Thursday, January 18, 2007

Pinky Protests Park Proposal

Councilman Dennis "Pinky" Gallagher has rejected the call for unity by Lee Principe, son of the late former Community Board 5 Chairman, Frank Principe. Last week via a letter, Lee asked the Community Board, the Juniper Park Civic Association and the councilman to work together to save the entire St. Saviour's parcel for the Maspeth community. The Queens Ledger reports that not only has Gallagher not responded positively, but he has also now involved the current chairman of the Community Board in negotiations with the developer:

Councilman Rejects St. Saviour's Proposal

Here's the funniest part of the article:

"I would strongly support someone else buying it for a different use, and I would support the city purchasing the property. Having said that, I don't think the developer would wait the 18 months or more it would take the city to approve such a transaction." - Dennis P. Gallagher

If QC recalls correctly, around this time last year Pinky was telling his West Maspeth constituents that there was nothing he could do to save St. Saviour's. If he had been working on this from the get go, instead of sitting on his hands, Maspeth would now only be 6 months away from having a new park.

By the way, QC would love to know who gave the CB5 chairman the authority to make secret deals with developers. Maybe an ethics investigation needs to be opened as to the actions of this "community leader."

36 comments:

S.G. said...

Well, Dennis, I think you summed up your position pretty well: "I don't think the developer would wait the 18 months or more it would take the city to approve such a transaction." - Dennis P. Gallagher

YOU WEREN'T ELECTED TO REPRESENT THE DEVELOPER'S INTERESTS, DENNIS! YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO REPRESENT YOUR CONSTITUENTS. HOW MANY TIMES DID YOU EVEN TRY TO LOBBY THE MAYOR OR THE STATE OR ANYONE ELSE TO BUY THE PROPERTY FOR PARK USE. LET ME GUESS.. MAYBE NONE? INSTEAD YOU LOBBY FOR A ZONING CHANGE TO AID A FOREIGN DEVELOPER. YOU HAVE SOLD OUT YOUR CONSTITUENTS. YOU ARE A MISERABLE FAILURE AND A PUBLIC DISGRACE TO THE ENTIRE BOROUGH. PLEASE HAVE THE DECENCY TO RESIGN RATHER THAN SUBJECT THE PEOPLE OF YOUR DISTRICT TO FURTHER OVERCROWDING, THE DESTRUCTION OF THEIR HISTORY, AND EXPOSURE TO AN EYESORE FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. Oh, wait, but then you couldn't help your lobbyist friends, and your developer friends, the people you truly represent, now could you? Bastard!

Anonymous said...

Ah, yes, but as long as he gets a pass from the press and his fellow politicians,

"what are ya gonna do about it?"

A few dollops of ice cream money spent judiciously and you have a divided community.

Anonymous said...

What a cowardice act! The letter that was read at the community board meeting evidently proves insufficient. Thumbs down to someone who is trying to negotiate a deal with the developers, after they consistently violated the law. Gallagrrrr is a heartless soul who has his rear end in the faces of his constituency. Oh wait..what constituency??

Anonymous said...

Earth to Gallagher: Does this mean anything?

www.petitiononline.com/Juniper1/petition.html

verdi said...

Now, now, now! Let's not show disrespect to some of history's greater bastards! In Gallagher's case, I would recomend "retro-active abortion"! Good luck Dennis, on your furure job as a lobbyist for the developers! It's good to see that you're already off to a good start "moonlighting" while you're still on the job! Someone just suggested to me, that they should pass a law requiring a politico to forfeit his government pension if he goes to work as a lobbyist when he retires from office! That would put an end to these "turncoats"!

Anonymous said...

What a greedy, egomaniacal, lousy son of a bitch!

Anonymous said...

It really comes as no surprise, given that the developer's lobbyist is Parkside Group and Gallagher's best friend founded Parkside Group, that the councilman would rather work on behalf of the developer than the people he was elected to represent.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like this Arcuri is a real ass-kisser! Probably also in the real estate business. Most Community Board chairs are connected to the industry somehow.

