From The Politicker:
Michael Bloomberg’s longtime critic, Tom Ognibene, is running for his old Council seat, and supporting Bloomberg. The mayor’s people did not return calls asking if they were endorsing Ognibene.
Uh, oh! Sounds like Bloomie's backstabbing already! We know how sensitive the mayor is. Maybe he read this from the Forum West and got annoyed:
...Middle Village attorney Thomas Ognibene, who recently said he will challenge Crowley in November, said Tuesday that he is considering filing a lawsuit against the city to block the [Maspeth High School].
“I’m very concerned that it is an inappropriate site with possible health hazards,” he said. “There is a lot of action you can take [to block it], and what I can do is sue the City of New York and the School Construction Authority, which is one thing I’m contemplating now and moving in that direction.”
How dare you threaten to challenge Bloomberg's grand vision for Queens!
And speaking of the School Construction Authority...here's something from The Brooklyn Paper:
Councilmembers slammed the city’s school building agency over internal e-mails that cast doubt about whether or not the city actually considered other sites for a public middle school, which is a key component in David and Jed Walentases’ proposed 18-story, 300-unit building in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Queens) attacked SCA Vice President Ross Holden over a Dec. 8 e-mail sent from Lorraine Grillo to Kenrick Ou that seems to indicate that the agency was only humoring Dock Street opponent Councilman David Yassky (D-Brooklyn Heights) when the politician suggested an alternate site for a public school at 205 Water St.
So, for DUMBO, the City Council's Queens delegation finds SCA's disingenuousness to be a big problem. But for the same scenario in Maspeth, it's more like an inside joke and a tweeder's dream.
The blatant contempt these folks have for us is truly astounding. But more astounding is that we re-elect them time after time in spite of it.