2008-05-09 / Letters

The Candidate Of Choice

Dear Editor,

In response to last week's "Beachcomber" column I would like to say that I can be the "viable candidate" the peninsula is looking for. My name is John Patrick Larkin and I'm one of perhaps five people in the running for council seat currently held by Councilman Addabbo. While I will not stoop to calling any potential candidate a "hack" or anything else negative, I do feel that the people have spoken regarding the two people mentioned in the article. It is time to have a candidate with some new ideas or at least the ability to see through some of the good old ideas.

This district is going to need a strong leader who thinks out of the box in order to handle the many changes that this district is going through. That leader needs to be able to get rid of the "politics as usual" approach and be able to cultivate the relationships needed in order to bring back the resources to the community. Our district still suffers with problems such as overcrowded schools, zoning issues, crime, lifeguard scandals, early beach closings and poor transportation.

I'm a moderate Democrat that can work with both sides. I'm a married Irish Catholic with two children and two grandchildren. I live in Rockaway Park. Most of my professional career has been spent in the non-profit sector focusing on Youth and Family services and Community and Government relations.

I'm also currently an elected member of the Community Education Council (CEC). I'm well aware that Mr. Frank Gulluscio is the favorite but lets make it a race! I have nothing negetive to say about Frank. I have met him on several occasions and he is a gentleman. I just feel that we should start getting out of the politics as usual mode by letting the voters of this district pick its next councilman instead of a few political clubs or small groups that represent only a small faction of the community. Let's get some debates going and let the people make the choice!

JOHN PATRICK LARKIN

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