2007-06-01 / Columnists

On The Beach

See Jane Run
Commentary By Beverly Baxter

On The Beach 
See Jane Run ...Rockaway Resident Rocks Boat
Commentary By Beverly Baxter


Jane Deacy is the real deal. And then some. Upon meeting her for the first time at a recent Rockaway Republican meeting, Bart Haggerty, of the Forest Park Republican Club, extended his hand and with the niceties of a professional politician, went through the motions of the obligatory, "It's nice to meet you." With Irish eyes smiling, Deacy retorted, "How do you know?"

That's the thing about Deacy. She stops you in your tracks. With moxie to spare, she probes, gets underneath and to the point. These no-nonsense ingredients are merely a glimpse at what makes Deacy a formidable breath of fresh air to the do-nothing, perpetually out-to-lunch, stale complaisance that has been the Republican leadership in the 23rd A.D. In fact, with Deacy, there's so much we can be proud of...and it's as if she has been preparing for this challenge for most of her life.

On May 29, Deacy formally announced that she will join Eric Ulrich as they challenge incumbents Teresa Ariola and Ed O'Hare for the Republican Leadership positions in the 23rd A.D. The primary, which will be held on September 18, will be the most widely watched political contest in Queens, and could have a historical impact on how the party operates in the years to come.

Ulrich ran for the position two years ago, but lost by merely 124 votes; and while he is not from Rockaway, he has received the endorsement of the Rockaway Republican Club. Expressing his optimism for what he hopes will be a changing of the old guard, club President Tom Lynch states, "Jane and Eric will raise the profile of the Republican Party for not only Rockaway, but every neighborhood in the district. We need leaders who will promote Republican principles and will actually be visible in the community."

"Don't rock the boat, unless you're ready to paddle." While the entire country watched as the 2000 presidential election hung on the meaning of the word chad, Jane Deacy's political aspirations were born. The Breezy Point resident was appalled and embarrassed that the state of our politics had reduced a great country such as ours to the brunt of jokes heard around the world. It was also a frightening signal to our enemies who would attack us on September 11th. It was a turning point that would galvanize Deacy's determination to serve and change a corrupt and broken system on the local level. She often wondered why the Democratic leadership is so visible, while Republican leaders seem to be contently nonexistent; why there were never a myriad of candidates courted and promoted or placed on the ballot and that the process seemed controlled. She felt locked out and marginalized. She became involved with the grassroots effort of some Rockaway Republicans who met in George Greco's garage and a new group was born. Their mission was to grow the organization, elect local Republicans to the county committee and actively seek candidates to run and carry the Republican banner. The group succeeded with all their goals. With several hundred members, they sought to obtain a charter which would validate them, as well as enhance the entire party in Queens. They went to the current District Leaders for assistance with their endeavor, but were met with obstacles at every turn. They were baffled. It was only when Eric Ulrich joined their efforts did they finally win their charter.

"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."

Service is a common thread throughout Deacy's life. So is stirring the pot. As one of the first female police officers on the NYCPD during the fiscal crisis who was assigned to a patrol function, she worked the battle grounds of Fort Apache in the South Bronx, Bed Sty and South Jamaica. It was during these years that she discovered her love of serving the common good. She was a force in the NYPD, as she will be a force of integrity within the Republican Party. Upon her retirement from the NYPD, Jane pursued a new role in film and television and has been featured on several episodes of Law and Order, where she played a cop!

Deacy, who is also a former catholic school teacher and adaptive ski instructor, thrives on new challenges and problem solving. She has been a hard working asset to the Rockaway Republicans and has served on numerous committees within the Breezy Point Cooperative, where she resides with her husband, Ed Deacy, the "world renowned" Irish singer, who also serves on the Republican County Committee.

Ulrich welcomes the alliance with Deacy. Together, they will restore faith in the Republican Party, a party that has lost its way by a one party dominated monopoly. They will actively and enthusiastically promote multiple candidates, as they believe that competition of ideas and debate breeds excellence. They want to inspire voters back into the voting booth where they are offered a choice and not just one candidate who has been preordained for them. Ulrich and Deacy are ready to "paddle," and they need you on board!

The Rockaway Republicans will host its next meeting on June 14 at 8 p.m. at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club. You are warmly encouraged to join them.

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