Retired widower Steve Herbik and his 23-year old daughter Brittany launched an uphill fight to save their suburban Ohio park from a development plan supported by a Democrat-led city council, a Democratic mayor from a prominent local political family, a major construction company, and the local press.
Herbik lives in Brooklyn, Ohio, a stone’s throw from Cleveland city limits. He describes Brooklyn as a “small community” with a prized local venue called Memorial Park, which features bucks, turkey, and other wildlife. But the park was threatened by an initiative called Issue 3, which would have allowed the Geis family’s Geis Construction company to build over the park.
“I was told by a neighbor who came over and said, they’re putting something on the ballot. They want to tear up our park,” Herbik told Big League Politics. “They gave me a little zoning change ordinance in the mail.”
“I went to City Hall, got the ordinance…I started realizing that there were a lot of things in that ordinance. They could take away 92 percent of the park, put in offices and condominiums, and basically pave over the whole park,” Herbik said. “I went to all the city presentations, where they’re putting drawings and plans for what the park could be. Every artist rendering was different. It was a complete snow job and I decided I wasn’t going to let that happen.” Herbik said the estimated cost range for the project was $240 million and that the city would have had to take out “tens of millions in loans just to get the project started.”
So who joined his effort to save the park? Herbik said: “It was just me and my daughter.”
“I was off on a crusade for the truth, going to planning and steering meetings. Then I had city council meetings. They were all trying to get me to slow down and be quiet,” Herbik said, noting that he “took a lot of abuse.”
“The economic director insulted me half a dozen times in public meetings,” he said, adding that the local press was “one-sided toward the mayor,” Democrat Katie Gallagher.
“In the last eight days we did 33 miles of door-to-door knocking. The vast majority of the people we talked to had no idea about it, and we saved the park.”
Herbik drove around to all the precincts Tuesday night and reported the results exclusively to Big League Politics: 634 votes in favor of the development plan, and 1,152 votes against.
Herbik said Mayor Gallagher Facebook-posted her disappointment that the city lost $10,000 on planning the development, and also deleted a Facebook comment pre-emptively slamming Herbik for accusing her of paying off election officials.
Cleveland Tea Party co-founder Ralph King was involved in the effort to save the park, and said that the victory inspired him more than anything he’s recently seen in politics.
“I’ve been completely engrossed in this,” King told Big League Politics on election night. “They [Herbik and friends] spent probably about three hundred dollars and it’s looking like we won.”
“This is where my heart has been at since the beginning of the tea party. It goes on right here in your own backyards, when we’re watching the frontdoors,” King said, noting that America First policies have to be pushed for by citizens at the local level, and not by political interests.
“If you can’t put 20 people in a council room there’s no way in Hell you could organize a congressional race,” King said.
Cuomo #MeToo Hoax Distracts From Real COVID-19 Nursing Home Deaths Scandal
This is the old bait and switch.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is in the process of getting #metoo’d, and it may be the best thing that has ever happened to him.
Before a bunch of female accusers came out with accusations of impropriety in a seemingly coordinated fashion, Cuomo was under fire for his murderous policies of housing COVID-19 patients in nursing homes with the elderly, vulnerable and infirmed.
Big League Politics has reported on the Cuomo genocide in New York as the scandal has unfolded:
The New York Post reported that a Cuomo aide admitted as such as Democratic New York state legislators on Thursday. Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa admitted that resarch related to the nursing home policy was spiked directly in response to criticism of the policy on the part of President Donald Trump.
“He starts tweeting that we killed everyone in nursing homes,” DeRosa said of Trump, referencing presidential tweets questioning the nursing home policy in August. “He starts going after [New Jersey Gov. Phil] Murphy, starts going after [California Gov. Gavin] Newsom, starts going after [Michigan Gov.] Gretchen Whitmer.”
“Then we were in a position where we weren’t sure if what we were going to give to the Department of Justice, or what we give to you guys, what we start saying, was going to be used against us while we weren’t sure if there was going to be an investigation.”
A Queens Democrat assemblyman described DeRosa’s remarks as no less than revealing an attempt to avert federal scrutiny, preventing New York’s policy makers from learning of the deadly ramifications of the nursing home policy in the process.
“[it’s] like they admitted that they were trying to dodge having any incriminating evidence that might put the administration or the [Health Department] in further trouble with the Department of Justice,” said Ron Kim.
It’s all but impossible the Department of Justice will investigate the nursing home policy now that Joe Biden is President. Some have speculated that the policy cost New York as many as 10,000 lives, nearly half the deaths in the state with the most COVID-19 deaths in the nation.
After this scandal broke, these women – in fashion similar to Brett Kavanaugh and other #metoo hoaxes – emerged at the same time to get the focus off of Cuomo’s killings and put it onto his alleged sexual lasciviousness. This is very convenient, and those other Democrat governors who implemented similar policies may be breathing a sigh of relief as a result.
Commentators on the Left and Right have commented on the breathtaking idiocy of this entire media-contrived crisis:
In moronic Globalist American Empire the only hope we have of bringing war criminals, Wall Street crooks, and covid tyrants to justice is finding a former Secretary accuse them of giving the wrong compliment 15 years ago https://t.co/bx7uOIiWrc
— Darren J. Beattie 🌐 (@DarrenJBeattie) March 7, 2021
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