September 11 - 17, 2009
July 4, 2004 may be a day that will live in infamy in World Trade Center rebuilding history but it also representsthe pride and honor of Hauppauge, Long Island.On Independence Day ﬁve years ago, ofﬁcials unveileda 20-ton ceremonial cornerstone where the FreedomTower was supposed to be built. Then-Gov.
led the ceremony along with his New Jersey counterpart,
and Port Authority leaders.President
George W. Bush
was due to arrive in the citythe next month to be nominated for reelection and therewas speculation at the time of the ceremony’s ties to theRepublican National Convention. But Freedom Towerconstruction did not really begin then and the towerwas later redesigned for security reasons. In 2006, thecornerstone was in the way of the new design and it hadto hauled back to Hauppauge to be stored by InnovativeStone, which built it.
, the Innovative C.E.O., tells UnderCoverthat at ﬁrst she thought she’d be storing the stone until2012 when the tower had been expected to be complete,but she says the Port Authority later told the ﬁrm that theymay not ever want it back. Pearse decided to use the ﬁrm’sfront lawn to display the stone in a memorial garden, whichwill be unveiled this Friday, Sept. 11.The cornerstone was often mocked as a symbol of falserebuilding promises, but to Pearse it represents the uniﬁedspirit immediately after 9/11 and “absolute reverence forthe people who were lost.” It’s not “all about negativity andpolitics,” she added. Pearse was amazed how easy it wasto get three dozen or so Long Island businesses to donateservices and materials for the garden and ceremony.She said it’s possible island native
will performat the 8 a.m. public unveiling although the singer had notconﬁrmed by press time. For those who can’t make theceremony, she said a nighttime drive by the stone at 130Motor Parkway is worth a trip because of all of the lights.“It’s a real showstopper,” Pearse said.Pataki and Bloomberg declined her invitations, butGov.
is sending a representative to theceremony.
If you ever get endorsed by Councilmember
, you can count on her to ﬁght for every vote. Lappincame to Tribeca last week to endorse her colleague,
, and she also met another candidate in the race,
. Gregory happened by because he wasplaying with his daughter in Washington Market Park.Gregory thinks he and Gerson are the best two candidatesin the race and when Lappin saw how friendly the twoopponents were getting along, she reminded Gregory thatno one would ever know what Gregory did “in the privacyof the voting booth.” Gregory assured her he was a solidGregory vote.
A video clip beginning to circulate on YouTube showsDemocratic District Leader
— a big supporterof Councilmember Alan Gerson — ripping down campaignposters belonging to Gerson challenger
. Recksays he took them down because they were illegal.A Gleason volunteer used his cell phone to captureReck tearing down the signs. In the 27-second video, Reckrealizes he’s being taped and strides angrily over to theGleason volunteer and shouts insults about Gleason.Reck said Wednesday that he had not seen the video(curious UnderCover readers can go to YouTube.com andsearch “David Reck” to ﬁnd the clip). Reck said campaignsigns are not allowed to be on lampposts. He is particularlyangry at Gleason because Gleason subpoenaed him duringa legal battle earlier this summer over Gerson’s petitionsignatures.Gleason said candidates throughout the city put ﬂyerson lampposts. He did not deny that it was illegal, but hesaid Reck does not work for the city and should not beenforcing the law.
Speaking of the Council race, this week we asked eachof the candidates a hypothetical question that could becomevery real for the winner.Among the councilmember’s duties will berecommending community board members, and many of those board members have been strong advocates for aCouncil candidate. What we asked is: Should the futurecouncilmember decide not to reappoint someone whosupported a different candidate, would the councilmemberdisclose the reason?As long as the un-reappointed community board memberwas okay with the reason being disclosed, all ﬁve candidatessaid yes, they would make the reason public. Don’t worry,we’ll hold them to their word.
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The upcoming week’s schedule of CommunityBoard 1 committee meetings is below. Unlessotherwise noted, all committee meetings are heldat the board ofﬁce, located at 49-51 Chambers St.,room 709 at 6 p.m.
ON THURS., SEPT. 10:
The LandmarksCommittee will meet.
ON MON., SEPT. 14:
The WTC RedevelopmentCommittee will meet at 250 Broadway, in the AssemblyHearing Room, on the 19th ﬂoor, at 6 p.m.
ON TUES., SEPT. 15:
The Youth and EducationCommittee will meet at 250 Broadway, in the AssemblyHearing Room, on the 19th ﬂoor, at 6 p.m.
ON THURS., SEPT. 17:
The Quality of LifeCommittee will meet.
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