Anonymous said...

This is why NYC needs recall elections.

Anonymous said...

Corruption is a pervasive cancer. Once it gets hold of one person, it spreads through a community like wildfire.

Anonymous said...

If I am not mistaken, doesn't this wonderful development company need a zoning change? If they don't get it, they walk, so instead of compromising, Gallagher should be working toward making sure the zoning change doesn't happen.

Jim said...

Yes but he reaps no financial reward if he tries to nix the zoning change!

r2 said...

Wasn't this the same guy who was also mentioned in the papers as having taken money from the indicted Brian McLaughlin, even though Gallagher's a Republican and McLaughlin is a Democrat? Did he ever give it back to the kids that it was stolen from?

Anonymous said...

What an abomination. I hope this guy gets silver bracelets for his birthday and bunks with Peter Rivera.

Anonymous said...

You know a politician is about to go down when he becomes so arrogant that he doesn't even try to hide his dishonesty anymore.

Anonymous said...

You know, the NYC political machine had better reign this boy in, because from what I see here and elsewhere in his district, we have the start of a full blown rebellion. Now its spreading to other communities and other boroughs.

Letting go St Saviours go would be a small price for them to pay. Stonewalling on their part over a single tiny issue like this will explode in their faces.

They had better nip it in the bud or once the genie is out of the bottle, who knows whose head will end up on a pole.

Anonymous said...

Evan Stavisky (one of the principals in the "Parkside Group") was a former chief of staff for Brian Mc Laughlin. I hope that the FBI continues their investigation . Following the money stream always yields results! Wouldn't it be funny to see the Staviskys (mom & son) led away by the Feds in a daisy-chain , handcuffed to each other (and of course, to Mc Laughlin, maybe Hevesi and Gallagher too) ? Perhaps Allan is spilling his guts right now in exchange for that "cozy deal" he was offered to avoid serving jail-time! I hope some day to see such a photograph on the front page of a newspaper somewhere acompanied by a big bold headline! Don't you?

Anonymous said...

Dennis The Menace Gallagher deserves the "Queens Crap Man- of - The -Year Award"! Complete with a "poop-pie" tossed in his face!

verdi said...

I think that someone should deliver a "singing-telegram" to Councilman Gallagher (do they still do that?) that expresses the "tender" feelings the community has for him regarding St. Saviour's!

Anonymous said...

With the daisy chain, you'll also reap Katz (her mouth being attached to Allan's nether-regions) and a bunch of Middle Village idiots with lips permanently affixed to Pinky's bum! Queens needs a gigantic enema.

Anonymous said...

I didn't realize that the chair of the community board had the power to accept or reject proposals without the land use committee or the full board.

Anonymous said...

Funny how the Queens Ledger, published by Walter Sanchez, the chair of the land use committee of community board 5, has the scoop on Gallagher's reaction and the dealmaking.

Anonymous said...

"Pinky" is definitely a good name for him! I've seen him in person and he is really freakin' pink!

Joe said...

Does Gallagher exhibit signs of having the Napoleon complex? ...yes. I bet he has the Irish curse, too!

Anonymous said...

Only problem with QC's Napolean portrait is - it's too flattering - the jackass got his hair back and he doesn't deserve it!

Anonymous said...

Guys! Guys! You better take it easy here. Received wisdom makes anyone in Queens that stands up for their rights an Archie Bunker, remember?

We cannot let the Manhattan crowd think we are a bunch of malcontent barbarians.

Rome was overthrown because it lost its advantage in ideas and technology. Queens Crap is evidence that history can repeat itself.

S.G. said...

Here's a challange to Dennis (and maybe I'll email this to him as well):

Find me just 10 constituents (who are not developers, contractors or realtors or your cronies) that really WANT to see housing built on the site as you propose.

