"I had a long conversation with Anne Marie Aboranian/constituents service at Melinda Katz/ Borough President's office on 2/28/14.
Sorry to inform residents/voters that we should not expect the B/P office to clean-up Jamaica unless we take extreme measures. WE WILL & WE MUST.
This woman holds a position to ensure services are rendered to solve the many neglected problems that team P/J and others continue to report. To my dismay, this woman does not even believe a problem exists.
Her main emphasis was enforcing the rights for homeless people and the band of law breakers. She and the liaison/La Mura share the same philosophy. I could not believe her obliviousness; however, she spoke with passion. This is the danger, she believes what she was saying.
I told her that it is very depressing especially, early in the morning on the way to work. Residents have to endure: seeing make-shift bedrooms on our sidewalks, stink smelling homeless people in the subway and on the trains.
She hinted that a investigation is being conducted. At that point, I asked her if she thinks that team P/J made up: the subway characters, the fleet of abandoned vehicles, the grime riddled trestle walls etc. She replied, no but.
After a pause she strayed into saying that every thing takes time and they cannot just remove these homeless people. She raised her voice and appeared offended when I told her that she does not have to live this horror every day and therefore does not understand.
She said that the B/P office is working "very hard" and reminded me that recently she contacted several agencies in an effort to help us. I replied that meetings and letters mean nothing if the problems remain the same.
In the end she could not give me a time frame as to when work will start." - Pamela Hazel