Outstanding article in the New York Observer on the obstacles in allowing the city to get started on the redevelopment of Willets Point as to add more to the $iti Field experience  and make the area one where you would stay at after a Mets game. As it is now the pre and post game rituals of Mets fans will be the same even with the new ball park as the area around it offers nothing in the way of restaurants, bars or shopping. I have yet to meet any Mets fans who say “hey let’s hang out in Corona after the game”  it’s more “let’s get to the city, pronto”. So it would be a no brainer to support a plan that would bring much needed dollars into the community to make the Willets Point like a mini Baltimore Inner Harbor where baseball fans would come  even tourists, to get a look and tour of $iti Field and spend money in bussiness located in this village type atmosphere. But then again it looks like greased palms wins over common sense when it comes to the Den of Thieves a/k/a The NYC City Council as we see with our old pal Councilman Hiram Monserrate and his reasons for supporting the chop hop owners:

{The landowners have also been prolific donors to council members from Queens, spreading, according to campaign filings, more than $111, 000 between just eight candidates for city office in 2009: Comptroller Bill Thompson and council members David Weprin, Peter Vallone Jr., Eric Gioia, Melinda Katz, Helen Sears, Tony Avella, and Mr. Liu. The local councilman, Mr. Monserrate, has received more than $50, 000 from Willets Point business owners in his bid for a State Senate seat next month.}

and of course Monserrate is not just getting that tribute he also playing pocket pool with the biggest property owner in the Iron Triangle,  Tully Environmental: 

{Key to winning Council support, multiple people familiar with discussions said, is the fate of the largest landowner at the site, Tully Environmental. Relocation would likely be difficult for a property owner of Tully’s size, and the firm has been the most active campaign contributor of any of the landowners to local elected officials. The firm, along with other companies listed with the same address, has targeted Mr. Monserrate above the other elected officials, putting at least $22, 500 toward his Senate campaign, according to campaign filings.}

I would love to know how much the Skill Sets had to pony up to Monserrate’s campaign fund to get the ok for the building of $iti Field?

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