Letters to the editor
Calls Seward neighbors selfish
To The Editor:
Re Seward Park inertia is getting us nowhere (editorial, Jan. 5):
I am deeply grateful to The Villager for shining light on this subject. This is not a happy moment nor do I have happy things to say about my fellow Americans. Not content with privatizing Co-op Village; not content with destroying the goals and ideals of labor leaders like Sydney Hillman; not content with preventing 4,800 apartments in Co-op Village from being available to moderate- or low-income people now the same individuals seek to prevent Seward Park Urban Renewal Area sites from being developed to provide affordable housing for the poorest and most vulnerable members of society. This selfish, callous, ruthless indifference is totally obscene and totally unacceptable! Its cruel!
Chairpersons view of conflict issue
To The Editor:
Re Conflict management (Scoopys Notebook, Jan. 5):
Regarding the Conflict of Interest Boards opinions as they affect community board committee chairpersons, the only statement dealing with a specific financial interest concerns members with an interest in a licensed liquor facility in the district: they may not chair committees that consider liquor license applications. That opinion is, as Ive said before, shortsighted. Thats why I contested it. Having been denied, I have honored it.
For all other members, C.O.I.B.s guidance is less arbitrary. Any other member may chair any committee unless the member is likely to have business before his or her committee involving his or her private interests or employment. C.O.I.B.s specific concern is matters involving firms in which the chairperson has an interest.
As long as a members private interests are unlikely to be a subject for his committees consideration he may be the committees chair. If, nevertheless, a matter should come up involving his private interests he may not chair any meeting that considers matters affecting his interest.
Finally, although I admire and encourage The Villagers inquiring spirit and its reportage, its expression of interest in the conflict topic came after the decision had been taken that Bob Rinaolo step aside as Business Committee chairperson.
Smith is chairperson, Community Board 2
Editors note: The Villager first spoke to Bob Rinaolo on Dec. 17 at the Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerces Holiday Party at 49 Grove about C.O.I.B.s advisory opinion on the appropriateness of his being chairperson of C.B. 2s Business Committee. In a brief conversation at that time, Rinaolo did not then indicate he was stepping down as chairperson, but rather that he was taking a three-month leave of absence in Florida, after which he planned to run for board chairperson. When The Villager subsequently spoke to Rinaolo the following Monday it was then for the first time that he said he was officially stepping down as chairperson.
Shocked at conflict revelation
To The Editor:
Re Conflict Management (Scoopys Notebook, Jan. 5):
I am shocked, shocked that there could be conflicts of interest in our community boards.
I have spoken with C. Virginia Fields office in the past about appointing members of the notoriously anti-resident New York Nightlife Association and bar owners to positions on community boards in communities where relations are most contentious. I was left with the impression that it was totally appropriate. Shocking.
L.E.S. revitalization is killing us
To The Editor:
Thanks for the article Border war pits garden vs. developer, by Hemmy So (news article, Dec. 29). I appreciate having the situation out in print.
I would take issue with one assumption in the article. That is the notion about the continuing effort to revitalize the Lower East Side. At this point, in the area around the Bowery, we arent talking about revitalization. We are talking about overbuilding luxury housing for wealthy folks. Although the AvalonBay development promises the community a small percentage of housing for moderate/low income (not yet realized) and a community center space, what we are getting is the steady destruction of a long-established, diverse, working/poor/middle-class nieghborhood. Whether by actual eviction, landlord pressure to move low-income tenants out, lack of affordable housing, bribery, loss of affordable grocery stores and small businesses, etc., all the neighborhoods here are threatened by rampant overdevelopment, including Chinatown.
Lets not pretend this developers main interest is in the welfare of this community. They recieved breaks from the city in exchange for a few bones tossed to the community; they are looking to make a hefty profit from the market-rate units of the AvalonBay project.
One last note: One of the many ironies of this community is that a man, Bob Humber, the man who spearheaded the campaign to clear drug dealers from Sara Roosevelt Park and make it safe for children and families, had to move to Queens last year. Couldnt find an apartment he could afford. He now commutes to take care of MFinda Kalunga Garden.
We whove lived in this neighborhood for 30 years plus werent feeling in need of this version of urban revitalization. We thought we had already built a pretty good community.
Shows need for PATH entrance
To The Editor:
Re History buff discovers a lost PATH exit (news article, Jan. 5):
The Internet research by LindaAnn Loschiavo actually buttresses the argument for the Port Authority reconstructing a second entrance to the Ninth St. PATH station. It shows the second exit originally existed, and no foundations were destroyed in the construction of the station. Construction of a new entrance may involve little more than reopening the old one, since there appears to be no new construction above it. The old second entrance behind the newsstand at Sixth Ave. below Greenwich Ave. is less than a block from the Waverly Pl. entrance to the W. Fourth St. station, so they possibly could connect. All subway stations have at least four exits. A PATH station should have at least two. More about the building of the PATH and its builders concern for the safety and convenience of its passengers and workers can be found under The Public Be Pleased: William Gibbs McAdoo and the Hudson Tubes at nycsubway.org/nyc/path/hmhistory/index.html.