14, No. 14
12 - 25, 2001
By Jules Ira Rubenstein
We asked residents if they thought
the state and city should use public funds to help finance new stadiums
for the Mets and Yankees.
"I think it's unfair. They shouldn't use our taxpayers'
money. They got money. Why should the taxpayers pay for everything? We
already pay enough."
"I don't think they should pay for a
ballpark for the Yankees or the Mets. They use money for
other countries. They should do something for this country.
We need a ballpark. They should provide it for them."
"I feel they should help fund it. It's going to enhance the
city. The money that you get from the sports arena helps the city. I think that
George Steinbrenner does a lot for the city of New York and for poor people."
"I don't think the mayor, or anybody, should take funds for the
city to build a new ballpark. They can refurbish the parks, but not to build a
new stadium. It's useless. The money could go for the schools, which need it
more than a new ballpark."
"The money is really needed for more
schools, special programs for the children, a health care
center. They have the money and they should use the money to
pay for their own stadium. "
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