If you can't, then its pretty obvious you don't stand with your people and don't care what they want.

That's the difference between a leader and a loser. A leader fights for what his people want and need, not for those who have lined his pockets.

Anonymous said...

How about a straw vote in the community?

10 people to vote on anything is possible, but a larger sample is more compelling.

Anonymous said...

Well, if the long list of " loving" comments that I've just read truly reflect what Gallaghers' constituents" feel about him and his job performance, then I would say that this constitutes a vote of no-confidence and there has been a unanimous public recall! If he has a shred of honor left in his coward's bones he should resign from office immediately! But let's show some compassion for the man. How would you feel looking at yourself in the mirror each day knowing that the people want you out of office before your term is up?

Klaus said...

Despite overwhelming opposition by the College Point community to grant a variance to a developer, Steven Chon, to build a spa with rooms up-stairs for "traveling businessmen" the BSA granted a variance. Oh! I forgot to mention that Pinky Gallagher provided a letter of support to Steven Chon. Developer Chon donated on record 1000 smackers to Gallagher's campaign. It is incredible that a councilman would go out of his district to support the construction of a "day spa." But that's our Pinky!

Anonymous said...

Spa? My ass! It'll probably what's known as a "rub-joint"! You all know what that really is! Chon is spreading out all over the place. His name is all over construction projects along Northern Blvd. from Union St. to Bayside. By the way, the College Point Industrial Park area is meant to house only industry. not hotels or spas! There's also a Korean Church here, which technically operates illegaly under the current zoning restrictions and regulations. Nobody "seems" to be able to do anything about zone-busting here! Is there too much money in the air? Gallagher certainly caught some!

Anonymous said...

You've got to be vigilant when it comes to real estate deals! This is said to be one of the best ways to launder money (which may eventually wind up in the hands of terrorists)! That's why, all real estate brokers are now required to be fingerprinted, in order to obtain a license! Maybe Dennis winds up like a "dupe" (or a dope!) in the middle of , God knows what!

Anonymous said...

This reminds me of a joke:

John the farmer was in the fertilized egg business. He had several hundred young layers (hens), called pullets and eight or ten roosters, whose job was to fertilize the eggs.

The farmer kept records and any rooster that didn't perform went into the soup pot and was replaced.

That took an awful lot of his time so he bought a set of tiny bells and attached them to his roosters.

Each bell had a different tone so John could tell from a distance, which rooster was performing. Now he could sit on the porch and fill out an efficiency report simply by listening to the bells.

The farmer's favorite rooster was old Butch, a very fine specimen he was, too. But on this particular morning John noticed old Butch's bell hadn't rung at all!

John went to investigate. The other roosters were chasing pullets, bells-a-ringing. The pullets, hearing the roosters coming, would run for cover.

But to Farmer John's amazement, Butch had his bell in his beak, so it couldn't ring. He'd sneak up on a pullet, do his job and walk on to the next one.

John was so proud of Butch, he entered him in the county fair and Butch became an overnight sensation among the judges.

The result...

The judges not only awarded Butch the "No Bell Piece Prize" but they also awarded him the "Pulletsurprise" as well. Clearly Butch was a politician in the making. Who else but a politician could figure out how to win two of the most highly coveted awards on our planet by being the best at sneaking up on the populace and screwing them when they weren't paying attention?

Anonymous said...

That's a long story but well put! I guess that the silent f-----g technique (learned from the Rooster) which Queens politicos have been using on their constituents has been just as effective!

Anonymous said...

Dennis Gallagher is every reason why term limits should be kept in place. He is selling out the
neighborhood he took an oath to represent. Its time to reach out and get him extracted from his
position. He no longer represents the voice of the people. Dollar signs and abuse of power has filled
his veins. Its time to put
Pink in the Clink. Gallagher has become a Gangster.

BJ78Metro said...

the dennis gallagher jail watch is on...the official countdown begins tomorrow at 9am