To The Editor:
Concerning the proposed Willets Point project, Queens Tribune reporter Joseph Orovic in the Feb. 24 edition makes reference to the City's Economic Development Corporation's (EDC) claim the plan is "Rife With Support."
Other than support from real estate moguls, the Queens Chamber of Commerce and a few misguided politicians, the claim does not stand up to scrutiny. There is no support from the poor, the middle class or small businesses - all of whom are the backbone of this city.
The EDC hides the fact they are engaged in dismantling the more than a century old understanding that eminent domain deals with taking private property for a public purpose and not for a private developer. The EDC, complicit with its boss Mayor Bloomberg, has kept secret the taxpayer cost the developer will reap. If the sordid history of the influence politically and financially possessed by real estate interests is any indication, the taxpayer bill for direct and indirect aid will be enormous.
State Sen. Toby Stavisky is quoted as saying people speed up on the highway so as not to look at Willets Point. She is confused. What they do not look at is the proliferation of ecologically damaging advertising signs on the top of the Mets stadium. Stavisky also claims she "cringes" when she looks at Willets Point.
She apparently does not cringe when looking in the mirror and seeing a politician who for many years on the public payroll consistently defaulted in an obligation to correct the city's blatant failure to repair the Willets Point site. She does not cringe over the fact the proposed project will have destroyed hundreds of small businesses with thousands of their employees and dependents. She does not cringe over the fact she favors fat cat real estate interests over the little people. She does not cringe over the fact she has exhibited a complete lack of understanding of the time-honored concept that eminent domain should not be exercised for the benefit of private real estate interests, something a third grade elementary school civics class does understand.
Stavisky's support does not say much for this ill-advised taxpayer rip-off project.
Benjamin M. Haber