Queens lost a huge figure yesterday as Forest Hills resident David Oats died this week. He worked his entire life to benefit the public, but it's his constant fighting for Flushing Meadows Corona Park that most will know him by.
Mr. Oats always challenged City Hall and its hypocrisy of banning cars from Central Park while allowing them on FMCP fields during the US Open. That, and about a thousand other causes that benefited you and me, are just a small legacy of what Mr. Oats leaves behind. On a selfish note, I really wanted him to succeed Helen Marshall as borough president so this is particularly sad.
Rest in peace, David. Thank you for everything.
More here. http://www.newsday.com/news/local/newyork/ny-nyoats095571816feb10,0,3096404.story
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