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Ferreras’ funding farce

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Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2014 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

In a City Council in which the majority of members in good standing qualify as mediocre, Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) stands at the head of the class.

It will be remembered she was a prime mover in the farce that not only resulted in approving a 1.4 million-square-foot shopping mall at Citi Field without park alienation approval and without a Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, but to add insult to injury, approval of a raid by multibillionaires the Mets, Related Companies and Sterling Equities on the city treasury, to the tune of hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars, to wit: the giveaway of Willets Point property that cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars, for $1 — that is right, $1 — a subsidy of $99 million and a tax break of close to $50 million.

In what is world-class gall, Ms. Ferreras recently patted herself on the back, claiming she was the cause of the creation of a $15.5 million fund toward relocation assistance to the Willets Point small businesses being evicted. In the face of the hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars she delivered to her billionaire constituents, the $15.5 million she is so proud of is akin to the tip one gives the youngster who delivers your groceries (“Business owners still hoping to be heard,” March 6, multiple editions). Ms. Ferreras, in my opinion, needs a refresher course in mathematics and her abandonment of the little people and small business.

Until the public wakes up and drives out of office people who parade as responsible legislators when in fact they act as lobbyists for real estate moguls, it will be the same old, same old.

Benjamin M. Haber
Flushing

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