Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Tony talks tough on term limits

AVELLA CALLS ON BLOOMBERG TO DENOUNCE TERM LIMITS LINK TO WILLETS POINT

Council Member Tony Avella, Chair of Zoning for the City Council, today called on Mayor Michael Bloomberg to clearly and completely denounce any link between his possible interest in extending term limits and the upcoming City Council vote on his controversial Willets Point rezoning plan.

"The Mayor must make clear that his Willets Point proposal should rise or fall on the merits, and make sure that anyone in his administration who tries to link these issues should be fired on the spot," Avella said. "Reporters don't just make up these stories; they are leaked by those who think it's to their advantage. This attack on the integrity and independence of the land use process of the City is unacceptable and just plain irresponsible."

Avella said the media reports suggesting the administration would attempt to win City Council votes for its flailing Willets Point plan in exchange for extending term limits demonstrates just how much the administration is struggling to win this debate.

"There is a reason why more than 32 members of the City Council have stood firmly opposed to the Willets Point plan – and that's because it relies too heavily on eminent domain, doesn't include enough affordable housing, and will cost taxpayers in the neighborhood of $1 billion at a time when services are being cut," Avella said. "In my time serving on the City Council, I have found that Council Members want to know the specific details of land use projects before them, especially something as significant as the misuse of eminent domain -taking private property away from small business owners and giving it to some mega developer."

Avella added, "In an age when people are increasing cynical about their government, it's critical that the Mayor clearly states that he will not play these games. He must make clear that his administration respects the integrity and independence of the land use process."

32 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lets see if bloomie gives a response at all?Im amazed people arent more upset about his wanting to change laws but then again...Manhattan is full of lemmings and sheep.Boy what a great mayor with all his public relations plans for himself, and whatever makes HIM look good.

Anonymous said...

Blah, blah, blah, blah, - Did Avella say something - blah, blah.

The Willets Point plan is not controversial, most everyone in Queens and the city supports it. Only a very few loudmouths are against it.

Anonymous said...

School teachers of the Albert Shanker era, with their smug sense of immunity from being fired,
ruined the NYC school system!

So why should we support any mediocre to crooked city council members by automatically extending their terms in office?

KEEP TERM LIMITS thus protecting us from these political predators!

If those lazy lifers want job security, let them seek it elsewhere!

Anonymous said...

Now...if they were to employ eminent domain proceedings to steal private land and build a sports complex etc. over Grand Central Terminal, (a la of the defeated West Side Stadium variety)
Manhattanites would be up in arms!

How about moving the junkyards, proposed plans and resulting traffic congestion over to 42nd Street and move G.C.T. to Willets Point!

Now...
how do you like them apples?

A different perspective ....eh? !!!

Anonymous said...

The Willets Point plan is not controversial, most everyone in Queens and the city supports it. Only a very few loudmouths are against it.
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Anonymous said...

Blah, blah, blah, blah, - Did Avella say something - blah, blah.


Um, you must have the name wrong. Its the party hacks that read from a tired script decades old.

This is the first guy with a little juice upstairs.

Anonymous said...

Some more pro Willets Point job ass kissing....tsk, tsk, tsk.

Evan (or one of his Parkside stooges) is up early this morning!

Late night out Claire....h-m-m-m?

She's not smiling so she didn't get porked like she'd hoped.

(Uh...we mean political pork so wipe that smirk off your dirty minds).

Anonymous said...

Don't ya just luv it when Parkside's political hacks claim to be speaking for the majority of the voting public?

YOU'RE SPEAKING FOR YOUR OWN SELF INTERESTS....AND BEING WELL PAID BY
WILPON FOR THAT IN THE MEANTIME!

Nobody likes junkyard eyesores.

But every American despises the use of eminent domain to facilitate stealing their land for the benefit of private developers!

Evan might prefer a ribbed dildo,
but we don't like getting butt f----d by any government goons!

teacher said...

"School teachers of the Albert Shanker era, with their smug sense of immunity from being fired,
ruined the NYC school system!"

Yes, it's so much better nowadays when teachers are constantly afraid of being fired and the high turnover that has now gripped every school because new teachers means lower costs for the principal. Many veteran teachers - good teachers, are being forced out. Believe me, there is a really low morale in the city schools today. It is not good for the kids in the long run.

Anonymous said...

Stealing is defined as taking something without compensation which is exactly what Eminent Domain is not.

Anonymous said...

Stealing is defined as taking something without the consent of the owner for a private purpose which is exactly what Eminent Domain abuse is.

Anonymous said...

Lets be honest.

Hiram and the rest of his politico are just waiting for the right deal to fully back the Willets Point deal.

There is no real opposition to the plan other than the NIMBY Archie Bunkers on this site.

Once WPIRA stops financing the consultants and lawyers all the opposition will wither away.

Anonymous said...

There is no real opposition to the plan other than the NIMBY Archie Bunkers on this site.
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1.the machine muzzles the media and the public cannot get the information.

