Apelian does not deserve apology over Willets Pt.

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Under the aegis of Community Board 7 Chairman Eugene Kelty and Vice Chairman Chuck Apelian, aided and abetted by the Bloomberg administration and Borough President Helen Marshall — all beholden to fat cat real estate moguls — downtown Flushing has become a tasteless architectural nightmare.

It came as no surprise that with regard to the proposed Willets Point project, CB 7’s handling of the city Uniform Land Use Review Procedure and its so-called “open public meeting” was in fact the antithesis of good government.

And now comes Apelian, who demands that Feinstein Iron Works place full-page advertisements in two newspapers apologizing for its initial complaints about the manner in which the Willets Point matter was handled by CB 7 (“Feinstein, CB 7 make amends after clashes,” Jan. 20-26). It was, in fact, mishandled and Feinstein was correct to complain and owes no apology.

Apelian’s demand for an unwarranted, self-serving statement is so absurd it does not even approach the level of being outrageous. Indeed, Apelian has now demonstrated that he is entitled to being inducted into the “Chutzpah Hall of Shame.”

Benjamin M. Haber


Updated 10:33 am, October 12, 2011
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