Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Katz & Moya to hold secret meeting on Willets Point

From Willets Point United:

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Councilmember Francisco Moya are the co-chairs of the “Willets Point Task Force,” a cherry-picked group that is supposed to recommend potential uses for Willets Point land. The Task Force will hold its third closed-door meeting this Wednesday, August 22.

Katz and Moya are denying Willets Point United and all current Willets Point property or business owners the opportunity to attend any meeting of the Task Force – despite Queens Community Board 7’s recommendation that Katz and Moya consider allowing a Willets Point representative to attend. Even worse, Councilmember Moya’s office directly lied to us by telephone last Thursday, stating that no August meeting of the Task Force has been scheduled – when Queens Community Board 7 knew that the meeting is set for August 22.

Katz and Moya are shutting out not only Willets Point United, but also the press. We are aware that Borough Hall has rejected several reporters’ requests to observe Task Force meetings, and has been unwilling to provide even basic information regarding what land use options the Task Force is considering, or how it operates.

Per information furnished to Queens Community Board 7, the scheduled topic of the August 22 Task Force meeting is to “develop preliminary recommendations,” prior to the final September meeting which will “review final recommendations” to be sent to Mayor de Blasio.

In our view, Katz, Moya and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) are leading the Task Force to an outcome predetermined by them – and they are using public-sector Task Force members solely to create an illusion of community buy-in, not to solicit or seriously consider any creative Willets Point development ideas they may have. Given that Willets Point United has a wealth of knowledge about all that has happened with the proposed Willets Point development during the past ten years (and beyond), had we been allowed to participate on the Task Force we would have encouraged thorough consideration of all relevant issues and potential recommendations – not just the ones prioritized by Katz, Moya and NYCEDC. We believe it is for that reason, that Katz and Moya are deliberately excluding us (and in the case of Moya’s office, even lying to us).

While Katz and Moya are shutting us out of their meetings, they cannot stop us from informing Task Force members, via this writing, of issues we consider important, and recommendations we believe the Task Force should make to Mayor de Blasio regarding Willets Point. We hope that the more open-minded members of the Task Force (if any) will raise these issues during the Wednesday meeting as “preliminary recommendations” are formulated.

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Anonymous said...

What else is new? Moya prides himself as a man of the people. If he gives the new Willets Point plan the go ahead, it wont just become the glamorous development project that developers originally envisioned for the area. He will force them to designate more than half of the residential units to low income residents at rates so low that that it would be a huge loss for the developer. Worse yet, he may go the Diblassio route and ask them to consider taking in at risk adults and house them in their luxury developments. WE CAN'T LET THAT HAPPEN !!

georgetheatheist said...

Autocrats Katz and Moya: This is democracy?

ron s said...

Obviously a standard Queens political scam. Secret meeting, no reporters, selective guest list, appearance of community involvement.

Anonymous said...

Clearly they have something to hide.

Unknown said...

This is the Queen's Way. People living within that community have nothing to say and if they are allowed to speak they are ignored. Look at the development on Baxter Avenue with Target Store etc; look at the Pan American Hotel on Queens Boulevard. The community never knew about Pan American until it was a done deal, , the same story with the Jackson Heights project. I am sure that Borough President Katz knew about it.

Anonymous said...

"If it's good for Katz, it must not be good for Queens." Sound familiar?

Anonymous said...

Democracy is being able to elect these positions.

Idiocracy is voting for these people.

Once you vote for them, it's on you.

Anonymous said...

The TA needs to expand the their bus depot across the street.

Anonymous said...

They were discussing Soccer-specific stadium and causeway to the LIRR & 7 train for some global Olympic style bullshit.
What a "soccer-specific stadium" is I have no clue I know nothing about this immigrant sport other then all soccer fans do good is get drunk, fight, riot and property damage. They also knew too many people would be against it with massive disruptions and outbursts if not drafted behind closed doors

Anonymous said...

be careful crappers.
The mayors office is warning there will be serious consequences for any media outlet that reports or even hints deBlasio and his administration is breaking laws or being bought by special interests and developers.
The mayors office of media has already put the kibosh on a dozen or so press credentials, professional photography and tripod permits.

Professions photography equipment without permit is also to banned throughout Flushing Meadow park during the US Open. USTA and FOX Sports Only--they are talking confiscation.
This is OUTRAGEOUS !!!

Anonymous said...

>professional photography and tripod permits.

Those exist? Didn't Bloomberg try to impose that and was beaten back by a concerted effort from the photographic community?