From the Times Ledger:
City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) laced up his working boots Tuesday morning and took to the vacant lot near the intersection of an abandoned corner property, at 24-19 Francis Lewis Blvd. in Whitestone, alongside property owner Robin Singh to help spread some topsoil for new greenery.
“Hopefully, with this tree the site will become a green oasis instead of the urban wasteland it has been for so long,” Halloran said. “I thank the property owner for hearing the cries of the community.“
Singh said the lot should be complete by the end of the week.
The lot has been vacant and full of vegetation and debris for years before residents and local lawmakers moved to change its image. A trademark wooden fence riddled with graffiti became a common eyesore for residents in Whitestone.
The moral of the story is: if you want to light a fire under Halloran's ass, have Tony Avella tell the media that he fixed something in Halloran's district.
BTW, if the City could find the owner and make him clean up the lot back in February, then why was Halloran only able to track him down 2 weeks ago to ask him about the fence?
And for a good laugh, watch this followup from WPIX where Halloran speaks on behalf of the owner and says he "had no idea" what kind of condition the lot was in. So he bought the lot sight unseen? Or did he win it in a poker game?
Brace yourself for the BSA application, folks!