Thursday, September 18, 2008

"What a shame. Mr. Deblasio."

The Latest from CORD/Coalition for Respectful Development

Here are some of the responses we have received from our question in last week's post here: Link

How do YOU feel about whether or not our Councilman should support us at the upcoming BSA HEARING?
Please write to us at if you would like to speak out.

1) "What a shame. Mr. Deblasio.

"You have to step up and ensure Carroll Gardens remains a Low rise Brownstone neighborhood, with great Family's who treasure the way it always has been. Thank you."

Resident Henry Street

2) Steven Hart continues to speak on the CGNA listserve:
(See his letter on our CORD blog yesterday)

Here are some excerpts:

"It should be no surprise to anyone that the entire economy has been thrown
into exactly these conditions because of the same protectionist policies
toward corporations and the same capricious lack of regulation in capital
markets. .....(edit)

....."Now what do we do here in Brooklyn? Take Mr. Stein's fiasco on Smith St.
One approach is to turn him loose in the vague hope that his tumor-sized
project will somehow provide employment and get built in some form that will
not be as visually reprehensible as the school he built directly across the
street...... (edit)

....."Certainly no elected official will stop either Stein or Ratner for the simple reason that
they seem to benefit from these developers somehow (edit).....

.......The exception might be Mr. DeBlasio who seems unable to find his footing in
any matters of substance unless they propel him upward on the political rock
face that he has chose for his ascent. Having chosen to follow Mrs. Clinton
to the top, his efforts there came to nothing (edit)....

.....Now is the chance chance for both of these officials to weigh in with the BSA to insure that the widest economic needs of the Carroll Gardens community are met. What
does that mean?....(edit)....

That means no more whiz bang schemes to revolutionize the area and turn it
into someplace else. What we need is economic stability. We do not live inTexas and we do NOT need boom and bust yahoo fiscal policy. We need to secure what we have against the economic turmoil that is here and it is
going to increase. We do not need our homes diminished in value to
accommodate a one-shot developers infusion of capital financed by a bank
that may not be there next week." (End.)

Steven Hart
Boerum Hill


Thank you Representative Yvette Clarke and her wonderful assistant, Deanna Bitetti, for your help obtaining some postal service here in Carroll Gardens! The P.O. will be at the Eileen Dugan Senior Center ONCE A MONTH starting Friday, Oct. 3!

Deanna R. Bitetti, District Representative

Office of U.S. Representative Yvette D. Clarke

Brooklyn District Office

123 Linden Blvd., 4th Floor

Brooklyn, NY 11226

Ph: 718-287-1142 Fax: 718-287-1223


From: Burrows, Andrea D - Brooklyn, NY []
Sent: Tuesday, September 16, 2008 12:02 PM
To: Bitetti, Deanna

Subject: The Brooklyn PO - Eileen Dugan Senior Center Starts Friday, October 3, 2008

Good Morning Deanna,

As per our conversation yesterday. The USPS will visit the Eileen Dugan Senior Center once a month. We have increased the time frame from 2 hours to 4 hours.

A Clerk will be at the Senior Center on Friday, October 3, 2008 from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM. We will start with once a month for four hours. If revenue increases and necessitates more USPS time, we will accomodate. Days of week will shift depending on time of month and needs of the Cadman Plaza Post Office.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Thank you.

Andrea Burrows
Customer Relations Coordinator
Brooklyn Customer Services
(718) 348-3606
Fax: (718) 348-3915


With the "Protect Our Homes" petition, CORD was formed in May, 2007. This petition arose as an overwhelmingly negative response to the coming of the over-sized 360 Smith Street Development at the corner of Smith Street and Second Place (Aka Oliver House; aka 131 Second Place). This petition, which had well over three thousand signatures, led to a new zoning text amendment in summer of 2008.

To: Our Elected Officials, Community Leaders, The MTA:
(MAY, 2007)

We the undersigned Carroll Gardens homeowners and residents, are appalled by the "as of right" ruling which allows owners and developers to erect buildings in our neighborhood with no regard to the impact they will present to our quality of life and the value of our homes........