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Finally, the itch that was Daniel Goldstein has been scratched and scratched out.

After almost seven years of flawed strategies, smear campaigns, stupid tactics, disingenuous rhetoric and total disregard for people who have lived in the Downtown Brooklyn community for years before he even thought about coming here; finally he got what he really wanted: a deal.

Not for the community he claimed to love so much, but for the only beneficiary of his community of one, himself, Double-Dealing Danny Goldstein.

How utterly despicable for him to be in the newspapers whining that he did not have enough time to move, and had nowhere to go, because he was being stiffed by the state and Forest City Ratner, when, low and behold, all the time, he was negotiating, not for the community, but for himself.

Well, good riddance and don’t let the door hit ya’ on the way out.

Low- and moderate-income people have had to wait years for housing while he obstructed the Atlantic Yards project that could have been well over half done by now. He never had to worry about housing so he didn’t care how long other people had to wait.

Behold, the Gentrifier. He has slandered and denigrated not only me, but my organization and my members, relentlessly. What benefit has he delivered to the community? None, except for his own pocket.

Well, the housing at Atlantic Yards will be built, and the day after he moves out, which I hope will be sooner rather than later, the building that he squatted in these past years should be razed to ground immediately, and salt poured into the soil, so that never again can the likes of one of the biggest shakedown artists in Brooklyn return.

We will still be here, we will still be fighting for the all the people that Danny spurned and used for his own enrichment.

We hope that now everyone in Brooklyn and New York can see him for what he really is and can see what his actions cost Brooklyn. I hope whatever he settled for was worth the pain and misery he caused to so many people who just wanted a decent place to live in Brooklyn and who just wanted a decent job and a place for their family.

Now that the flim-flam man is gone, they can finally see it on the horizon.

Bertha Lewis is chief executive officer of ACORN, a controversial nationwide community organizing group whose mission is “to organize a majority constituency of low- to moderate-income people across the United States.”

Updated 1:04 am, April 27, 2010
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Reasonable discourse

Darnell from Prospect Heights says:
Bertha Lewis is chief SCUM of Acorn. She is an embarrassment to working class people, organizing, advocacy and above all and embarrassment of grand proportions, to Acorn. Shame on her. Behold, the loud mouthed SIX figure salary, Mayor kissing, Ratner money taking, bottom feeder that is Bertha. Shame on her!
April 27, 2010, 12:19 am
Norman Oder says:
By virtue of the Atlantic Yards Housing Memorandum of Understanding, Lewis and ACORN are contractually obligated to publicly support the project.

Lewis and ACORN stand to earn millions of dollars in fees from managing the subsidized housing, of which perhaps 40% would be unaffordable to ACORN followers.

When ACORN was reeling from an internal embezzlement scandal--kept under wraps for nearly a decade and well before the prostitution "sting"--it lost support from some longtime funders. Forest City Ratner stepped in with a loan and grant worth $1.5 million.

Lewis is entitled to her opinion. But she's not entitled to be described without the key details noted above.
April 27, 2010, 6:12 am
Norman Oder says:
To be precise, Lewis herself doesn't stand to earn millions of dollars; that would go to ACORN.
April 27, 2010, 6:21 am
freddy from slope says:
dear bertha:

ha. ha. ha.

you have been bought and paid for thus eliminating yur right to criticize your master.

you represent an organization that so shocked the government by its loose standards and procedures that funding was cut to almost nothing from millions a year.

didn't they disband because of such practices?

you have supported a project that might get a couple of hundred apartments that your followers cant afford even if they were to be alive when they might come online in 25 years. you could take five people and build them from scratch faster.

you have called out someone with the perjorative of gentrifier when he bought into a neighborhood that was showing signs of life without a donation of land to a connected developer. and now a questionable russian billionaire. it also didnt require eminent domain to line the developer's pockets. he did none of the things YOU are contractually obligated to support.

despicable?

pot. kettle.
April 27, 2010, 8:19 am
karl the druid from prospect heights says:
the shameless bertha lewis

out of bullets

and throwing the gun

http://www.brooklynian.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=56852&sid=5057f5053db3f7922922d506d632b5ff#682956
April 27, 2010, 9:44 am
Eric McClure from Park Slope says:
It's illuminating to see that, given the chance to temper the nasty invective she hurled at Daniel Goldstein in a ranting email written last Wednesday, Bertha Lewis took advantage of the chance to cool down and...

...submitted the very same text. With "leadership" like this, it's no surprise that ACORN lies in ruins.
April 27, 2010, 11:12 am
Any Mouse from Any Where says:
Classic case of pot-kettle-black syndrome.
April 27, 2010, 1:30 pm
long time brooklyn resident from prospect heights says:
Wow. Such vitriol. Spew, spew, spew...
April 27, 2010, 2:55 pm
JudahSpechal from Bed-Stuy says:
Bertha Lewis is on point. From the get go Atlantic Yards was a case of Big Fish, who ate little fish gets eaten by Bigger Fish. Good riddence to Goldstein I hope in buys a villa in the mountain. Brooklyn certainly have enough character already. At least for a change you had a Community Group, decided to get something for the poor in the community, instead of marching & screaming about injustice.

