Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Is Jose Rivera Sowing Seeds of Dissent? El Diario NY

Roberto Perez | 10/31/2012 | El Diario

When it comes to gossip and innuendo, the political world is like a hen house. I've heard that the Diaz family-state Sen. Ruben Diaz and his son Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., cut a deal with Councilman Jimmy Vacca to replace Rubencito if he decides to run citywide.

The problem with this rumor is, that only people who think this is true, are all aligned with former Bronx County Leader Assemblyman Jose Rivera.

Rivera, who is not necessarily bosom buddies with the Diaz clan after he was toppled, has a reputation for speaking in riddles and tongues, so you can never get a straight answer from him, some compare him to the character The Riddler from the old Batman series with Adam West. But rumors coming from anti Diaz forces say that father, and son will support Vacca for Borough President creating the possibility that a non Latino will hold the office for the first time in years.

I was told that both Assemblyman Nelson Castro and Councilman Fernando Cabrera are interested in running for Bronx borough president. So the rumors can also be a ploy by Rivera's allies to cause conflicts within the Bronx Democratic Party.

In addition, there may be other political candidates emerging. Rumors are circulating that Senator Diaz is interested in running for Councilwoman Annabel Palma's seat when she leaves office. If Diaz decides to run, he already has an opponent in Bronx activist and lawyer Ramón Jiménez. Jimenez said that Diaz is like an "octopus" who must be stopped.

Carlos Sierra, who ran against Councilwoman Helen Foster and recently lost a race for district leader plans to run again for the seat when she reaches the end of her term. But Sierra has a potential problem in his hands, one of his former supporters, businessman Pedro Alvarez, has been contemplating running for the seat as well, so two Dominicans running for the same seat, creates a problem for Sierra who better watch his back.

There are other candidates in the Bronx exploring running for public office. Activist Julio Pabon, best known for his Latino Sports initiative, wants to take down Councilwoman Maria del Carmen Arroyo. Israel Martinez has not let the ink dry on the new electoral map before saying he will run against Councilwoman Melissa Mark Viverito, when the seat becomes majority Bronx.

Someone in Brooklyn called me to tell me that Tommy Torres, who is a candidate for Councilwoman Diana Reyna's seat, is being disciplined by his employer, the Department of Education, because it is investigating his relationship with Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera.

I called Torres and he said that the rumors are false, that he is not in any trouble and that he remains a candidate for City Council.

El mundo político es como un gallinero -

El mundo político es como un gallinero -

POR: Roberto Perez / es anfitrión del programa The Perez Notes. | 10/31/2012 | El Diario

Roberto Perez

Cuando de chismes e indirectas se trata, el mundo político es como un gallinero. Me he enterado de que la familia Díaz –el senador estatal Rubén Díaz y su hijo Rubén Díaz Jr., presidente del condado de El Bronx– han llegado a un trato para apoyar al concejal Jimmy Vacca para reemplazar a Rubencito si este se lanza para un puesto que representa a la ciudad.

Los únicos que piensan que esto es más que un rumor, por casualidad tienen afinidad política con el asambleísta José Rivera, exlíder demócrata del condado de El Bronx.

Rivera, a quien no le encanta el clan Díaz, tiene reputación de hablar con dichos y no contestar las preguntas de manera directa. Pero los rumores que provienen de su bando dicen que la familia Díaz va a apoyar a Vacca en vez de a un latino si la presidencia de El Bronx se pone en juego.

Me contaron que tanto el asambleísta Nelson Castro como el concejal Fernando Cabrera están interesados en postularse a presidente del condado de El Bronx. Así que el rumor que corre también puede deberse a que los aliados de Rivera están provocando conflictos para sembrar la discordia en el Partido Demócrata de El Bronx.

Además, puede haber otras candidaturas políticas. Circulan rumores de que al senador Díaz le interesa obtener el puesto de Annabel Palma en el Concejo cuando ella deje su cargo. Si Díaz decide lanzarse, ya tiene como adversario al activista de El Bronx y abogado Ramón Jiménez. Jiménez ha dicho que Díaz es un "pulpo" a quien hay que detener.

