Thought you might like some video from Helen Marshall's public hearing today, in which the USTA expansion issue took center stage.
I apologize for the quality; it was shot on an iPhone in a crowded room while I was holding other items.
This first is, of course, Ben Haber, delivering his righteous wrath to the BP directly. He began by saying that he had come up without any intention of swaying Helen Marshall's opinion, as he felt she had already decided to support the expansion long ago, and that to try to change her mind would be futile. At that point, she interjected, which was when I managed to get the video recording.
The second clip is the last minute of Geoffrey Croft's speech, where Helen Marshall again butts in. Interestingly, after he says "This is about protecting parkland, and there are two other projects coming right down the pipeline," Marshall says, quite clearly, "I hope not." Even Croft seems surprised for a second. "Well we hope you vote against those two projects," Croft said.
When I concluded my own 3 minutes in opposition to the USTA expansion, I wished the Borough President the wisdom and conscience to use the weight of her office for the public good, not merely that of the special interests. She smugly responded, as if to correct me, "you mean 'continue' to use my wisdom and conscience?" To which I responded that I said she should demonstrate it on this particular issue. Perhaps thinking I didn't understand her not-so-subtle effort to turn a conditional compliment into unwarranted praise, she again tried to offer her correction. I responded with deference that I was not currently afforded the time to discuss other matters.
If Ms. Marshall really cares about her legacy, she should take a clear stand against the overdevelopment of Queens in her final few months in office, not make cute remarks or bicker with people during their right to address the public.