We had no idea that Councilman Eric Gioia was such a big preservation junkie. When we heard he was mailing out letters to his constituents in order to hear back from them so he could make a decision about whether or not to support the landmarking of Sunnyside Gardens, we thought he was acting kind of namby-pamby on the issue. But web archives show him attending a Manhattan fundraiser for the High Line, a full 2 years before the city was even considering saving it:
New York Social Diary
Interesting how he wants to save a relic of Manhattan's industrial past, yet approves of bulldozing the industrial past of Queens to make way for shiny new apartment towers... When you know you won't run against anyone for your second term, and already have your eyes cast toward 2009, it's best to start rubbing elbows with the "right" people (aka Manhattanites with big names and big cash):
I hope everyone had a good holiday. Please save this date -- Thursday, April 26 -- to join me at Spy Club to celebrate another year of accomplishments.
I am happy to report that things are going great. Long Island City continues to thrive as a dynamic, growing community where we will soon be building more middle and affordable housing. There's still work to be done -- including bringing in a new library and schools -- but our vision for a vibrant, green, and accessible Queens waterfront is coming true.
As tax day nears (April 17-- don't forget), we have already returned over 1 million dollars to residents of Western Queens through the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and other tax credits. Working closely with partners like the East River Development Alliance, we've done massive public outreach and brought in volunteer accountants to help do people's taxes. This allows us to help hard-working low income New Yorkers help themselves - and pour federal money back into the local economy while we're at it.
These are just a couple of the exciting initiatives that I am working on. I'd like you to be a part of it. As you know, I'm committed to ensuring that politics is something for everyone to be involved in, and I want to make it easy for anyone to come and join our movement to make New York an even better place to live, work and raise a family.
That's why I'm encouraging you to come to Spy Club on April 26th, bring a friend, and ask that friend to bring a friend. It's sure to be a fun time and a great opportunity to meet other New Yorkers who are passionate about making a difference in our City. Give what you can, even if it's just ten dollars.
See the invite below for more information. You can RSVP on my website, www.EricGioia.com, which you can also visit for news updates on what I've been working on recently. I look forward to seeing you on the 26th!
Suggestion for next Gioia campaign slogan:
"From a Queens neighborhood, prefer Manhattan neighborhoods"