Peter J. Mahon
June 1st, 2017
Were all of you just as confused as I was when several weeks ago our City Council Speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito, just couldn't contain herself and had to fly down to Puerto Rico to personally greet and hug convicted terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera on the day he was released early under a commutation issued by (then) President Obama?
Of course, as far as Speaker Mark-Viverito is concerned, all of that is just "water off a duck's back" as her priority has always been been anchored to her dream of an independent Puerto Rico and not with the citizens of this city as their elected official or her obligation as a United States citizen.
State Sen. Ruben Diaz, a Democrat who is also from Puerto Rico, also has had harsh words for Mark-Viverito in the past. "She doesn’t care about America," said Diaz, who added that he believes Mark-Viverito is "a communist from Puerto Rico." Diaz’ comments came following a 2014 ceremony commemorating the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2011. Mark-Viverito was the only attendee who chose not to put her hand over her heart during the national anthem, which caught the eye of those who knew of Mark-Viverito’s history of refusing to recite the pledge of allegiance at the City Council and elsewhere. "She goes on sacred ground and disrespects America that way," said Diaz following the incident. "It’s disrespectful to the heroes, the fallen who died on 9/11, it’s disrespectful to the victims and families of 9/11."
Speaker Mark-Viverito will have to depart the City Council in 2017 due to term limits. All I can add to that is...thank God for term limits!
Broad Channel, why would anyone want to live anywhere else?