2005-11-04 / Editorial/Opinion

The Wave’s Endorsements And Recommendations

Next Tuesday, November 8, is Election Day. The major seat up for grabs, of course, is the mayoralty, but we will also vote for Public Advocate, Comptroller, two Justices of the Supreme Court, a Surrogate and three Judges of the Civil Court. While there is a City Council race this year, neither James Sanders, Jr. nor Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. have Republican opponents. In addition, there are two New York State Proposals and two New York City Questions on the ballot. Here are The Wave’s endorsements and recommendations.

Michael R. Bloomberg For Mayor: While we believe that Bloomberg has been wrong in a number of his major programs to change the city, especially in the area of education, we believe that he is far and away the best candidate running in this election. We wish the choice were between Bloomberg and Anthony Weiner, but it is not. With the polls running 70-30 in the incumbents favor against Democratic candidate Fernando Ferrer, we believe that he will easily win reelection. The other candidates in the race, Thomas Ognibene (Conservative), Audrey Silk (Libertarian), Martin Koppel (Socialist Worker), Jimmy McMillan (Rent is Too Damn High), Seth Blum (Education) and Anthony Gronowicz (Green) are not even worthy of mention except in passing. Having said that, we believe that it is not healthy for any democracy to have an election depend on how much money one candidate may have. We do not want a society where only multi-millionaires can win elected office. Something must be done to level the playing field so that both candidates, regardless of wealth, can get their message out to the voting public.

Betsy Gotbaum for Public Advocate: While we would love to endorse Bernie Goetz (of subway gunman fame) for the job, we would not be serious in our endorsements if we did not endorse the incumbent, Betsy Gotbaum for the position that should not exist in the first place. After a crowded Democratic Primary Election, Gotbaum should have no problem being reelected against a field that includes Goetz (Rebuild), Joy Golub (Republican), and Jim Lesczynski (Libertarian).

William C. Thompson, Jr. for City Comptroller: This election is a no-brainer. Thompson, the incumbent, has done a fine job keeping his eye on those who would misuse city funds. His opponents are Herbert F. Ryan (Conservative), Ron Moore (Libertarian) and Daniel B. Fein (Socialist Workers).

Charles J. Markey and Stephen A. Knopf for Justice of the Supreme Court: While all of the candidates are largely unknown, the Republican candidate, Kerry Katsorhis has run before for other offices and has been rejected. There was once an ugly incident in Rockaway involving the candidate and we would be remiss in our duty if we endorsed him for this important office. The remaining candidate for the court slot is Republican Michael F. Pispia.

Robert L. Nahman for Surrogate: Not much choice in this election. Nahman, a Bayswater resident, is the choice of all of the three major parties.

Helen M. Marshall for Borough President: Once again, the incumbent deserves reelection in a position that many believe has no reason for being. Marshall has been active in assisting Rockaway. Her main challenger, Republican/Conservative Philip T. Sica is largely unknown except to local Republicans.

Vote No on Proposal One, an Amendment To the State Constitution in Relation To The Submission Of The Budget To The Governor: Proposal One has been called a quick fix for a problem that does not exist. We agree. At first glance, given the fact that our state’s budget is traditionally very late in coming, this proposal, which would provide for a contingency budget set by the Legislature to take effect if the budget is not adopted prior to the beginning of the fiscal year, look good. In fact, it transfers power from the Governor to the legislature and that is not good. What would keep the legislature from turning down everything the Governor threw at them in order to be purposefully late so that it could get control? Nothing. Vote No.

Vote Yes on Proposal Two, a proposition to Promote and Assure the Preservation, Renewal and Improvement of the State’s Roads and Bridges, Subways, Trains and Buses; Waterways and Airports; and other Vital Transportation Facilities. There is a bottom line to this expensive proposal, which would require the issuance of bonds to rebuild our transportation infrastructure. We believe that the expenditures are necessary and we urge a Yes Vote.

Vote Yes On Question Three, which would require the Mayor and the Chief Administrative Law Judge to Issue Rules Establishing a Code or Codes of Professional Conduct For Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Officers. This is a no-brainer. A code to control the excesses of our administrative law judges and hearing officers has been long overdue.

Vote Yes On Question Four, which would Require The City to Annually Prepare A Balanced Budget in Accordance With Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and Make Other Financial Changes. These changes were forced on the city by the state during the fiscal crisis of 1975. This question would codify the state law in city procedures.

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