Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Williamsburg's Political Aims

Full-page announcements in Yiddish newspapers catering to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, list the complaints being laid at the doors of political representatives. The proclamation notes:

1. 75% of the streets in Williamsburg have bike lanes, which not only are dangerous but used by out-of-the-neighborhood bikers, not dressed in accordance with community modes of modesty;
2. Not enough parking spaces are allocated to Williamsburg;
3. Much needed affordable housing seems to have been relegated to the back burner;
4.Previous generations of chassidim were displaced, under eminent domain, for City Housing Projects, and promised a majority of those project apartments, which now are being allocated to the homeless and welfare recipients;
5. Real estate taxes in Williamsburg have risen a dramatic 35%, with condominiums being taxed as much as $10,000 per year; and
6. No one in government addresses the needs of the chassidishe community. Community organizations continue their aggressive campaign of having everyone eligible register to vote, and everyone qualified, to vote on Primary Day, September 9.

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