The future mayoral candidate, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, said late last year that she wanted to know what priorities people from each borough had with respect to money allocated in the next city budget. Well not really, it was just a P.R. stunt to help her campaign for free. The first meeting in Queens was held in the middle of a weekday morning so that mostly senior citizens would show up and be quoted as saying how great she is in a political ad...oh, I mean a New York Times video feature about a day in her life. A second Queens meeting is scheduled for January 30th at 7:00pm at August Martin High School on Baisley Boulevard, which was probably chosen because it is not easily accessible to residents who do not own personal vehicles. There is no subway stop for more than a mile and the buses from Archer Avenue drop you off several blocks away. Why have this meeting in such an out of the way location if you are really concerned about what the common person thinks? Of course! This keeps the riff raff away. (A thank you goes out to a nasty Quinn defender for revealing this info...Looks like City Hall is logging into Queens Crap.)
However, you can take a couple of minutes to type out an e-mail and send it to Ms. Quinn and see if you get a response:
The Landmarks, Parks, City Planning and Buildings Commissions definitely need more staff and more money. And the sad fact that NYC did not add one new police officer last year because the starting salary for one is a meager $25,000.00 (we're talking 1986 salary levels), indicates that the NYPD needs a larger budget ASAP.