Audrey For Assembly
From recently reading the verbiage of Jane Deacy and Stuart Mirsky it has become apparent that Rockaway's vast right wing conspiracy is in full throttle, and intent on removing one of our community's most treasured civil servants, Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer. For more than twenty years, Audrey has dutifully served the people of this peninsula and deserves to be reelected overwhelmingly.
Like Sullivan, Pheffer has raised her own children, and is a fixture in the community. The peninsula's Republican clubs' assault on her shows what shameful outfits they are. Unlike, Sullivan who works on Wall Street, Audrey was a voice for the voiceless and marginalized prior to her Assembly career, when she fought for the disabled and was an outspoken community activist. Incumbency is not always bad. During her tenure, Pheffer has pushed bills which have promoted economic development, increased access to quality education, expanded healthcare, and she has fought on behalf of the workers of our state. She has excellent constituent services. Just send her office a letter and you'll see. While I dispute Stuart Mirsky's claim last week that Assemblywoman Pheffer votes with the Democratic leadership 99 percent of the time, I will point out that John McCain has sided with George W. Bush over 99 percent of the time and his party has branded him a "maverick."
Republican candidate, Gerry Sullivan, has awful ideas. He says that he wants to pare down costs in the state budget yet he wants to initiate a school voucher program. Why privatize education, when you can improve public schools with the monies, which would go to a voucher program? He should also remember that the greatest growth in spending came during the Pataki years, and that Governor Paterson is actually cutting the state budget. Additionally, as a student at Stuyvesant High School, I can say that if there were a specialized high school in Rockaway it would be a failure. The peninsula's remoteness when compared with other areas of the city would discourage enrollment. Also, Sullivan ascribes to the flawed ideology of the McCain-Palin ticket, which I have eviscerated in earlier letters.
If the Rockaway community pulls the lever for Audrey on November fourth, we will be far better off than with Gerry Sullivan.