Sunday, July 25, 2010

Weiner issued a really crappy, incorrect report and no one noticed

From NBC:

Twelve percent of stores are vacant on the busiest shopping streets in Queens, according to a report released today by Rep. Anthony Weiner.

The report studied shopping strips in ten Queens neighborhoods, most of which are small and locally-owned businesses. And its findings are not good.

One in 5 stores are closed or closing in Woodhaven and Rego Park's busiest shopping strips, Jamaica Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard respectively. On Jamaica Avenue the total number of vacant storefronts is 73.

“Small businesses are the backbone of New York City’s economy, and they have borne the brunt of our nation’s recent downturn,” Weiner said. “Helping small business owners get back on their feet should be our number one priority.”

A total of 1716 stores were surveyed in ten Queens neighborhoods--Rockaway, Rego Park, Flushing, Woodhaven, Forest Hills, Jamaica, Sunnyside, Astoria, Glendale and Bayside--and of these, 206--12 percent--were closed or closing, according to Weiner's report.

Uh, wait a minute...

"Greetings -- longtime fan of QC --

Anthony Weiner's office issued a report showing Woodhaven with an alarming 20% vacancies along Jamaica Avenue. Some of this stemmed from some confusion over where the boundaries are between Woodhaven and Richmond Hill -- the rest is just a really crappy report. Woodhaven has under 10% vacancies which puts them in comparatively decent shape.

Here are some details -- along with an explanation how they did the same thing last year - except last year they were off by 15% -- so there's been progress!

Last night at our Woodhaven Town Hall meeting, a representative from Weiner's office admitted the report was incorrect and promised that a correction would be issued shortly. The problem is that his original press release is being used in a bunch of stories and causing some heartburn. Would you consider posting something to help beat back this crappy report?

I hope this message finds you well."

Edward K. Wendell
President - Woodhaven Residents' Block Association

One more time...

"Anthony Weiner has quietly corrected his report online -- now it's Richmond Hill (instead of Woodhaven) that gets the bad news....

Thus far, no correction has been noted as far as we can tell.

We have requested a very public correction --"

Be well, Ed


Barney Frank said...

And here we finally thought he got it straight.

Anonymous said...

the foxes are guarding the chicken coop.

Anonymous said...

the foxes are guarding the chicken coop.

Anonymous said...

Barney Frank said...
And here we finally thought he got it straight.

Leave it to Barney Frank to want a straight Weiner!

Anonymous said...

How is it that Weiner gets away with this crap? 2 years in a row and the whole thing is all about self promotion. So he could release his b.s. 5 point plan. Weiner has zero character, zero accountability and so many still support him. whats wrong with this picture?

Anonymous said...

is not democrat dictatorship in n.y.c. grand?

Anonymous said...

The Windbag does it again.

Anonymous said...

Wow really sad you remove opposing comments but revel in immature put downs about people others post.

Tell me the merit of the first or fourth comment? I'm really curious.

Queens Crapper said...

They were JOKES about WEINER who this post is about.

Maybe you need to understand what the term "relevance" means.

Ed Wendell said...

They've changed their "press release" again -- and again there is no acknowledgement of any change --

Originally, it said --

• Woodhaven has the highest vacancy rate of 20%

Then they changed it to:

• Richmond Hill has the highest vacancy rate of 20%

Now, they've bunkered down and they're saying:

• Richmond Hill/Woodhaven has the highest vacancy rate of 20%

This is still way misleading.

As an FYI, we did our own "study" which showed 345 total storefronts on Jamaica Avenue in Woodhaven -- 27 are closed -- Woodhaven has a total of 7.82%

The Weiner Report is referring to a stretch of Jamaica Avenue that combines Woodhaven & Richmond Hill -- and the Woodhaven portion of that stretch has 82 storefronts and 7 of `em are closed -- 8.53%

Mistakes happen -- it's how you handle mistakes that's important.

Ed Wendell said...

"Weiner Issues Correction"

"Congressmember Anthony Weiner has advised that the report issued by his office on vacant storefronts in Queens, which was released on Monday, July 19, and was reported on Page 1 of the Gazette of July 21, 2010 (“Biz Strip Vacancies”), mislabeled one of the neighborhoods his staff surveyed.

While the streets surveyed were correct, the neighborhood designation for Jamaica Avenue was imprecise. Since Woodhaven begins west of 98th Street, and only about 22 percent of the street was in this area, it should have been labeled "Richmond Hill/Woodhaven”, Weiner said in a statement."

This isn't a correction -- it's spin. The stretch of Woodhaven surveyed was around 8% vacant -- it didn't belong at all in the report. If Mr. Weiner was serious about issuing a correction, his staff would have released their Woodhaven numbers separately.

Anonymous said...

Weiner is some piece of work. If he can go on camera and give this crappy report, why can't he get in front of the camera and correct the report. What? Weiner is suddenly camera shy? lol

I am not a Woodhaven resident but I would be pretty pissed if I was.