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June 12, 2007

Joe Porcelli: My Local Hero

Pardon me for asking


To my local Brooklyn readers, you know about the punitive dismissal of some Community Board 6 members because they opposed the Atlantic Yards Mega Project. The three politicians who appoint members to the board, Marty Markowitz, Bill DeBlasio and David Yassky replaced nine members with people probably more inclined to embrace Bruce Ratner's monstro" city."

Of course the lesson to learn for our board members is that they better not cross the politicos who appoint them. And that they have just become useless to the community. They have just become yes-men. Under those conditions, can they even represent their community?

Now one brave board member, Joe Porcelli, is resigning in protest. And he would like other board members to follow suit. That is probably not going to happen, but in the meantime, Porcelli is the sole member who has any guts and conviction. Good for him.


NoLandGrab: Most of the purged Community Board members have been appointed to serve on CB6 committees as non-boardmembers. Some feel that sent a stronger message back to the Borough President and the community than resigning en masse.

Posted by lumi at June 12, 2007 7:04 AM