Thursday, April 30, 2009

Tony Avella: A true politician for the people!

From Tony Avella for Mayor:

Tony has also been fighting to save the small business community at Willets Point, which is threatened with displacement.

Tony believes that what’s happening at Willets point is just one of many examples of how Mayor Bloomberg continues to use Eminent Domain to take away land from middle- and working-class New Yorkers in pursuit of his goals of high-rise luxury condos and new office buildings.

He is asking communities to stand with him in sending a message to Mike Bloomberg that New York City is not for sale.

“It is completely unacceptable for Mike Bloomberg to call these Willets Point businesses ‘blighted’ and then move them to another community,” he said.

Tony believes this is truly a moment in our city’s economic history when we need jobs for working people that are not dependent on Wall Street. He believes the city should recognize and preserve Willets Point as a small business incubator.

It's all true. Tony Avella and Charles Barron were the only 2 council members to vote against eminent domain abuse and for the business and property owners of Willets Point on November 13, 2008. Avella also has been supportive of our efforts since then. The video shows him with us at our Cleanup Day on March 27, 2009.