Carlos Sierra, quien fue candidato contra la concejal Helen Foster y hace poco perdió una contienda para líder distrital, planea postularse de nuevo a este escaño cuando ella llegue al límite de su mandato. Pero quizás enfrente el problema de que uno de sus expartidarios, el empresario Pedro Álvarez, ha estado contemplando la misma candidatura, así que más vale que Sierra se cubra las espaldas.

Hay otros aspirantes a cargos públicos. El activista Julio Pabón, mejor conocido por su iniciativa Latino Sports, quiere enfrentarse a la concejal María del Carmen Arroyo. Israel Martínez no ha dejado que se seque la tinta en el nuevo mapa electoral antes de decir que se postulará en contra de la concejal Melissa Mark Viverito, si el escaño de ella pasa a ser de mayoría en El Bronx.

Alguien de Brooklyn me llamó a contarme que Tommy Torres –quien es candidato al puesto que Diana Reyna dejará vacante en el Concejo– está siendo sancionado por su empleador, el Departmento de Educación, porque se está investigando su relación con la asambleísta Naomi Rivera.

Pero Torres me dijo que los rumores son falsos, que no se ha metido en problemas y que sigue siendo candidato para el Concejo Municipal.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Peralta enters Queens BP Race with a Bang- El Diario NY

Roberto Perez | 10/24/2012 | El Diario

State Senator Jose Peralta's Queens Borough President campaign kick off in Jackson Heights was standing room only. Peralta's event was attended by a long list of elected officials from all corners of the borough. The list of those who were present included Queens Democratic Party Leader Congressman Joe Crowley, former Comptroller and mayoral candidate Bill Thompson, Senators Malcolm Smith, Toby Stavisky and Mike Gianaris, Assembly members Jeff Aubry and Francisco Moya, Council members Julissa Ferreras, Danny Dromm and Karen Koslowitz, and current Queens Borough President Helen Marshall. MirRam partner Eddy Castell, was also in the house.

Congressman Joe Crowley, who was also at an event for Melinda Katz, another candidate for the post, is still sitting on the fence and is choosing for the moment to keep who his favored candidate is, close to the vest. He spoke highly of Peralta, but did not tip his hand. It seems that for now, Crowley is taking a wait and see approach in the race. But something that Crowley is undoubtedly aware of is the fact, that he represents a district with a large Latino population. As a county leader, I'm sure that he recognizes that it is time that Queens has its first Latino as Borough President. The reason why the party supported Grace Meng for Congress was that they read the writing on the wall, and recognized the emergence of the Asian population, both in numbers and in civic engagement. I think the same thing rings true for the Latino community. Having said this, the Queens Democratic Party has a close relationship with Councilman Leroy Comrie, and they take pride in their handshakes, being loyal and keeping their word. In January, when the fundraising numbers come out, we will have a better idea of ​​who supports who. The other thing that you have to keep an eye on is whether the primary is changed to June.

A source in Northern Manhattan called to inform me that City Council Speaker, Christine Quinn, has been trying to get the support of a group representing Dominican women and from the political leadership in Washington Heights, in her quest to become the city's next Mayor.

I also heard a rumor that state Sen. Espaillat and Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez were trying to make a deal with Quinn in return for their support. The deal is that Quinn would push the supposedly independent commission to redraw the map to include District Leader Mark Levine in the 7th CD. The way the maps are currently drawn, he would have to move to run for this seat. If Quinn uses her connections to change the map for Levine, then Espaillat and Rodriguez will support Quinn for mayor. In politics, we all know that the independent commission is independent in name only, and that the Mayor and Speaker are the puppeteers pulling the strings.

Muy concurrido acto del senador Peralta -

Roberto Perez | 10/24/2012 | El Diario

El evento inaugural del senador estatal Jose Peralta en Jackson Heights en su candidatura para presidente del condado de Queens estuvo muy concurrido. Fue admirable para Peralta, pues los mas prominentes funcionarios electos de todas partes de Queens se aparecieron en el evento. La lista de los que dijeron presente incluyo al congresista Joe Crowley (jefe del Partido Democrata del condado de Queens), el excontralor Bill Thompson, los senadores Malcolm Smith, Toby Stavisky y Mike Gianaris, los asambleistas Jeff Aubry y Francisco Moya, los concejales Julissa Ferreras, Danny Dromm y Karen Koslowitz, y la actual presidente del condado de Queens, Helen Marshall. Eddy Castell, socio de MirRam, tambien se presento.

