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Sunday, June 28, 2015
Dan Garodnick's Wasteful Spending
I have to hand it to Dan Garodnick, our councilman. It takes balls to print a HUGE glossy and expensive mailer (on the people's dime) to pat yourself on the back, while promoting the 63-floor One Vanderbilt building, the spearhead for fundamentally changing the mid-East Side forever with other neighboring high rises that will sink Central Park and Manhattan's East Side streets into shadow, creating even more congestion, more noise, more madness, less sun, less air, but make the REBNY, construction bosses, and wealthy foreign concerns very happy.
But we know that Dan is a puppy dog to real estate. (Check the donations he receives from real estate and his teaming up with Brookfield to acquire Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, where "affordable housing" will be supposedly maintained for, maybe, 10% of the tenants, but probably 5%, if we're lucky. And "affordable" will not be what any normal person would consider affordable.)
But that's not what goads now.
What goads is why Dan had to spend so much on this self-promotional newsletter. Remember that several years ago Dan jumped on the "green" bandwagon and issued "green" newsletters on non-glossy paper, as he touted the green movement and his being a part of it. That turned out to be--surprise, surprise--bullshit, which Dan is a master at crafting. Those "green" newsletters were not snazzy enough, because he dropped that concept and went with heavier stock, glossy paper, which costs much more. This new newsletter exceeds those costs by being the largest foldout I ever received from a politician! My ruler isn't long enough to measure it!
I'm assuming that the money for this flyer comes from whatever kitty a councilperson receives for such promotions, with the taxpayer ultimately footing the bill. But since this gigantic "newsletter" is all about the Vanderbilt Corridor, I can't but wonder if some extra money wasn't received from big business interests to pump up the mailer's dimensions.
And here's the middle section compared with the size of a dollar bill, rug removed on the floor for better visual impact:
What a waste of money!