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To the editor:

In the last issue, I read your editorial account of the Community Board 2 vote on the proposed plans for Downtown Brooklyn. I was deeply disturbed at your overly personal and vitriolic attack on board member Rachel Foster. Not only were your remarks intentionally defamatory (i.e., calling for Ms. Foster’s resignation), much of what you reported was unsubstantiated.

You accuse Ms. Foster of “ducking” the vote because she “felt pressured” and “intimidated” by the protestors. You base this information on one anonymous source. One single, anonymous source does not good journalism make. If you and your reporters had engaged in standard, journalistic procedures of fact checking, you would have avoided such outlandish claims.

Having known Ms. Foster personally since our college days at Cornell University in the late 1980s, I can attest to her character. She is a person who is deeply committed to the social good. As a Legal Services attorney who has done her share of trial work, she is not one to “cower” in adversarial situations. A few protestors would certainly not have deterred her.

I strongly urge you to investigate this matter further and acknowledge in your next edition of The Brooklyn Papers that your pointed attack of Ms. Foster was simply unsubstantiated and unwarranted.

—Jeneve Brooks-Klinger, Manhattan

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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