2. the folks behind the companies at Willets Pt also have ties to the machine - one of the reasons that Willet Pt guys are not playing hardball (besides, I suspect they want to develop so a slash and burn - the only way they will win - will hurt their chances at developing the area their way)

3. this has become a contast between your nigas (the Asians) and our nigas (the Hispanics) on who inherits Willets Pt.
W

Anonymous said...

There is no real opposition to the plan other than the NIMBY Archie Bunkers on this site.
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1.the machine muzzles the media and the public cannot get the information.

2. the folks behind the companies at Willets Pt also have ties to the machine - one of the reasons that Willet Pt guys are not playing hardball (besides, I suspect they want to develop so a slash and burn - the only way they will win - will hurt their chances at developing the area their way)

3. this has become a contast between your nigas (the Asians) and our nigas (the Hispanics) on who inherits Willets Pt.
W

Anonymous said...

Archie Bunkers are the hacks in the machines going around to Archie Bunkers in senior centers.

The average age on this site is well below Archie.

This is a new generation with some new ideas. The Archies have been around since, oh, Archie was on TV.

Anonymous said...

I suspect they want to develop

Suspect??

Tully Fodera and Feinstein have all openly asked for a piece of the pie.

Tully has complained openly on his own website that he could sell his land to Fed Ex if the city put in sewer services.

These WP power brokers and slum lords have been playing the game since Moses.

Anonymous said...

No one is begrudging them a piece of the pie. They deserve that.

But not partial ownership in the pie factory

Anonymous said...

An inconvenient fact is that they currently own the site of the pie factory.

Anonymous said...

Continuing the analogy the site of the future pie factory is currently a sh!t hole.

Anonymous said...

Which doesn't change the fact that they still own it.

Anonymous said...

It also doesn't change the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment.

Anonymous said...

No, the Supreme Court did that.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you recognize the Supreme Court has ruled very clearly that the general benefits a community enjoys from economic growth qualified such redevelopment plans as a permissible "public use"

Anonymous said...

Yes, in a 5-4 vote which will be overturned as soon as one of them croaks.

Slavery was once upheld by the Supreme Court, too.

Anonymous said...

"This is a new generation with some new ideas. The Archies have been around since, oh, Archie was on TV"

I'm glad Evan or Chris or whatever minions are blogging today think that legalized theft is a great 'new idea' Let me make some points:

1. Most Americans and anyone who's studied the constitution is appaled by the Kelo decision. Anyone who celebrates this ruling should really go to China, along with the justices who voted for it. This is sure to be overturned.

2. Many states have taken action to outlaw the use of eminenet domain for private development. Why hasn't NY acted on this? Why are we not harrassing our senators and assembly reps to introduce legislation to prevent abuses such as this.

3. They city is damaging these busiensses just by holding the threat of eminenet domain over the heads. The very suggestion of it would be practically impossible for any of these business owners to sell their land to anyone BUT the city. How does anyone justify that? The bloomberg administration has essentially made their land worthless and handcuffed.

Anonymous said...

It looks like Avella is taking a dump in his pants in that photo.

Anonymous said...

there own land made worthless thru the owners abuse of it. Their own report highlights parcels that have been unsalable in the past. Largely due to the environmentally toxic soup the owners have been brewing in their 40 year stewardship over the property.

In fact, the city has reserved funds sufficient to purchase the parcels based on the WPIRAs own independent appraisal paid for by hirams office. It is the landowners persistance on holding up the city for 10 times that value that is the real crime here.

Those are the facts

Anonymous said...

Ron Lauder should just use a photo of Tony Avella and his pathetic quotes from all of his stupid, meaningless, selfish, hypocritical and foolish rantings and bulls++t press conferences as the next term limits ad campaign. That will convince the voters again and again to always vote for term limits. By the way, there is nothing "tough" about Tony Avella. He is nothing more than a complete and total loser. Bah-bye, Tony. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

Perv watch said...

It looks like ex-councilperv and grandmother rapist Dennis Pinky Gallagher is on this blog.

What a pathetic piece of garbage this guy has become.

Anonymous said...

Tony Avella is right on the money, again. We await Bloomberg's response.

Anonymous said...

Teachers should have to account for the quality of teaching services (or lack of) that they deliver to their students like any other employee in the private sector.

That's what's called QUALITY CONTROL and if they don't like it let them seek another profession!

The threat of firing is the carrot that's like dangled in front of the mule which "encourages" teachers to do a good job or else!

That must have been a teacher's union rep that posted earlier.

And you can f--k Albert Shanker's ghost!

teacher said...

"Teachers should have to account for the quality of teaching services (or lack of) that they deliver to their students like any other employee in the private sector."

And how do we do that, by test scores? So if we go on that reasoning every time a doctor loses a patient , he/she should be fired then, right? Some things are just out of a teacher's control whether you want to believe it or not.

"The threat of firing is the carrot that's like dangled in front of the mule which "encourages" teachers to do a good job or else!"

The threat of firing only serves to lower the morale of all teachers who know that many factors in their student's performance are out of their control. Do you suggest we go home with them and help them with their homework as well?

"That must have been a teacher's union rep that posted earlier."

Wrong again. No, just a regular lowly teacher tired of the misconceptions by know-nothings such as yourself.

The rest of your comments don't even warrant a response.