Stasi Sounds Good
Thanks so much to The Wave for sponsoring Tuesday's forum. I was particularly and pleasantly surprised by Anthony Stasi.
In response to specific questions from the "McLoughlin Group" about the Rockaways, I thought most candidate responses were pretty much about mandates, further research needed and apportionments. I heard a lot about rebuilding in the Sutphin to Parsons boulevard tier of Queens, but not much about the acres of vacant land in Far Rockaway (amidst a historic building boom across America). I heard a lot about ferry service (hey, that's really going to help) and a new Rockaway line (yeah, sure, the city's going to build a new subway line for the Rockaways), but not much about better 'A' line service. I heard a lot about smaller classrooms (well, that should relieve overcrowding in the district), but not much about school competition.
Stasi's comments, I thought, were a little different. Whereas others talked about "us versus them" he seemed to say, "Let's work together with the city" and "stop complaining." Whereas others talked about pie-in-the-sky dreams (Technodome and new subway lines), he talked about step-by-step improvements, learning from the successes of Long Beach and partnering. I was shocked...here's a guy who seems to have some common sense.
Unfortunately, I just don't see how he'll win. First, he's a Republican amidst liberal Democrat voters and, second, he offers no platitudes (be all you can be!) only common sense suggestions.
Anyway, thanks again so much for sponsoring the forum. I thought it was very revealing...
PETER J. STUBBEN