Community Board 3 's leadership in Manhattan remains deaf, blind and mute during the most important
issue facing lower Manhattan and Chinatown in decades.
Fact #1: The Court where the trials themselves were to be held is located in Community Board 1 (CB 1), not CB 3. A large chunk of the “soft-security zone” is located in CB 3.
Anyone with their eye on local politics, let alone our CB#3 leader, would have known way before the NYPD detailed their security plan on January 29, 2010 that a large part of CB#3 would be under severe military lockdown if the terror trials were held in Lower Manhattan. We first raised the alarm during the first Chinatown Working Group town hall meeting last June, 2009 before representatives of most of our elected leadership and community board, that we feared the terror trials were coming to
Fact #4: Ms. Menin has done a phenomenal job taking charge on this and I give her tremendous kudos for what she has helped to move so quickly in the last two weeks. In fact, the Borough President asked to get a better handle on the details before scheduling it for a full Borough Board (all CB’s in
Fact #5: Ms. Menin and I determined that my calling an emergency Community Board 3 Executive and/or full board meeting to support the CB 1 resolution was probably not necessary. I will introduce it at our February Executive meeting and if passed, will be voted on by the full Board the next week. That’s not silence or inaction.
Fact #6: Considering the Board’s limited resources, I would rather spend my own and the Board’s time focusing on responding to facts and details, so that we can make informed recommendations, not getting into a tit-for-tat with either the Mayor or Mr. Lee.
I invite Mr. Lee to come back to the open Executive and Full Board meetings to reacquaint himself with how to bring issues to the board and to contact me and/or the office regarding his concerns. Why he has taken the time to write this blog entry instead of picking up the phone and reaching out to me for the first time since we have met is beyond me.
In light of the Chair’s recent announcement via email, “FYI, we will be presenting and most likely adopting CB 1's resolution in our Executive Committee meeting this month. This is the typical process for how community boards work together.” - Dominic Pisciotta, it stands to reason that even with “literally shockingly ZERO community residents coming to Community Board 3 with concerns over the trial” Mr. Pisciotta can still in some way bring support to Board 1’s resolution as he says he is doing this month.
The question remains, if he can do it this month with still zero community input as he claims, why then could he not have called an emergency meeting of the full board two months ago with the same alleged “literally shockingly ZERO” community input and adopt the resolution in conjunction with Board 1 weeks ago?
In response to Mr. Pisciotta saying Jan Lee “just need to make an effort” I believe that contributing to a dozen news articles, a national T.V. appearance, countless volunteer hours of planning press conferences and rallies more than qualifies for “making in effort” I am disappointed that Mr. Pisciotta sees otherwise.