Indeed the Queens Chronicle has been a leader in the print media to get the truth out about Flushing Meadows Corona Park and the subterfuge involved in coercing the property owners to accept the Bloomberg Willets Point redevelopment plan.
However, I applaud Mr. Benjamin Haber for his passion and his detailed account that shines the light of truth upon a mischievous deed being perpetrated upon the hardworking small business owners and the innocent immigrant population that surround FMCP and Willets Point. I refer to his article in the July 4 Queens Chronicle, “The Case Against a 1.4 Million Square Foot Shopping Mall in the Citi-Field Parking Lot” (multiple editions). And it was Mr. Haber who raised the question of hypocrisy among some borough president candidates in his letter published in the March 28 Chronicle. I will add some facts to underscore the depths of the hypocrisy that the people of Queens should be aware of.
Wikipedia notes: On April 21, 2008, a majority of City Council members expressed their “adamant opposition” to the proposed Willets Point redevelopment in writing to Robert Lieber, the deputy mayor for economic development. The letter was signed by 29 City Council members. Two of our BP candidates, Peter Vallone Jr. and Melinda Katz, did not sign it.
Well! on Oct. 23, 2008 the City Council voted on an amendment to allow a referendum as to whether or not Mayor Bloomberg and Council members would be allowed a third term in office. Katz and Vallone voted not to allow a public referendum. The aforementioned Council members who voted no referendum actually were enablers who facilitated Bloomberg’s third term and the demise of Willets Point and FMCP. Now they have the gall to seek election for Queens borough president.
Yes, indeed, hypocrisy has risen to the forefront of election issues. The question is whether the voters will settle for the party bosses’ pick or vote the “People’s Choice” and elect a candidate who has always stood with the people — Tony Avella.