Taking All The Credit
When I read the article about the Beachside Bungalow Preservation Association (BBPA) I was surprised to see S.C. Samoy in the forefront looking as if she did all the work when I know that is not true.
From the beginning I have been a member of the BBPA. The first meeting in August 1984 was with Betsie Parker White, her ex-husband Roger White and Carole Ann Lewis, who were new residents at that time. Carole Lewis named the association what it is today.
Betsie worked with an attorney to get non-profit status in 1988 and secured funds for lights in the easements. Carole, Roger and Silvia Sanza, his girlfriend at that time, helped neighbors with break-ins boarding up bungalows, cleanups, phone calls to the community board and letter writing to various agencies for help.
Richard George became a board member in 1985 then President, Director of the BBPA Office after securing New York Foundation funds. Richard, together with his mother Carmela and father Alfred, worked tirelessly to preserve the bungalows.
Renovations, street fairs, cleanups, art classes and community activities were ongoing. He had Christmas parties and played Santa and gave out gifts that I purchased. Pat Carter was also instrumental in getting donations of Christmas gifts.
Richard George received funding from important foundations such as Astor Foundation, J.M. Kaplan Fund, New York Foundation and New York State Department of State Tree Planning Program. More recently he was able to get the bungalows rezoned to the actual height and scale, a much needed ramp on Beach 24 Street, and through his lawsuits helped get funds for parkland improvement along the boardwalk.
Richard met with the State National Register representative and got the approval for the bungalows as criteria for the Register. Carmela worked tirelessly all last year and got the funds to hire Nancy Solomon. The many accomplishments were through hard work.
Richard was the sole person doing all the legal research at the law library, City Register with the help of his parents. Together with his parents they were the only ones who have kept this community and association alive and should be commended for their years of unselfish dedication.
I was appalled to see Stephanie C. Samoy taking the credit, who is new to this area and has not accomplished much other than getting herself in the paper.
Please print this letter to give credit where it is due.