El congresista Joe Crowley, quien ademas estuvo en un evento para Melinda Katz, otra candidata para la presidencia del condado, no solto prenda sobre a quien va a apoyar. Parece que su estrategia es esperar a ver que pasa. Pero algo que Crowley sin lugar a dudas tendra en cuenta es el hecho de que el representa un distrito con una poblacion latina enorme. Como lider condal, estoy seguro que reconoce que ya es hora que Queens tenga a su primer latino en el puesto de presidente del condado. La razon por la cual el partido de Queens apoyo a Grace Meng como congresista fue que ya era hora de que se eligiera a un asiatico para el congreso. Me parece que debe ser igual en el caso de un latino y el puesto de presidente del condado. Ya dicho esto, el Partido Democrata de Queens tiene una relacion estrecha con el concejal Leroy Comrie, y se enorgullecen de ser leales y apegarse a su palabra. En enero, cuando se presenten los archivos de la recaudacion de fondos, tendremos una mejor idea de quien apoya a quien. La otra cosa a la que hay que ponerle el ojo es si la primaria se cambia a junio.

Una fuente del norte me aviso que la presidenta del Concejo Municipal, Christine Quinn, estuvo por el Norte de Manhattan para tratar de conseguir el apoyo de los lideres politicos y comunitarios dominicanos para su candidatura a la alcadia.

Tambien oi un rumor que el senador estatal Espaillat y el concejal Ydanis Rodriguez estaban tratando de hacer un trato con Quinn para apoyarla. El trato es que Quinn empuje a la supuestamente independiente comision encargada de redibujar el mapa para que vuelva a incluir al lider distrital Mark Levine en el distrito 7 del Concejo. Con el mapa actual, el tendria que mudarse para lanzarse como candidato a este escaño. Si Quinn usa sus conexiones para cambiar el mapa en favor de Levine, entonces Espaillat y Rodriguez apoyaran a Quinn para alcaldesa. En la politica, todos sabemos que la comision independiente que rediseña los distritos es independiente solo en nombre, y que el alcalde y la presidenta del Concejo son en realidad los que mueven los hilos. Asi que amanecera y veremos.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Did Espaillat Smoke the Peace Pipe with Rangel El Diario NY

Roberto Perez | 10/17/2012 | El Diario

War should be the only study of a prince. He should consider peace only as a breathing-time, which gives him leisure to contrive, and furnishes as ability to execute, military plans.

Niccolo Machiavelli

Looks like State Senator Adriano Espaillat has made peace with Congressman Charles Rangel and County Leader Assemblyman Keith Wright.

Recently, at Gabriela Rosa's birthday party, it seems like everyone had forgotten the bitterness between the Northern Manhattan forces led by Senator Espaillat and the Harlem establishment which includes Congressman Rangel, Assemblyman Denny Farrell, Councilman Robert Jackson , Councilwoman Inez Dickens and Democratic Boss Keith Wright. But I would like to remind everyone that in politics, some things are forgiven but not forgotten, which is why I included the Machiavelli quote. So I think that this alleged peace treaty that the two sides have forged, is nothing more than a play in which people that genuinely don't like, and trust each other, act as if they do.

Let's not forget that Senator Espaillat told Congressman Rangel, that he was not going to run against him and then he did anyway. So, anyone who believes that a veteran warrior like Congressman Rangel will just let bygones be bygones is sadly mistaken. Perhaps acting as if they've reached an armistice in public will fool some people, but all indications are that there will be another political war for the congressional seat in two years.

Whoever thinks that Espaillat will not run for Congress again is dreaming. If Rangel decides not to run for reelection, then Assemblyman Keith Wright will run and the strife between the two camps will be like Yogi Berra said deja vu all over again. Neither, Wright nor Espaillat, will step aside.

If Congressman Rangel retires before the end of his term and there is a special election, this will benefit Keith Wright. It seems that anyway you slice it, there will be fight again in the near future.

