Congratulations on your front-page editorials for the past two weeks. I believe it woke many of us up and made us realize that our elected officials are not working in our best interests. Too many decisions are made without any public input. And no matter how much money is raised it is not going to the property owners or the business owners that were affected by the storm. Not a single penny. Our government, especially here in Rockaway, has a give and take attitude. We give and they take. A revolution is long overdue. If the government keeps pushing the public against the wall something is going to happen and it won’t be pretty.
I believe we should organize at a local level here in Rockaway to do something that will affect our local government. Maybe everyone should stop buying gas for one week. No, that would hurt the local business people who operate the gas stations. Maybe call for a town hall meeting. Invite all the politicians and have the public stay home. Nah, politicians forgot the meaning of embarrassment. Boycott Community Board 14 meetings. No, they would enjoy not having the public involved in their schemes.
One thing in your editorial was hilarious. You said that the Community Board was disappointed that they were not notified about what was taking place here. No kidding. Only a few years ago, our community board voted to let projects go forward without input from the public. I believe that law was called, As of Right. I was at that meeting along with Bernard Blum (R.I.P.) and Stephen Wohl when Board 14 shafted the community. Bernard begged the members to vote against it, to no avail. Stephen’s objection got him escorted out of the meeting by police from the 100th Precinct. The way things stand now, every project can go forward without the public’s input. Board 14 at the behest of higher ups believed that the public was wasting their time, but not when it came to paying their salaries. All members came with their rubber stamps in hand to carry out the dirty deed. And now they are complaining because they got served with a dose of their own poison.
And as for your other front-page story. Malcolm Smith arrested. I think Malcolm is the lucky one to be arrested first. He will start singing like a canary and deliver the big fish in order to save his, you know what. My guess is that he will tell all about New Directions, Charter schools, the transfer of public housing to Rev. Floyd Flake and his partners. How did that happen? Didn’t Flake, Meeks, and Smith come out of the same stable? To me the big one is Arverne by the Sea. Flake and Meeks endorsed the project knowing it was illegal. When Flake endorsed the Emperor for mayor and was campaigning for him, it was shortly after that that the Emperor signed off on the deal knowing it was illegal.
In a way didn’t the Emperor do the same as Malcolm? He too bought the election but he called the money donations. John Hagerty from the Republican Party working with the Independence Party is allegedly serving time for misusing the Emperor’s money. Almost a cool million. Hagerty took the money and used it for his own use. I was at that trial when the Emperor took the stand. The Emperor doled out money to the Independence Party by the millions like it was candy. I cannot for the life of me see how he is going to escape this scandal. Anyway thanks again for informing us on issues important to the community and how we have been kept in the dark.