2003-10-31 / Editorial/Opinion

The Wave Endorsements For The November 4 Election

The Wave Endorsements For The November 4 Election

The Wave takes the endorsement process very seriously. The editorial board of the paper has now interviewed all of the major candidates and has researched the one ballot amendment and four ballot proposals thoroughly. Here are our recommendations.

For City Council in the 31 Councilmanic District, James Sanders, Jr. Sanders has done a good job for his constituents on the eastern end of the peninsula, sitting as the chair of the vital Economic Development Corporation and insuring that funds would be available for Rockaway causes. Sanders has been excoriated of late for his absenteeism and for his failure to take a stand on the Beach Channel High School controversy. After investigation, we found that his voting record was impacted by the illness and then the passing of his mother. His absences were excused by the council. We have also found that Sanders was restrained, as he should have been on the BCHS issue, holding a meeting to investigate the problems with the school prior to taking a stand. That is a mature and reasoned way to decide on what stand to take, one from which his opponent, Everly Brown, could learn. Brown lost big to Sanders in the last election. There is nothing that has happened since to make us feel any better about his candidacy. We urge a vote for James Sanders, Jr.

For City Council in the 32 Councilmanic District, Joseph Addabbo, Jr. Despite the problems we had with Addabbo last summer about beach and boardwalk access rules, we believe that he has done a decent job for Rockaway residents. His seat on the Parks and Recreation Committee should help Rockaway once he gets a little more seniority under his belt. He has promised that there would be a review and a change in the restrictive access rules during the winter months. He works hard for Rockaway and deserves another term. His opponent, Michael Mossa, shows us little in terms of background or platform. He is running on one issue – the 18 percent property tax hike that Addabbo and the rest of the council approved. He does not, however, offer an alternative except to say to cut programs and cut agencies. That advice is neither forward-thinking nor realistic. We urge a vote for Joseph Addabbo, Jr.

On Proposals One, Three, Four and Five, we urge a "Yes" vote. These four questions are more administrative in nature than political. They call for the extension of indebtedness contracted for sewer facilities, the elimination of small city school districts from the Constitutional debt limits, changing the City Charter to give the Mayor more administrative power over administrative law judges, hearing officers and over city boards and to allow the Mayor more power over city purchasing regulation.

On Proposal Three, we urge a "No" vote. This proposal would amend the City Charter to establish a new system of city elections for the offices of Mayor, Public Advocate, Comptroller, Borough President and City Council members. There would be no party primaries under this proposal. The September primary would be open to anybody who could collect enough signatures to get on the ballot. The two top vote-getters in that primary election would then go on to vie for the seat in the November general election. While the Mayor and other proponents say that this will take the political parties out of the election and give independents more of a chance, we do not agree. We believe that this new system needs more study and public debate. We urge a "No" vote on nonpartisan elections.

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