Time has not put a damper on the fight to bring Civic Virtue back to Kew Gardens and advocates said they were planning a major rally for the cause.
Richard Iritano, leader of the Civic Virtue Task Force, said he and his team were making hundreds of phone calls and emails to organize one a massive effort against the removal of the historic statue and call for its immediate return to the front of Borough Hall. After months of waiting for letters of support and other commitments from Queens elected officials, Iritano said he was ready to press forward alone if he needed to.
“We want this to be a democratic process and so far, we’re not getting any cooperation,” Iritano said. “Where are the letters of support? We will move ahead with this rally with or without them.”
Now, the activist said he hoped to see those same elected officials come back to supporting the cause as he and his task force assemble another massive rally for next month.
“The consensus has long been established. We want it back,” Iritano said. “There still seems to be all these delays and stall tactics coming from those in office.”
Robert LoScalzo, a documentary filmmaker and member of the task force, learned through a Freedom of Information Law Request that $49,464 city dollars went towards the restoration work of the statue and another $49,801 paid for its transportation.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Rally in the works to bring Civic Virtue back to borough hall
Posted by Queens Crapper at 12:15 AM
Labels: civic virtue, historic preservation, rally, robert loscalzo, statue
I really hope they get this statue back in Queens where it belongs and is a part of our history. These clueless politicians. What a waste of our funding $49,801 to transport it, that money could of been used for something more important!
And $8 million has been earmarked by QBP Katz for preserving the NY State Pavilion????
Let it go people, let it go ....
There is a shitload of things that we can do that would be hell of a lot more useful with your time and money.
Its a bit like Occupy Queens going nuts over drone attacks in Pakistan and the rise of the Greek Right giving you a blank look when you talk about local politics.
I remember clearly many people protesting this statue as sexist. And you know what, it is. It was poorly taken care of and only until the end did I hear complaints about its condition. Just let it go already. I couldn't care and most don't either. Just a few hundred.
It symbolizes the victory over corruption. Bringing it back would be just that - a victory over corruption and . . . a triumph of civic virtue.
Go for it.
Really!! Enough with this statue!
It's got a better home at Greenwood for chrissakes.
You folks crack me up. "Let it go." No, we shouldn't just let corruption go, no matter how trivial some people think it is.
Seriously - how many of you people saying "let it go" have shown this kind of initiative in doing anything to reverse the decline documented by Queenscrap? Just showing up to complain at your local community board doesn't count! Get off your asses and do something in your own neighborhood more meaningful before you judge.
Maybe they should send it back to Manhattan to watch over the scum in city hall.
This should be interesting. Politicians hate what it stands for, god forbid citizen's (paying all these bums salary's) demand representation.
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