New Yorkers deserve better than to have a terror sympathizer such as new Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito on the public payroll.
The city’s second-most important official has made headlines for a laundry list of breaches, including undeclared rental income, and professing a kinship with the 99 percent while being an elitist one-percenter who worked the system to snag herself subsidized housing before inheriting a personal fortune. But Mark-Viverito’s most startling abuse is her unrepentant allegiance to remorseless revolutionaries with American blood on their hands.
In Dec. 2010, she called upon her colleagues in the Council to support the parole hearing of Oscar Lopez Rivera, a fellow Puerto Rican serving a 70-year sentence for plotting to overthrow the U.S. government with the Armed Forces of National Liberation, a guerilla group whose radicals used violence to push for an independent island nation.
Lopez Rivera, who was denied the parole, painted himself a “valiant freedom fighter” while prosecutors claimed he and his cohorts were “terrorists who operated without conscience.”
One of their group’s notorious attacks was the lunchtime bombing of historic Fraunces Tavern in Manhattan on Jan. 24, 1975 that killed four Americans: Harold H. Sherburne, 66, who had worked on Wall Street for 40 years; Frank Connor, 33, an assistant vice president at Morgan Guaranty Trust; and Alejandro Berger, 28, a representative for a Philadelphia-based chemical company attending a business meeting.
Firefighters on the scene recalled the “utter havoc,” of the business executives and Wall Streeters covered with blood and dust, and the agony of people convulsing in the streets, screaming under hunks of rubble, and roaming about stunned.
The Armed Forces of National Liberation claimed responsibility for the demonic assault. It was one of 119 acts of terrorism — 66 of them in New York City — by a group responsible for the largest number of attacks in the U.S. between 1970 and 2011, states the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Its other bombings were fast and furious, targeting Newark, Miami, Chicago, and Washington, at times with an allied group called the Macheteros — or machete-wielders — that launched coordinated attacks in Puerto Rico.
Speaker Mark-Viverito has a damning strike against her for valuing the rights of terrorists over those of Americans, and Mayor DeBlasio’s unethical push for her election to advance his own agenda marks a troubling period for New Yorkers who do not want public servants kowtowing to our sworn enemies.