10/09/2009

Bloomberg Comes to Gowanus and LOCKS OUT COMMUNITY!

F.I.B's eyewitness news team showed up this afternoon for Bloomberg's celebration of the start of work on the Gowanus Flushing tunnel finally starting (of course it took the threat of halting development to proceed) and said that no one who really lived in the community was allowed to watch or participate in it! The usual suspects were there for this private celebration. You know, Toll Brothers,our former lame-o Councilman Bill DiBlasio, Buddy Scotto and his crew, Borough President Marty Markowitz, assorted politicians and the people who love them and of course the press.

Can't wait to see what slanted articles appear in the Post and the Daily News tomorrow!

Through the Gowanus grapevine I received this irate email from an extremely involved member of the community.


"Eight members of the DEP Flushing Tunnel Rehabilitation Stakeholders Committee were barred from entering and taking part in the celebration that is going on as I type this email at the Flushing Tunnel Station on Douglass Street. These 8 people and others spent many, many hours of their time freely to review documents and provide input into the planning for this effort since DEP convened the group in 2002.

TODAY BLOOMBERG SAW FIT TO LOCK THESE COMMUNITY PAR
TICIPANTS OUT OF AN EVENT THAT THEIR DONATED TIME HELPED TO BRING ABOUT.


Just wanted all of you to know how concerned citizens who give their time to better their community and all of New York City get treated by the current mayor of NYC."


Is anyone surprised? I wish I was.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I heard the Mayor was spending $175,000,000 of our tax dollars to repair the Gowanus Pump? What can we do to stop him?!?!

Anonymous said...

"TODAY BLOOMBERG SAW FIT TO LOCK THESE COMMUNITY PARTICIPANTS OUT OF AN EVENT THAT THEIR DONATED TIME HELPED TO BRING ABOUT."

I dunno, to me it looked like these people were only there to protest the citys alternative plan, and not to shed any light on the actually meeting, coming equipped with superfund flyers and all..?

Anonymous said...

So 1:46, you were there - so what's wrong wiuth having Superfund flyers and protesting the City's bogus "alternate plan"? If we are truelly to celebrate the Flushing Tunnel, then we must continue that vision with truelly cleaning up the canal. And the other comment, from 8:31, this Flushing Tunnel repair was supposed to start YEARS AGO. And if you resent NYC taxdollars going to it, yiou wil REALLY RESENT NYC TAX DOLLARS that will be spent in the City "alternate plan" - vs EPA Federal monies in Superfund cleanup.

F.I.B said...

The point is, if you live in the community and care enough to show up for a "celebration" of work on the flushing tunnel, you shouldn't be shut out. This was Bloomberg's photo op and PR stunt to show that he "cares" about the water quality of the Gowanus. Something he never cared about before it effected development.

There is nothing wrong with having a Superfund poster, that person has lived in the neighborhood for a long time and knows that's the best way., the city has NEVER cared and also has no track record of cleaning ANYTHING. Bloomberg needs to be reminded that there are other voices besides the big money people like Toll and the politicians who are getting their pockets lined by them. But unfortunately his history shows it doesn't matter,you can't get blood from a stone.But we can try.