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Peter Koo's response to Mel Siegel

Peter Koo's response to Mel Siegel

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Peter Koo responds to Broadway-Flushing Homeowners' Association President Mel Siegel
Peter Koo responds to Broadway-Flushing Homeowners' Association President Mel Siegel

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Published by: queenscrapper on Dec 24, 2011
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Mel SiegelPresidentBroadway-Flushing Homeowners AssociationP.O. BOX 580031Flushing, NY 11358-0031December 22, 2011Dear Mr. Siegel,Thank you for your letter regarding your concern about a story that ran on Wednesday, November 30,2011 on Fox 5 News. As my Chief of Staff James McClelland explained to you over the phone, thereporter Ashley Mastronardi did not inform our office that the story was about the landmark historicdistrict status being fought for by the Broadway-Flushing Homeowners Association (BFHA). The storywas presented to my office as a general approach to preservation and development and no mention wasmade of the
BFHA’s participation.
Although the BFHA is not in my district, I continue to offer my assistance to my colleagues SenatorTony Avella, Assemblyman Rory Lancman and Councilman Dan Halloran to help achieve landmark historic district status for your area. Additionally, I applaud and support the Broadway-FlushingHomeowners Association
’s
herculean efforts to protect your neighborhood from development andpreserve the esthetic beauty of the Broadway-Flushing community. As you are aware, I voted twice as aCommunity Board 7 member to support the creation of a Broadway-Flushing New York City HistoricDistrict. As a Councilman from Queens, I understand the importance of protecting our residentialneighborhoods and was proud to be an ardent supporter for the approved Auburndale down-zoning toprotect one and two family homes.As you are aware, the statements that were reported were a small portion of a much larger conversationand therefore I share your frustration with the televised story. My Chief of Staff did make the comments
“….it’s tough to legislate good taste or what you think is good taste…” and “they bought the house, they paid the mortgage and unless it’s
, you know, mandated by some kind of city code, they should be able todo
what they want.” However, they did not include his
other in-depth statements about balancingdevelopment with the preservation of residential neighbors in the borough of Queens. Mr. McClellandnever
said he was “against turning the neighborhood into a historical district because development isinevitable and good for the community.”
More importantly, no comments were made regarding theBroadway-
Flushing Homeowner’s Association’s desire to have the
ir neighborhood designated as ahistoric district.
As Queens residents, we know firsthand that our borough does not get equal consideration from theLandmarks Preservation Commission. There are over one hundred historic districts in New York Cityand only a fraction is here in Queens. I am proud that here in Flushing we have historical treasures such

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