Friday, November 21, 2008
By MICHAEL SCHENKLER
Last week, Hiram Monserrate was the man of the hour.
He set the standard by which City Council members will be judged in having input over redevelopment projects in their districts.
Championing low income and affordable housing, the rights of property owners, Monserrate stood up to the Mayor and his high-power Willets Point redevelopment effort, his Queens front headed by Claire Shulman, and prevailed over what appeared to be an unyielding City Hall onslaught.
For months, they painted Monserrate as the renegade, the self-serving politico who was preventing Willets Point, the blighted area north of Shea Stadium dominated by junkyards and chop shops, from becoming a true neighborhood and contributing to the local economy.
Read the full article at the Queens Tribune.