You jokers would have adored her had she marshall the troops to march like it was 1965. The government wanted this project done & Goldstein and his fellow interlopers wasn't stopping that.

Thank god Bertha Lewis & groups recognised this early. DDDB didn't. They could have attacked this from a difference angle & helped the community.
Checked the homeless situation in Brooklyn lately? If only at least one of these affordable hosing building was up.
No, Daniel wanted to get his name in NYClore.

What a bunch of unfunny jokers you all are.
April 27, 2010, 11:55 pm
karl the druid from prospect heights says:
instead of wasting precious words

blaming others for her personal failings

mz. lewis should demand that plans

for low-income/affordable units

be made public immediately

to prove they actually exist

but can she bite the hand that feeds?
April 28, 2010, 9:46 am
Gill from Williamsburg says:
While Goldstein was holding out for his $3,000,000 payoff, hundreds of affordable housing apartments were not built as Atlantic Yards was stopped.

Where do you think those people ended up?

While Goldstein had his "principles" to keep him warm at night, these families had nothing.
April 28, 2010, 10:34 am
flat bush from ft. greene says:
bertha,
who wrote that diatribe for you? you are too dumb to express anger except to grunt
April 28, 2010, 5:51 pm
blewis from kensington says:
right, homeless people are going to get housing in Atlantic Yards.

it's funny, but Bertha did make a sound while Ratner warehoused well over one hundred units for 6 years.
April 29, 2010, 12:20 am
karl the druid from prospect heights says:
'Checked the homeless situation in Brooklyn lately? If only at least one of these affordable hosing building was up.'

judahspechal from bedstuy,

not a peep was heard from mz. lewis

when fcr shut our ph homeless family shelter on mlk day

seems your concern for the homeless

should be directed towards fcr

for not having a real plan for low-income housing
April 29, 2010, Noon
Barbara from Clinton Hill says:
Ms. Lewis seems more prejudiced than the person she is aiming for - questionable when one can be so blind to corruption, perhaps she just can't see it anymore as she is standing in the middle of it? Anyone with a degree of detachment could tell how this project was being handled by going to the so-called public meetings and seeing a spectacle of mockery instead of democracy; bullying techniques, people being shouted down, people being locked out, ETC, that is a fine way to solicit public opinion for a publicly financed project. It is fine to want and need public housing - it is not fine to condone corruption and then condemn the whistle-blower..seems a bit Machiavellian.
May 9, 2010, 2:43 am
Low Income Resident from Fort Greene says:
Wow! Bertha Lewis, you are proudly the pot calling the kettle black. I have lived in Fort Greene for over a decade, I am a "Low- and moderate-income" person waiting for an affordable home in the neighborhood since I can remember. Unfortunately, neither ACORN nor Forest Ratner have ever guaranteed me one, there is no proof now, nor since the beginning of the ATLANTIC YARDS PROJECT, that you can refer to as fact that this will be true. And for real, are you going to go after someone Like Mr. Goldstein, who promised nothing, just to represent someone more rich and powerful who promised more of nothing? Do you even understand the irony and hypocracy of your article? Or why Daniel Goldstein and his legal constitutional right to live where he lives as long as he wants to has NOTHING to do with obstructing me owning a home? Whose gonna protect your home Bertha, when the most elite and richest developers and banks decide for you, that your property is theirs to do what they want with. When you and Forest City Ratner are ready to offer me proof that you are providing me an affordable home in the foot print of any of the former removed home owners' homes, please show me the documents, I'll be there to sign the agreement and move in... but until then, believe me, you don't get to distinguish yourself from the so called garbage you claim is being removed from the neighborhood, just because it's being replaced with your and FCR's bull——. It still stinks foul, you get me?
May 10, 2010, 12:01 am
Daniel Peterson from abstract says:
Is this a professional reporting? I slight smear complain dismantles it's own position in the same manner described above. It is at the very least disheartening, too observe one smear leading to another. This is entirely inaccurate reporting due entirely too the report itself, not which critical truths or fallacious natures may exist within the story itself. As for the downtrodden,...do not sell them short, for they rise upon the Dawn of all moments.
May 7, 2012, 1:57 am
Daniel Peterson from abstract says:
Is this a professional reporting? I slight smear complain dismantles it's own position in the same manner described above. It is at the very least disheartening, too observe one smear leading to another. This is entirely inaccurate reporting due entirely too the report itself, not which critical truths or fallacious natures may exist within the story itself. As for the downtrodden,...do not sell them short, for they rise upon the Dawn of all moments.
May 7, 2012, 1:57 am
al from n ot there says:
Dont you people ever look beyond such a small place...?
Ever? To me sounds sad...really sad...just so into 4 blocks of what? Move out...move out of NY state...get a life...
Dec. 1, 2012, 4:31 pm

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