2010-10-08 / Letters

Wohl’s Letter Libelous

Dear Editor,

I am writing in direct response to a letter published in your paper, Friday, October 1, 2010 by STEPHEN WOHL, a resident of Dayton Beach Park, a cooperative community here in Rockaway Beach.

Currently, I serve as a Board Member and President of the Board of Directors of Dayton Beach. On several occasions THE WAVE has elected to publish letters from Mr. Wohl to its print readership of thousands and millions online which are libelous in nature, accusing me of corruption (specifically theft of Shareholder resources as part of a large governmental conspiracy of elected officials), that would, if it were true, constitute a serious crime. As THE WAVE continues to publish these false allegations from Mr. Wohl without doing its own investigation of his claims, I have no choice but to address Mr. WOHL here in THE WAVE Letters section, as I will to the Stockholders, and eventually in person to Mr. Wohl and others directly concerned in these acts as I am supremely sincere in receiving definitive binding remedy:

1. The removal of the underground oil tanks at Dayton Beach has been scheduled for nearly TEN YEARS and is a requirement under the terms of its mortgage. When discussion on tank removal began, I was still in college, at home with my parents, not a Stockholder and most certainly not a Board Member. Time and new technologies have opened the pathway for smaller tanks to be used for heating purposes.

By removing the large underground tanks, Dayton Beach abandons the old worn cracked tanks that are associated with filing of yearly expensive Title V emission reports to the State.

The same old worn cracked tanks that led to Dayton Beach being fined $429,785.74 for the failure of the prior Board (the Board Mr. Wohl touts as being great) to file those Title V reports that documents #6 oil usage.

Fines were doubled when leakage was found in the surrounding soils.

The same fines that the current Board vigorously fought on behalf of the Stockholders to prevent ANOTHER large maintenance increase. The fines were only settled with a $400,000+ reduction with help of Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, another person often unfairly attacked in your publication by Mr. WOHL.

2. NO Stockholder displaced by the removal of the oil tanks will have to pay for rental of their parking spots.

As no Stockholder is required to pay when the co-op takes action on necessary LONG AWAITED and neglected repairs to the buildings.

3. Mr. Wohl writes so passionately (and fraudulently) about all that is wrong in Dayton Beach as if he is a true patriot standing up for sound Democratic Right. Only those of us who are familiar Mr. Wohl’s true history (OH CANADA!) realize this is not the case. In his letters he fails to mention that in two years Dayton Beach went from being over million plus in deficit to its first SURPLUS in ten years. That Dayton Beach completely paid off every dime owed of the $1.4 million three-year-old water bills that caused it to be named the number two largest non-payer in the city.

That it has substantially repaved most of its parking lots from the crater city it once was with more paving to come, that Dayton Beach has new elevators, new laundry rooms, painted every common hallway, stairwell, retiled every common area floor, completed large portions of the renovations to Building 8400 saving the Stockholders $1,595,000. Not to mention new plants, trees, signage, cleanness and a renewed dedication that most of the hardworking Stockholders here have deserved and didn’t get until new Board Members were elected.

As independent thinker I strongly support freedom of expression and speech in all forms. However, what I have always been and always will be is a fierce opponent of Lies and the Lying Liars who tell them. For far too long, people like Mr. Wohl have used THE WAVE to strike fear into the hearts of Dayton Beach Stockholders to stall or sway voting in Dayton Beach Board elections. In 2004, Dayton Beach Stockholders relented what they got in return was a BIG maintenance increase, fines, more debt and dirty worn buildings to show for it. Letting the small, loud, ignorant few win caused our homes great harm. I for one am committed for the duration to ensure it never happens again. I didn’t let personal attacks, vandalism, and offensive racist threats halt the work to make Dayton Beach better and I won’t allow Mr. Wohl’s baseless rants in the letters section of THE WAVE stop Dayton Beach Park either.


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