Tony Avella has some explaining to do.
An open letter to all civic organizations regarding Senator Tony Avella from the Welcome to Whitestone Civic:
An Open Letter To Our Fellow Neighborhood Civic Organizations
Wednesday, May 16th, 2012
I know it is certainly no secret that civic service is my passion. A passion that I am honored to share with so many of my wonderful neighbors and friends.
Since our civic group’s formation, over two years ago, I’ve shared in the pleasure of working in volunteerism with our neighbors, fellow civic leaders, elected colleagues in government and numerous city agencies. In this time, we have been able to accomplish so much — from the replacement of our namesake, the “Welcome To Whitestone” sign at the corner of Francis Lewis Boulevard and the Cross Island Parkway, to graffiti clean-ups and our numerous community events and fundraisers for vital community service organizations such as Whitestone Volunteer Ambulance and St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children.
Welcome To Whitestone’s regular community meetings provide an open environment for everyone. This is why I was particularly shocked to learn that our State Senator Tony Avella will be a holding a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, May 17th, 2012, without our organization. Needless to say, this is just a silly political jab by Senator Avella but we will not stand to be stepped on. Our membership knows how truly valuable civic service is, and after sharing this, I’ve been inundated with calls and letters, calling on Welcome To Whitestone to stand up to Tony Avella, once and for all!
To Senator Avella, I remind you of the old Chinese proverb, “Those who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt the person doing it”. A deliberate attempt to undermine our service, by excluding our membership from your Town Hall is petty!
Now, we need to band together as a united community, to tell Senator Avella he was not elected to persecute his community. I call on all of you to boycott a Town Hall that would exclude any part of this community. Let’s send a clear message to Senator Avella: it’s time to put an end to this behavior!
Devon O’Connor, President
The Welcome To Whitestone Commercial and Residential Civic Association