From the Courier-Life:
Brighton Beach and Coney Island residents spoke out against the borough president’s plan to spend $64 million in taxpayer money to build an amphitheater in Asser Levy Seaside Park -- a plan many contend is unwise while the city and state prepare to cut services due to the worsening economy.
“One thousand firemen are going to be cut next year but [Borough President] Marty [Markowitz] will build his amphitheater. He can fiddle in his amphitheater while Brooklyn burns,” Paul Sternblitz accused at last week’s meeting of Community Board 13.
“They want to build an amphitheater at the very same time they are slashing funds for services,” said Al Turk, vice president of Temple Beth Abraham.
Public school budgets are being cut “but somehow they have $64 million for an amphitheater that only our grubby politicians want?” Turk challenged.
Sternblitz’s brother, Ralph, believes the amphitheater will cost even more than expected.
“You think it’s going to cost only $64 million? Don’t believe it,” he said. “Maybe double! Maybe triple!”
“This is our money! Not the politicians money to squander away!” Turk asserted.
In spite of community opposition, Markowitz remains committed to the amphitheater plan.