From Housing Works:
Ben Branham, a spokesperson for Katz’s campaign for City Comptroller, said Katz didn’t endorse the community outrage but that “it’s the job of a council person to represent anyone in the district.” He added, “It’s a situation where people got angry, and it was frustrating to see such opposition emerge.”
It was frustrating to see people defending their families, property values and quality of life? If Katz wasn't such a tweeder, she would understand that this is why good neighborhoods stay that way. Is this a case where the politician's spokesperson agrees with whomever they are talking with at the moment? And Vicky Morales wonders why she got booed at the rally.
The Queens Alliance is a shady organization with no track record in managing this type of facility. They say they are going to provide "drug rehabilitation referral services" but have made it clear that drug treatment is not mandatory for their clients, and have also emphatically stated that drugs and alcohol are not permitted inside the facility. So that means 58th Ave will have winos and junkies roaming the streets selling and doing drugs and God knows what else. Opposition to this facility by the councilwoman should be a no-brainer. The Times Newsweekly seems to understand this. But she instead went along with the media as they twisted it into an "Elmhurst is anti-AIDS" thing, which it never was.
Please send this loser named Melinda Katz to the unemployment line on September 15th. Other than Bloomberg and Quinn, there is no one at City Hall more deserving of being run out of town on a rail.