2010-11-19 / Letters

Unqualified Political Hacks

Dear Editor,

How do we continually let unqualified political hacks make life altering decisions for us? Now that got your attention! Federal Judge Garufis, appointed by Bill Clinton, has two mind boggling rulings under his belt. The first is his ruling on the New York City firefighter exam. He has ruled in favor of the Vulcan Society, a black firefighter fraternal organization, that the exam is prejudiced. The fact that black candidates don’t do as well as white candidates is grounds for a lawsuit. It has nothing to do with the fact that maybe one group is better qualified than the other. The judge does not see it that way, ergo his ruling. Has he shown just how these exams are racially motivated. No, because if he chose any particular question to prove his point he would be laughed off the bench. On his second ruling, he feels that 1500 mentally unstable individuals should be released from the nursing homes where they now reside and moved into their own homes. The last time this was tried we had a disastrous situation with illegal SRO’s flooding our neighborhood. Does the fact that the judge’s wife sitting on the board of Fountain House have anything to do with his ruling. After all they are a self-help group for the mentally ill. Conflict of interest anyone, ya think! This is the rocket scientist who worked in Claire Shulman’s office years ago. He was actually intelligent back then.

This somehow leads me to a troubling situation at Peninsula Hospital. The union employees, who happen to be our friends and neighbors are losing their health care insurance. This is a devastating situation for these poor individuals. Is this a sign that the hospital might be closing. Let’s hope not, even if they are now charging all visitors and employees to park in their lot. President Levine was to be the guest speaker at the Belle Harbor Association meeting, but something came up. Allan Corby, A VP at Peninsula spoke in his place. When I approached him as he raced out of the meeting and questioned him on Peninsula he said and I quote “Contact your elected officials and any problems with our unions have been ironed out.” Hopefully I am wrong. I have never had a problem with Peninsula, many friends and neighbors work there. It is nice to know that they are there. So if there is a problem, let the neighborhood know now and maybe we can do something about it.

What do you say Mr. Levine?


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