Another looming battle on the horizon is who supports whom for Manhattan borough president. The Northern Manhattan crowd is very cozy with Lower Manhattan Community Board Chair, Julie Menin. And, we all know that it is very likely that the Harlem leaders will most likely use all their forces to support Councilman Robert Jackson. So if Espaillat and his clique support Menin instead of Jackson, this could also revive the political enmity. Not long ago, Jackson had a public fight with Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez and Senator Espaillat over Columbia University, and the tension between them continues. District Leader Mark Levine, who was a friend of Jackson, switched sides and joined Espaillat, so this includes a taste of treason. At the end of the day, this peace agreement is nothing more than a political hoax.

Fumo Espaillat la pipa de la paz con Rangel? -

Roberto Perez | 10/17/2012 | El Diario

Parece que el senador estatal Adriano Espaillat ha hecho las paces con el congresista Charles Rangel y el asambleista Keith Wright, jefe del Partido Democrata de Manhattan.

Hace poco, en la fiesta de cumpleaños de Gabriela Rosa, parece que se olvidaron los rencores entre las fuerzas del Norte de Manhattan lideradas por el senador Espaillat y el grupito de Harlem que incluye al congresista Rangel, el asambleista Denny Farrell, el concejal Robert Jackson, la concejal Inez Dickens y el lider condal Keith Wright. Pero me gustaria recordarles a todos que en la politica, se perdona pero no se olvida. Por eso me parece que este supuesto tratado de paz que han forjado los dos bandos no es mas que una obra de teatro.

No nos olvidemos de que el senador Espaillat le dijo al congresista Rangel que no se iba a lanzar como candidato en su contra y luego lo hizo de todos modos. Asi que el que se crea que un guerrero veterano como el congresista Rangel va a dejar que lo pasado, pasado este, se equivoca de par en par. Tal vez actuen como si hubieran llegado a un armisticio de puertas para afuera pero todo indica que va a haber otra contienda politica por el escaño en el congreso en dos años.

El que piensa que Espaillat no se lanzara como candidato al Congreso de nuevo esta soñando. Si Rangel decide no lanzarse a reeleccion, entonces el asambleista Keith Wright lo hara y la contienda empezara de nuevo. Ninguno de los dos, ni Espaillat ni Wright, va a renunciar.

Si el congresista Rangel se jubila antes del termino de su gestion y hay una eleccion especial, esto beneficiara a Keith Wright. Todo parece indicar que lucharan de nuevo en un futuro cercano.

Otra contienda que se avecina es quien apoya a quien para presidente del condado de Manhattan. Los del Norte de Manhattan se han congraciado con la presidenta de la Junta Comunitaria del Bajo Manhattan, Julie Menin. Ademas, todos sabemos que es muy probable que los dirigentes de Harlem pongan todas sus fuerzas para apoyar al concejal Robert Jackson. Asi que si Espaillat y su grupito apoyan a Menin en vez de a Jackson, esto tambien podria reavivar la enemistad politica. No hace mucho, Jackson tuvo una pelea en publico con el concejal Ydanis Rodriguez y el senador Espaillat sobre Columbia University, y la tension entre ellos sigue. El lider distrital Mark Levine, quien antes era amigo de Jackson, se cambio de bando y se unio a Espaillat, asi que esto incluye un saborcito a traicion. Al fin del dia, este acuerdo de paz no es mas que teatro politico.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

One Person's Misfortune is Another Man's Treasure El Diario NY

Roberto Perez | 10/10/2012 | El Diario

The fall out from Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera's defeat in the Bronx, has had an impact as far as the South Side of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I mention this because the soap opera involving Rivera and her beau City Council candidate and Williamsburg resident Tommy Torres, was like a godsend to, Councilwoman Diana Reyna's chief of staff and 34th CD candidate, Antonio Reynoso.

The negative press Torres received because of his involvement with Rivera did nothing but help Reynoso's campaign. Now Reynoso has all sorts of dirt on Torres, if the campaign gets nasty, which will probably happen, as with most campaigns.

