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Dems no help at Willets Pt.

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Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2012 12:00 pm

Dear Editor:

As a lifelong registered Democrat, I am appalled at the low level of discourse exhibited by Grace Meng, Rory Lancman and Liz Crowley who seek the Democratic nomination for the 6th Congressional District in a primary scheduled for June 26 (“Candidates talk shop at civic meet,” May 10, Northern Queens edition).

It is all well and good to mouth intentions to support the little and ordinary people, but empty words are no substitute for action. All of them stood by and did not lift a finger to support the more than 200 small businesses and their thousands of employees and their dependents in Willets Point being thrown to the winds by the Bloomberg Administration’s ill conceived Willets Point proposal, to benefit multimillionaire real estate moguls. Nor do they oppose government using eminent domain to take little people’s private property and turn it over to a private real estate developer.

It should be noted that Dan Halloran, who will be the Republican nominee for the seat, had no difficulty in making it clear he believes eminent domain must not be used for private real estate developments.

Furthermore, all potential nominees should make it clear they do not welcome support from voters whose support rests primarily on the religion or ethnicity of the person seeking office.

Benjamin M. Haber

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