that the birdbrain plan by city officials has failed they are denying that they approved it. Board 15 is sticking to their guns and they are demanding action to get rid of the Opossums. Now the question is, “How did Opossums get to Rockaway with Lew Simon picketing all the time on the Bridges?”

JOHN BAXTER

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