The business of politics
After the T&V editorial on the SBJSA ran last week in the print edition, many offered negative comments online about New York City Council Member Dan Garodnick.
I met him for the first time many years ago when he first ran. He was friendly and seemed quite intelligent and won.
But Mr. Garodnick does need money each time he runs – as do all politicians. He may have first been elected as an idealist. But, now he lives in the real world of politics. Often people in his position morph into self-serving pols who run on helping the regular folks and end up accepting money from people in the real estate industry. Remember that power corrupts and the more one gets the greater corruption.
I gave quite moderate contributions to Obama and Sanders – so modest, that when and if they were or are elected, they owe me nothing. But, certain industries via lobbyists don’t care about the idealism or lack of it when they support a pol. All they desire is to be able to have access and call them directly or via a surrogate to suggest legislation which is in their financial interests.
This is my hypothesis about the insulting comments concerning Dan on the T&V Blog. And, if true it represents just a microcosm of what continues to occur in this city’s apartment and business rents – higher and higher. This also is happening in most areas of this nation.
If you have TWC they are running an important documentary on NY1’s Ch. 1020: “The Vanishing City.” This represents a comprehensive and honest explanation of what’s going down and affecting all of us. See it!
David Chowes, PCV
And what have you done for our city?
Re: Letter, “’Entitled’ to affordability?”, T&V, Nov. 26.
Those of us who lived here during the 70s and 80s when everyone was fleeing New York City, stayed through robberies, rapes, assaults and even a home invasion in Stuy Town. (Check with our precinct.)
We kept the museums, churches and libraries open and the schools decent, and we helped bring back N.Y.C.
Now that we are retired and living on fixed incomes, we are entitled, to a thank you at least.
Liz Latimer, ST