Watch Yourselves (printed July 26, Queens Tribune)
To The Editor:
Although I am not a registered Republican, nor do I live in Councilman Gallagher’s district, I have on one occasion requested the Councilman’s help in addressing a problem in the area. His staff responded and quickly addressed the problem. On another occasion, he spoke at Citizens of Maspeth & Elmhurst Together, he listened to the audience, offered some solutions to problems brought up, and later did indeed resolve some pretty complex issues.
He seemed to be available to the community and in general did a good job.
I find it interesting that prior to Gallagher’s position and attempt to bring about a compromise re: St. Saviour’s, he was the fair haired boy of Juniper Park Civic Association. Note - this attempt at a compromise did not sit well with JPCA.
Suddenly, he became the subject of a Department of Investigation probe. Soon after, he was accused of a very immoral, illegal deed. His reputation is irrevocably damaged, his career is in shambles and his family is stressed and disgraced. He has been judged by some very vocal and media-savvy members of the community as guilty.
This is America. A person is innocent until proven guilty. Is it possible that this could be a vendetta perpetrated by angry people who didn’t like Gallagher’s response to the St. Saviour’s issue? Just a thought – be careful with whom you disagree, it can happen to you.
Carol A. Terrano,
Setting It Straight (printed August 2, Queens Tribune)
To The Editor:
In her letter to you last week (“Watch Yourselves,” July 26), Carol Terrano, like many of Councilman Dennis Gallagher’s supporters, got her facts wrong.
The catalyst for the war between Gallagher and JPCA was Gallagher’s March 2006 removal of Tony Nunziato, a tireless neighborhood advocate, from Community Board 5 in a truly pathetic instance of political paranoia.
Regarding St. Saviour’s, Councilman Gallagher had been meeting with developers and lobbyists behind closed doors and then announced a “compromise” plan to build housing around the church. He did so with no input from the group that fought tirelessly to keep the church standing for over a year-and-a-half, and even worse, with no input from those who live adjacent to the property.
As a community board member herself, is Ms. Terrano suggesting that these two abuses of power constitute acceptable behavior for a public servant? Does she also believe that once you honor a person it means you should give them a free pass to do whatever he or she pleases for the rest of his or her life?
According to the NYS Board of Elections, Councilman Gallagher, a Republican, through his own free will, accepted money from indicted Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin, a Democrat, who is alleged to have stolen money from children. That in itself is grounds for a Department of Investigation probe.
Ms. Terrano says she believes in the concept of “innocent until proven guilty,” yet in her very next statement attempted to defame our entire volunteer civic association by insinuating that we conspired to frame Councilman Gallagher.
Just a thought – could it be that Councilman Gallagher is asking his female supporters to write letters to the editor in order to try to draw attention away from the fact that he, and he alone, is responsible for his actions and their resulting consequences? I believe the concept of “personal responsibility” is a cornerstone of the Republican platform. JPCA predicts that the Gallagher modus operandi of sending out ridiculous letters attacking our organization will be perpetuated throughout coming months.
Juniper Park Civic Association