As the mother of Paul M. Gregory, son of the late Anthony M. Gregory, formerly of the Corporation Counsel's office, I am outraged with the behavior of Common Council President James Pitts at the Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency meeting of Sept. 23.
Pitts, in a violent outburst, referred to my son as a "crook" and threatened him with physical bodily harm. This was prompted by nothing more than Paul's presentation of a project that has the potential to bring residential apartments to downtown.
My son is a bright young attorney and businessman, whose integrity, creativity and passion for moving this city forward should not be slandered by the likes of Pitts.
Paul and his five siblings were raised in a home that stressed the importance of Christian principles. Anyone who knows Paul finds him to be exemplary in every respect.
After graduating from Canisius High School, where he was honored for his outstanding academic and athletic achievements, he attended the University of Rochester, where his hard work and natural ability culminated in him receiving top honors.
He continued on to earn his doctorate of law and masters in business from Duke University, graduating top in his class and being named a Fuqua Scholar.
He then practiced law in West Palm Beach, Fla., where he specialized in commercial and residential development throughout Europe and the United States. Upon his return to Buffalo in 1995, Paul joined Ellicott Development Co. as vice president of development.
His experience and contribution to this city should be welcomed. Instead it is met with Pitts' personal, malicious and unfounded attacks. His outrageous behavior not only stifles citizen participation, but also unnecessarily hurts the individuals and their families that take an interest in this city.
I believe Pitts owes Paul and his family an apology.
JOAN V. GREGORY