Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Middle Village Resident Writes to Biased Daily News Reporter

We received this e-mail yesterday. It is comforting that the majority of residents can see through the Juniper Park Civic Association’s bullshit.

Middle Village resident
November 13th, 2007 14:17

A letter to the Daily News:

Mr. Lauinger,

I found your article today to be incredibly biased. I am no fan of Dennis Gallagher, but the St. Saviour’s issue is not as one-sided as you make it seem. The church itself was gutted by a fire over thirty years ago and is now a shell of what it originally had been. It also has not been used in years and did not have enough attendance to sustain itself when it was open as a church. The property is in a mostly industrial area, with some residential houses mixed in. The large majority of its surroundings are factories, warehouses and a railroad. Another park is located half a mile from this site, in the direction of the residential community.

Should the city spend millions to buy this property and make it a park? I don’t know, but there are reasonable arguments on both sides. I do know that the members of the Juniper Park Civic Association, including ones named in your article, have conducted themselves in an unprofessional, immature and offensive manner with respect to this matter. Instead of acting like adults to negotiate and advocate for their position, they viciously attack anyone who disagrees with them. In one rally, they embraced a person who held a large poster showing a noose strung around a tree, stating that is was reserved for Mayor Bloomberg and other city officials with whom they had been dealing. They maligned the Maspeth Federal Savings Bank and its CEO, who is a long-time and respected resident of the community, for not doing what they wanted with the mortgage that the bank held on the property. I wonder if these people truly have the best interests of the community in mind, or if they are more concerned with their own power and press exposure.

Many in the community are disgusted with the leadership of the Juniper Park Civic Association and disagree with their opinions and attacks. I hope your future articles on this matter are more balanced.


A concerned resident.

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