Thursday, February 19, 2009
SCA trying to pull a fast one
Yes, you read it right, folks. Neither Community Board 5 nor the City Council have voted on the plan for the proposed Maspeth high school yet, but the School Construction Authority is already preparing to use eminent domain to take the property.
They printed the notice of the hearing only in the NY Post (if you don't read it or didn't that day, or don't scour the legal ads you're out of luck) and the (City Record, which the average person doesn't get because it costs $500/year to subscribe to it. The hearing is at 4pm, thereby ensuring that only the pro-school staff of PS58Q will be able to make it and not the average working Joes and Janes living in the vicinity who will be most affected by the presence of this new school. This is a real mockery of what public hearings are supposed to be about, but this is what we have come to expect from the Bloomberg administration.
As per SCA, this school will not be locally zoned. It will consist of two 500-seat "career" schools (really one big school) that by nature must be open to the entire city (with preference given to borough residents -- not even district residents), and a 100-seat special ed school. Someone needs to explain why Maspeth, with no rapid transit and tremendously overcrowded bus lines should be the location of 2 schools that cater to the entire city. Someone from SCA should also explain why it's ideal to build schools in industrial zones in LIC, but not in the industrial areas of Maspeth that have empty warehouses collecting dust and owners dying to sell. And what is the City's obsession with using eminent domain for everything even when it doesn't have to?
Could it be that SCA went to Liz Crowley and made a deal with her to get her support? If Crowley votes yes, so votes the Council. Is this a done deal?