|Rapid Response Team
Parks Commissioner Attacks Our Association But Does Not Respond to Our 40 Page Report
It was 76 days since we delivered our 40 page "State of the Park Report 2007" on the conditions in Flushing Meadows - Corona Park to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, and the Park Administrator. (Report can be found on this site above). We have yet to receive a response or even an acknowledgement of its delivery from the Borough President, or the Park Administrator.
However, Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe did react to our report in a published New York Daily News article stating that our organization "has done nothing for the park."
Our rapid response to his statement is contained here, including a time line of our Association's 40 year record of fighting for this park.
His second response which was received on March 9th said, "We appreciate your time in preparing this detailed report, and we share many of your goals."
However, he had no comments about our concerns or proposals and he said he forwarded it to Estelle Cooper, his Administrator of the Park, and Dorothy Lewandowski, his Queens Borough Commissioner for their assessment and recommendation.
The problem is, he is delegating it to the very people our report holds responsible for the deplorable decay of this park.
Mr. Parks Commissioner, what exactly do you do? We addressed this to you because there is a problem here, and you are now handing this over to the very people that we suggest are the problem!
We suggest you get back and sit at your desk and go to work and to answer this report and not pass it off to your incompetent underlings.
We are still awaiting substantive responses to our report. Our clock stopped counting at 76days, Mr. Mayor and Mr. Parks Commissioner! We have never received an adequate response to our report.