When they really come through with something fresh, we should give those success stories ample space as well. Last week, we told you how newly elected Councilwoman Liz Crowley has taken four months to open a district office. We wondered what could be taking the new councilwoman so long, and then used our overactive imaginations to speculate on the marble desktops, stainless steel appliances, and the Jacuzzi tub that has yet to arrive as possible reasons why she isn't up and running.
Well, this week, we thought Lizzy should get some rather bracket-busting attention for her work on a proposed high school in Maspeth. While we have seen the School Construction Authority, with their motherly representative Mary Leas, present (read: shove down their throats) new school plans to communities for over a decade, they hardly come to the meeting with the ability to answer the real questions asked by community leaders.
Not to mention the unionized PTAers, who view any person who is remotely concerned about a school's impact the same way they feel about that old witch who tried to eat those adorable little kids in that German fairy tale.
Well SCA finally got caught!
A while back, the SCA reneged on a promise made to Councilwoman Melinda Katz about zoning a school for local students. On Monday, Katz had the last laugh, as her committee was all set to hold a hearing on a new high school in Crowley's district, but at the last moment pulled it from the agenda.
Round #1 goes to Katz/Crowley. Word from Council insiders is that Liz is rounding up her democratic peers to hold back Council nod until the Department of Education, SCA, and other related agencies come to the table to give definitive answers.
She may not have an office, but that doesn't mean she isn't working. Liz, you will deserve that long soak in your new Jacuzzi tub once your office opens.