Another problem facing Torres are the rumors that State Senator Martin Dilan tried to get former Brooklyn Democratic Party Boss, Assemblyman Vito Lopez, to give Torres the party nod over District Leader Maritza Davila in the race to replace Reyna. Now that Lopez is no longer in charge and is more toxic than the Gowanus Canal, it will be interesting to see if the new chief in Brooklyn, Frank Seddio , supports Reynoso as a sign that he wants to change the way things are done in Brooklyn, or in other words, end the war that Lopez waged against Reyna.

The changing of the guard in the Brooklyn Democratic Party favors Reynoso. The changes in the party do not help the other candidate mentioned, Maritza Davila. Before Lopez fell, Davila was the favorite to be endorsed by the party. Now, after the groper gate scandal surrounding Lopez, we will have to see how she distances herself from him, whom many consider to be her political godfather, or if she stays loyal to him. Anyway, her association with Lopez gives Reynoso plenty of mud to sling Davila's way if he so chooses. So, the backdraft created by the Lopez fondling scandal and the implosion of Naomi Rivera, turned out to be a blessing for Antonio Reynoso.

The list of candidates for the 15th City Council District is taking shape. The 15th is currently represented by Councilman Joel Rivera. The names I hear being mentioned are District Leader Yudelka Tapia, Bronx Democratic Party Executive Director Ischia Bravo and Attorney Raquel Batista , the wildcard in this race is developer Radame Pérez , whose deep pockets make him a force to be reckoned with, so lets see if he throws his hat in the ring.

Moving on, I heard a rumor that the new President of 32BJ, Hector Figueroa, has been making phone calls on behalf of Councilwoman Melissa Mark Viverito. Figueroa who I hear supports the unity maps proposed by organizations such as Latino Justice. Wants to make sure that Viverito is protected, and he has supposedly made calls to Bronx Democratic Party Leader Assemblyman Carl Heastie, and Council Speaker Christine Quinn. The word is that Figueroa would like to see Viverito become the next speaker, and if she is vulnerable because of her new lines, then her chances of assuming the position become less likely.

Un regalo caído del cielo -

Un regalo caído del cielo -

Roberto Perez | 10/10/2012 | El Diario

Las consecuencias de la derrota de la asambleísta Naomi Rivera en El Bronx han llegado incluso a Los Sures en Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Lo menciono porque el drama que involucra a Rivera y su relación con Tommy Torres, candidato al Concejo Municipal y residente de Williamsburg, fue como un regalo caído del cielo para Antonio Reynoso, candidato para el distrito 34 y jefe de personal de la concejal Diana Reyna.

Los comentarios negativos de la prensa sobre Torres a causa de su relación con Rivera no hicieron sino ayudar a la campaña de Reynoso. Ahora Reynoso tiene toda clase de argumentos contra Torres si la campaña se torna negativa, lo que probablemente pasará, tal como sucede con la mayoría de las campañas.

Otro problema que enfrenta Torres son los rumores que corren por Brooklyn, que el senador estatal Martin Dilan trató que el antiguo jefe del Partido Demócrata de Brooklyn, el asambleísta Vito López, le diera el apoyo del partido a Torres en vez de a la líder distrital Maritza Dávila en la contienda para reemplazar a Reyna. Ahora que López ya no es el jefe y es más tóxico que el canal Gowanus, será interesante ver si el nuevo jefe de Brooklyn, Frank Seddio, apoya a Reynoso para indicar que quiere dejar la politiquería y cambiar la manera de operar en Brooklyn, o en otras palabras, terminar la guerra que le hizo López a la concejal Reyna.

Esto es algo más en favor de Reynoso: el cambio de guardia en el Partido Demócrata de Brooklyn. Los cambios en el partido no ayudan a la otra candidata mencionada, Maritza Dávila. Antes de que López cayera, Dávila era la favorita para ser refrendada por el partido. Ahora, después del escándalo sexual de López, tendremos que ver cómo ella se distancia de él –a quien muchos consideran como su padrino político– o si decide hacerlo. De todos modos, su asociación con López le da a Reynoso amplia cancha para vituperarla durante la campaña. Así que hasta ahora, uno de los ganadores del escándalo de manoseo de López y la implosión de Naomi Rivera, ha sido Antonio Reynoso.

