John Quaglione do politicians start out as good people who want to help the community or are they just people who are looking to use the system for their own benefit?
Last Spring, freight trucks started using our residential block regularly instead of the streets which were designed to handle the weight of these trucks. The foundations on our 1950’s built Bay Ridge homes are cracking because they can’t handle that amount of vibration. My neighbors told me there were signs at the end of the street that deterred that type of traffic, but they have since been removed. I contacted 311 and the following day the call was closed (the reason: there are no signs there…..311 isn’t always effective). I wrote to Marty Golden’s Office and explained the issue and asked for help to get the signs restored.
Initially communication from John Quaglione at Golden’s office was good. Here’s his e-mail to me:
Edit : I responded with the info about our block that day and Quaglione responded back:
In September 2012, I wrote to Quaglione asking for an update. I received this as a response:
I DIDN’T HEAR FROM JOHN QUAGLIONE AGAIN.
In November after his election win, I sent this tweet to Golden:
And I receive no communication from anyone at Golden’s office from November to March. I realize now that Quaglione is probably the one answering Golden’s tweets and that is why the promise of a follow up is mentioned, but nothing happens. Afterall, Marty is experienced enough to know not to write/publish something he had no intention of following up 0n.
As I learned over this last week, Marty Golden’s office worker tells other people they will follow up – maybe they think saying “I will follow up” keeps people quiet for awhile. This guy’s question seems easy enough to answer – just call for the MTA log. See here
On February 28th, the Brooklyn Paper captured John Quaglione’s twitter rant about his garbage not being picked up. Quaglione is a fingerpointer, but it’s just a smokescreen to hide the fact that he isn’t doing his job. I went on Twitter and let Quaglione know that his recent outburst on Twitter wasn’t acceptable because he hasn’t responded to my problem from months ago:
Quaglione doesn’t even know who he is talking to on twitter. I don’t live in Gravesend and I don’t have a sanitation problem. I live in Bay Ridge. There is obviously some other unhappy citizen in Gravesend who isn’t getting the help they need and Quaglione thinks I am her (thankfully I am not or else everyone would know where I live because Quaglione announced it on Twitter). JERK.
Quaglione doesn’t know what the heck I am talking about and doesn’t respond to my problem so I sent another e-mail to Senator Golden’s office. Golden’s office admin, Ray Riley responded with a generic e-mail that they would follow up. Then I received this tweet on Twitter:
He calls his co-worker Ray Riley “a member of Golden’s staff”??
At this point John Quaglione knows he has dropped the ball. He doesn’t apologize on Twitter or in e-mail because he is a professional politician. Recently, John Quaglione was asked why he would be right person for the councilman position. Quaglione claimed he is the person for the city council job because he is an average person. An average person would have apologized because they would have realized their lack of responsibility has caused not only a lack of progress, but also frustration since he is wasting my time.
John Quaglione and his wife became home owners in the area a few months ago. If Mrs. Quaglione had the same complaint about her home that we do, she would be just as annoyed as we are to not receive any communication about the problem AFTER EIGHT MONTHS. Heck, John Quaglione had a twitter tantrum when his garbage/recycling was picked up a day late. He is a typical politician who forgets he holds a paid position and has a responsibility to do a job. Quaglione acts like he is a volunteer at Golden’s office who is doing me a favor. John Quaglione should be embarrassed to be seeking a higher position when he can’t handle the position he has now.
Golden also doesn’t follow up or contact me even though he promises to follow up. Notice the trend? Quaglione deleted my Facebook post from the page (it’s fine for him to delete his own posts (as reported in the news), but when he deletes other people’s posts because he wants to hide the truth, it’s called CENSORSHIP). SOCIAL MEDIA FAIL – Quaglione thinks that social media is a place to share all the pictures he takes of Golden shaking hands with people instead of a place for citizens to contact their representatives about problems in the community. Hint for ya John: Listening is actually an antidote for arrogance. I think Quaglione and others at the Senator’s office could benefit from that.
In the following days, I did not hear from Golden, but I received another generic e-mail from Ray Riley again promising they would follow up. YEP WE’VE HEARD THAT BEFORE.
The way these representatives talk carried this problem over 8 months, you would think we were asking them to do something equivalent of rocket science. We’re talking about having two signs installed on a street corner.
I talked to many people in Bay Ridge and they said this is the reason they don’t call Golden’s office for help. My neighbors knew Golden wouldn’t help – that’s why they didn’t contact him themselves. They see Golden as someone who likes to pose for pictures but not as somene who wants to help them.
Although people in my neighborhood feel let down by our ineffective politicians, I still believe there has to be some politicians who want to help people. I contacted Public Advocate, Bill de Blasio.
It’s crazy that I had to go to the New York City Public Advocate to get help with a very simple problem. Senator Golden and John Quaglione failed in following up and communicating, but de Blasio’s office has had excellent communication with me over the past few days. Hopefully. we will hear word that the signs are being installed soon.
EDIT: 3/12/13: John Quaglione tweeted this:
Quaglione believes that he is the solution EVEN AFTER EIGHT MONTHS OF NOT FOLLOWING UP WITH MY PROBLEM? Yeah ok.