Councilman Dennis "Pinky" Gallagher has rejected the call for unity by Lee Principe, son of the late former Community Board 5 Chairman, Frank Principe. Last week via a letter, Lee asked the Community Board, the Juniper Park Civic Association and the councilman to work together to save the entire St. Saviour's parcel for the Maspeth community. The Queens Ledger reports that not only has Gallagher not responded positively, but he has also now involved the current chairman of the Community Board in negotiations with the developer:
Councilman Rejects St. Saviour's Proposal
Here's the funniest part of the article:
"I would strongly support someone else buying it for a different use, and I would support the city purchasing the property. Having said that, I don't think the developer would wait the 18 months or more it would take the city to approve such a transaction." - Dennis P. Gallagher
If QC recalls correctly, around this time last year Pinky was telling his West Maspeth constituents that there was nothing he could do to save St. Saviour's. If he had been working on this from the get go, instead of sitting on his hands, Maspeth would now only be 6 months away from having a new park.
By the way, QC would love to know who gave the CB5 chairman the authority to make secret deals with developers. Maybe an ethics investigation needs to be opened as to the actions of this "community leader."