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QueensWay debate goes on

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Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2014 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

Re “QueensWay trail likely to raise nearby home values,” Opinion, June 19, multiple editions:

Ms. Candace Damon, thank you for your opinion. After all, I’m sure the Trust for Public Lands paid you a substantial sum for it. Need I remind everyone that while programs for the developmentally challenged and senior citizens and veterans and libraries go begging, the Trust for Public Lands has received over $450,000 of taxpayer money for this park idea?

Unlike Ms. Damon, I have been in contact with Professor Noelwah Netusil and she assures me (and I have it in writing) that, despite Ms. Damon’s well-financed opinions, I am employing the Reed College study data correctly. None of the studies Ms. Damon refers to focus on those properties adjacent to the bike path. The people of Forest Hills and Kew Gardens will experience higher property values, but not the good folks who live along 98th Street in the shadow of this foolishness.

I had asked the Trust for Public Lands official who hired Ms. Damon for a copy of these studies. It took me 45 minutes and cost me a dollar (I bought a regular coffee) to locate the Reed College study. After 18 months, the best the Trust for Public Lands could do, with all their staff and all their money, is hire someone to write an opinion piece. I was born at night, but I wasn’t born last night.

Here’s the next question Ms. Damon can pontificate upon: How are you going to pay for this boondoggle? It certainly won’t be taken out of your paycheck.

To paraphrase Pat Moynihan, everybody is entitled to their own opinions, but Ms. Damon, you are not entitled to your own facts.

Neil C. Giannelli

Welcome to the discussion.