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The following is a letter to the Editor printed in the Weehawken Reporter by Weehawken Resident Anne Marie Cloutier

Turner's vision obstructed Sept. 26, 1999

Dear Editor:

While I am appalled at Mayor Turner's self-chosen position as advocate of Roseland Properties and adversary of the Weehawken townspeople whose interests he's sworn to uphold, I can't help but admire his abilities as a tactician.

One clear demonstration of that talent--and of his political loyalties--was his refusal to allow the Friends of the Weehawken Waterfront an Information Table on Weehawken Day. In so doing, he not only denied us our Constitutional right to free speech as guaranteed under the First Amendment, he also effectively deprived Weehawken citizens of an opportunity to learn more about the FWW and our proposed ideas for an alternative waterfront development plan that could, incidentally, generate as much, if not more, profit for Roseland as their original development plan.

Unlike their plan, however, ours would preserve our treasured riverfront view, would be more in keeping with the architectural scale and character of the town, and would insure public access so that the waterfront would be enjoyed by all.In other words, we're seeking a vibrant, attractive, and intelligently-planned waterfront we can actually be proud of (instead of one we despair of).

The public has a right to know that there are alternatives to the catastrophic architectural vision that the Mayor, Developers, & Co. are trying to push through against our will. Apparently, the Mayor is of the opinion that Roseland Properties, rather than Weehawken's citizens, have the right to determine what becomes of our town.

As for the Weehawken Day skirmish between Mayor vs. FWW:   Hizzoner has explained that he couldn't allow representation by a group that is bringing legal proceedings against him and the town (which is exactly what the FWW is doing in order to combat the present development plan).

But really, Mister Mayor, can you blame us? If you won't represent the interests and rights of the people, what other recourse do we have than to turn to the courts?

Anne Marie Cloutier
(Member of the Friends of
the Weehawken Waterfront)

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