An e-mail from inside Boro Hall regarding St. Saviour's:
"Helen said that the Parks Dept has changed its mind and does not want to own the St. Saviour's site as park land. She said the builder put a lot of investment into the property (I guess we are supposed to shed tears over this) and that he will maintain the 'shell' of the church and turn over a portion of the site for parkland (maybe as private parkland?). The implication was that all of the problems are solved."
So here we have proof that the Parks Department wanted to convert St. Saviour's into a park, but someone stepped in on behalf of the developer to change their minds. Who could that be? I'll give you one guess. (see copy of schedule above) Looks like the wife of a certain aspiring politician was by his side (before she quit, that is).
Check this out from the Forum West:
...Gallagher has taken steps to achieve his solution [for St. Saviour's] including asking Community Board 5 members where they stand on the issue before reappointing them, arranging for the city Parks Department to privately tour the site with the developer, allowing the trees to be removed to make the land less attractive to the Parks Department, lobbying Borough President Helen Marshall to support his plan and meeting with John Young, the Director of Queens City Planning to begin the process of changing the zoning.
And while [Gallagher] is “friendly” with members of Parkside Group, “that doesn’t mean they are going to get their way on every issue,” he said.
“When I disagree with them, I will fight them.”
Just haven't found an issue to disagree with them on yet, right Pinky?
The indicted councilman acts as though he has been actively trying to save the entire parcel up until Parks said no, but earlier reports prove that he has been working on his scheme to further overdevelop Maspeth for some time now. Of course, the $1 million he supposedly obtained to "save" the site, which no one can seem to find in the budget, will now disappear into thin air. Pinky held lots of meetings behind closed doors to discuss compromising the future of Queens.
Here's a rendering of what Helen's and Dennis' Maspeth legacy will be:
Lovely view, isn't it?
Thank you to our inside sources for the info. Apparently there are good, honest people in government, but unfortunately, most of them are not the ones that are in power.
Note all the "FYI"s on the schedule above. That means no personal appearance from Pinky. That's good news for Dennis. He has more time to work for Parkside this way.