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Posted: Thursday, August 30, 2012 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

If U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is serious about helping small businesses (“Small business bill pushed,” Aug. 23, multiple editions) she could hit a home run, and help herself in her re-election bid, by:

• opposing the destruction of hundreds of small businesses in Willets Point for the benefit of fat cat real estate moguls;

• opposing the use of eminent domain to take private property for the benefit of private for profit real estate developments; and

• not only supporting but pushing the U.S. Senate to enact HR1433, The Private Property Rights Protection Act of 2012, passed twice by the U.S. House of Representatives, which would make a serious preventive inroad in government’s attempts to use eminent domain for private commercial development.

Failure to pursue the above would suggest the good senator does not really consider the poor, middle class and small businesses her true constituents. I hope I am wrong, since the senator does have time to make clear where she stands on this important issue.

Benjamin M. Haber

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