Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Mets March

As the Daily News reports this morning Councilman Hiram Monseratte and Councilman Tony Avella will be leading a candlelight march on Shea Stadium tonight. As the News says, "Hundreds of irate residents-including kids in Little League uniforms-will march to Shea today to demand the Mets become better corporate citizens."

As Monseratte told the paper, "The kids in our community deserve better from the Mets." Not everyone agrees, however. In this morning's Post editorial on the naming rights for the new ball park Monseratte is described as a "cheap chiseler" for his youth advocacy. The Post has nothing to say about the millions of dollars the Mets will be saving, at the expense of the tax payer, as a result of the unique financing arrangement the Mets negotiated with the city.

When a large corporation gets millions of dollars for its own financial benefit it is called "negotiation." When an elected official tries to get the same company to be more responsible it is termed "extortion." We guess it's really where you're sitting.