2001-09-08 / Columnists

On The Beach… With Beverly Baxter

  Hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day holiday. This column comes to you from lovely Hyannis on beautiful Cape Cod. The Cape is truly a magical and tranquil place to revive, rejuvenate, and to simply get away from it all. It is no wonder that the Kennedy’s and the late President John Kennedy chose this seaside New England hamlet as their place of refuge in despair as well as their place for many happy times. It was such a uniquely profound feeling to walk the same beaches and streets as our President once had.

It was equally somber to sail in and navigate the same waters, as had the Kennedy’s in their youth. In fact, we even sailed alongside Robert Kennedy's son Max who was aboard his boat with his young son. If you've never done so, I highly recommend a visit to the cape. There, you will feel very much at home.

Now it’s back to local politics and this historic race for the City Council. This is the first time in New York City's history when term-limited politicians must leave. We also have an opportunity to elect "one of our own" from Rockaway to represent us and our interests in the City Council. The "courtship" is over; and on Tuesday September 11, many of us will vote in the Primary. Although there is much to like and admire about each of the "Fab four" Democrats, I can only urge my fellow neighbors to vote for a Rockaway candidate.

Both Joe Addabbo and John Seminerio are gentlemen; however, neither is from Rockaway and I feel that our interests can be best expressed by a candidate who will have our interests at heart. Both Lew Simon and Chris Jorge did very well in the debates and each have a roster of accomplishments to boast. Chris surprised many, including myself, with her intricate grasp of the issues and her ability to hold her own place on the ballot despite efforts by Lew to throw her off. That's politics; and like any competitive "sport", the goal is to win. Say what you will about Lew's braggadocio, he, too, has a record to stand on; however, he swells the truth. I've never met anyone who wants so much to be somebody in politics. Whomever, you choose, make it a vote for Rockaway.

Dr. and Mrs. Morton Nussbaum were hosts to mainland Conservative Democratic Candidate John Seminerio at their home in Belle Harbor recently. The main topics discussed were the revitalization of our local shopping centers, school construction, police issues, and beach erosion. John
Seminerio's Platform includes: An increase to the community policing program, construction of new school facilities to reduce classroom size, better incentives for quality teaching performance, and accountability for city services delivered to our community. Dr. Nussbaum is proud to endorse John Seminerio for the City Council. Having met Mr. Seminerio, I, too, was impressed with him; but again, I urge primary voters to vote Rockaway!

"People think I give 'em hell. I just give them the truth...and they think its hell"! So says a determined John Baxter who is engaged in a Primary with Joann Ariola for the Independence line. John Baxter is the Independence Party District Leader. He is fully endorsed by the state and county committees; and although he has invited Joann Ariola to debate him on the issues, she has not replied. John wonders if her lack of response is indicative of her behavior in the city council.
   In his determination to elect a candidate who is from Rockaway, John Baxter made a public pledge at the debate hosted by Saint Thomas Moore Parish, that if he should lose the primary and the Independence Party Line to Ms. Ariola, he would fully give his support to either Chris Jorge or Lew Simon. Stating, "It's time to put Community above Party, Baxter received a rousing applause. Since neither of the "Fab Four" would commit to supporting the winner of their primary, many stated after the debate that they were impressed with Baxter's fierce commitment to a Rockaway candidate and his sense of what is truly at stake in this important election.
   Vote Rockaway, folks! See you...at the polls!

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