Western Queens residents will soon get a chance to air their flooding-related grievances before city officials. However, they won’t be able to voice them in-person.
For reasons pertaining to space and efficiency, an Oct. 11th session between leaders of major civics throughout Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village and Ridgewood – areas hit hard by heavy rains this past summer – and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will take place behind closed doors.
According to a representative of DEP, Community Board 5 will be hosting the meeting at an undisclosed location.
City To Civics: Let's Talk About Flooding
With regards to the closed-door policy, those involved in next Thursday’s session wanted to maximize discussion time with DEP, not rehash residents’ gripes.
Wow this is very interesting. First of all, the meeting is hosted by the community board yet is closed to the public. So much for open government.
Further, it is being held exclusively with members of select civic groups, and probably more than 95% of the constituents of CB5 are not members of any civic group, therefore, their concerns and ideas will not be heard.
DEP never came to this area to face the music. How can complaints be "rehashed" if they were never heard in the first place? DEP knows these communities were hit the hardest, mainly because they failed to do routine maintenance, and they are too chicken to be confronted with the havoc their negligence has caused. In addition, Councilman Dennis "Pinky" Gallagher booted the chair of CB5's environmental committee off of the board last year, no one ever took his place and the committee went kaput.
Interesting how this article starts out by saying that the meeting is closed due to space limitations (surely there is no shortage of available large meeting spaces within CB5 and the CB's own public meeting is the night before) and then ends by saying that CB5 and DEP don't want to hear people's flooding complaints. Hey guys, a "gripe" is someone complaining that supermarkets these days only use plastic bags. A foot of sewage in someone's basement is considered a crisis. Sounds like you are attending classes at the Bloomberg College of Public Empathy.