I read with amusement the ludicrous letter from Dr. Goldman, in which he asks us to imagine what it would be like if "Mayor Turner and his planning board" decided to make Boulevard East one lane going south. If this was Dr. Goldman's attempt to justify his group's filing a lawsuit to block construction of waterfront brownstones because he and his group "Friends of the Weehawken Waterfront" don't like the inclusion of a road, may I remind him that it was negotiated with help from his organization?
Fortunately, we don't have to imagine the accomplishments of Mayor Turner and the Township Council. For the past dozen or so years, under Mayor Turner and company we have seen a dramatic decline in the crime rate. We enjoy a stable tax rate. Property values have soared. We have a new library and a refurbished stadium. Our recreation program is second to none.
We have new senior citizens' housing, a nutrition program and a host of activities for our elders. We have a top-notch ambulance squad. We have regionalized our fire department to improve its capabilities and save taxpayers money at the same time. Boulevard East has been revitalized. Our schools have improved dramatically. We have the cleanest streets around and snow removal is prompt and efficient. We have one of the best recycling programs in the state.
We have seen trees planted and pruned all over town. We have a "Quality of Life" police squad. We have drug and alcohol abuse educational programs for our youth. And we have a program to provide some 200 parking spaces for residents.
So, Dr. Goldman, please accept the above as a dose of reality. Mayor Turner and company has never done anything to hurt this town. We are fortunate to be in such caring hands. Our township council doesn't imagine things, they do things and it's all good.
The things the township is doing on the waterfront are also good. But, it would be even better, Dr. Goldman, if your group would drop its latest lawsuit so that we could have more open space instead of less.