La lista de candidatos para el distrito 15 del Concejo Municipal está tomando forma. Este es el distrito que el concejal Joel Rivera representa ahora. Los nombres que me han mencionado son la líder distrital Yudelka Tapia, el director ejecutivo del Partido Demócrata de El Bronx Ischia Bravo y la abogada Raquel Batista; el comodín es el promotor inmobiliario Radame Pérez, quien tiene las espaldas bien cubiertas, por lo que será alguien que hay que tener en cuenta.

Cambiando de tema, me enteré que el nuevo presidente del Sindicato 32BJ, Héctor Figueroa, apoya a la concejal Melissa Mark Viverito. También supe que Figueroa apoya los mapas Unity para redistribución de distritos propuestos por organizaciones como Latino Justice. Lo que se dice es que Figueroa está tratando de que Viverito esté protegida, y que ha llamado al asambleísta Carl Heastie, líder del Partido Demócrata en El Bronx y a la presidenta del Concejo Christine Quinn para abogar en su favor.

Monday, October 8, 2012

City & State RISING STARS: 40 UNDER 40

Host and Producer, The Perez Notes, and columnist, El Diario
Age: 35

Roberto Perez launched his media career by coming in through the back door—literally.

His friend brought him through WBAI Radio’s back door to visit the studio about five years ago. Perez liked what
he saw.

“My friend was José Rivera’s first chief of staff and took me under his wing,” Perez said. “I worked hard, earning my chops the hard way, getting dissed and everything. Most people said, ‘We don’t know who the hell you are, beat it.’ Some said yes.”

One of the first elected officials on his program was Hiram Monserrate. That was when Monserrate was going to take on then state Sen. John Sabini before Sabini cut a deal to
bow out.

“[Monserrate] prematurely announced he was getting endorsed by 1199, and Azi [Paybarah] picked up on it, calls Patrick Gaspard, and that created a few waves. That stands out,” Perez said.

Perez calls himself an “insurgent” journalist, because he gives a platform to Latinos in city and state politics. So far he has interviewed 400 people for his podcast.

He hopes to meet San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro one day, but says former Gov. David Paterson is still his best interview.

“We talked sports first because we’re both Mets fans,” he said. “He’s very witty and a lot of fun.”

If you were not working in politics, what would you be doing?
“I’m a big college basketball fan, especially the Kentucky Wildcats, so maybe writing and talking about college basketball.”

Five years from now, what will it say on your business card?
“Running the Latino version of El Huffington Post. Natch, we’ll rename it The Perez Notes.”

If you could have dinner with any person—living, historical or fictitious—who would it be, and why?
“Martin Luther King Jr. And César Chávez is joining us at the table.”

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Eric Ulrich on THE PEREZ NOTES

Development in Flushing Meadows Faces Community Resistance El Diario NY

Roberto Pérez | 10/03/2012 | El Diario

Apparently, the community is saying not so fast, when it comes to the MLS soccer stadium and the USTA expansion in Flushing Meadows Park. Recently there was a meeting in Corona, according to a source, nearly 600 people showed up to express their concerns about the new development.

On Monday there was a "town hall" style meeting in Jackson Heights on the future of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. I managed to go, and the room was packed. Councilman Danny Dromm and Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras were both present, but the other local elected officials sent staff members.

An overwhelming majority of the people at the event are against the soccer stadium and tennis center expansion, citing concerns about urban development such as traffic, noise and litter.

Here are several interesting dynamics. This political hot potato falls largely on the lap of Councilwoman Ferreras, because it is mostly a city issue, and I learned that one of the concerns of the councilwoman is that there has been very little community input in the process.

Some community members feel, that there have been several backroom deals made with developers and the community has been kept in the dark.

Another issue that an attendee mentioned to me in the forum is that the affordable housing portion of Willets Point project is being postponed, it seems that some of the benefits that the community expected from this project have not materialized.

Another thing that raised eyebrows is that Evan Stavisky, the son of state Sen. Toby Stavisky (whose district includes the Willets Point project), lobbied on behalf of real estate developer Related.

I'm also told that State Senator Jose Peralta is in favor of the whole plan, because it creates good-paying union jobs. Also, I think that Senator Peralta, who has his eye on the Queens Borough Presidency understands that he has to walk a tightrope between the community and developers. I'm sure Senator Peralta is aware of the drama that the Kingsbridge Armory fiasco created for Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

Assemblyman Francisco Moya, a well-known soccer fan, has done everything in his power to make sure the stadium is built. I imagine that he probably isn't too happy with the opposition, the groups organizing these meetings are creating, which could cause a backlash against the project.

Also there are rumors that Senator Stavisky and Assemblyman Mike Simanowitz are not too pleased with Moya taking center stage, because the stadium would be in their districts, and not in Moya's, and politicians tend to be quite territorial.

Someone else at the meeting, said that they would prefer to build the stadium in Willets Point and not Flushing Meadows. And among the many things discussed that night, is the USTA's poor job of community outreach when it comes to their expansion plans, the soccer leagues that play in the park are still smarting because they had to cancel their games during the days of the U.S. Open.

¿Quién gana y quién pierde con el estadio de Flushing? -

¿Quién gana y quién pierde con el estadio de Flushing? -

POR: Roberto Pérez | 10/03/2012 | El Diario

Al parecer, la comunidad quiere frenar el apuro con el estadio de fútbol de la MLS y la expansión de USTA en el parque Flushing Meadows. Hace poco hubo una reunión en Corona en la que, de acuerdo a una fuente, casi 600 personas se hicieron presentes para expresar sus preocupaciones por el nuevo desarrollo urbano.

El lunes hubo una reunión estilo "town hall" en Jackson Heights sobre el futuro del parque Flushing Meadows Corona. Me las arreglé para ir, y el salón estaba lleno a reventar. El concejal Danny Dromm y la concejal Julissa Ferreras estaban presentes, pero los otros funcionarios electos locales enviaron a miembros de su equipo.

Una abrumadora mayoría del público se mostró en contra del estadio de fútbol y la expansión del centro de tenis, y mencionó inquietudes relacionadas con el desarrollo urbano como el tráfico, el ruido y la basura.

Aquí existen varias dinámicas interesantes. Este asunto político candente le concierne directamente a la concejal Ferreras, porque es mayormente un asunto municipal, y me enteré que una de las preocupaciones de la concejal es que no ha habido mucha participación de la comunidad durante el proceso.

Algunos miembros de la comunidad sienten que se han hecho varios acuerdos tras bambalinas con los desarrolladores inmobiliarios y que a la comunidad en buena parte no se la ha tomado en cuenta.

Otro tema que un asistente mencionó en el foro es que supuestamente, la porción de vivienda asequible del proyecto en Willets Point se está posponiendo, por lo que parece que algunos de los beneficios que la comunidad logró en este proyecto no se concretarán en un futuro próximo.

Otro detalle que dio que hablar es que Evan Stavisky, el hijo de la senadora estatal Toby Stavisky (cuyo distrito incluye la urbanización en Willets Point), cabildeó a nombre del desarrollador inmobiliario Related para el proyecto en Willets Point.

También me contaron que parece que el senador estatal José Peralta está a favor de todo el plan, porque crea empleos sindicales bien remunerados. Además, creo que el senador Peralta –quien tiene el ojo puesto en el cargo de presidente del condado de Queens– entiende que tiene que caminar en la cuerda floja entre la comunidad y los desarrolladores inmobiliarios. Para la muestra, un botón: el drama que creó el fiasco de la Armería de Kingsbridge para el presidente de El Bronx, Rubén Díaz Jr.

El asambleísta Francisco Moya, un conocido fanático del fútbol, ha hecho mucha fuerza para que se construya el estadio. Me imagino que no está contento con la oposición de los grupos que organizan las reuniones, lo cual podría causar un revolú contra el proyecto.

También corren rumores de que a la senadora Stavisky y el asambleísta Mike Simanowitz esto no les complace, porque el estadio estaría en sus distritos pero no en el de Moya, y los políticos tienden a ser bastante territoriales.

Alguien más en la reunión mencionó que preferiría que se construyera el estadio en Willets Point y no en Flushing Meadows. Otro comentario que dio vueltas por ahí es que la USTA no se ha relacionado muy bien con la comunidad, y que las ligas de fútbol que juegan en las canchas del parque todavía se resienten porque les cancelaron sus partidos durante los días del US Open.