2008-11-21 / Letters

I Will Continue To Run

Dear Editor,

Despite the action taken by the Mayor and the City Council to overturn term laws, I am writing to inform you that I am and will continue to be a candidate for the NYC Council in the 31st councilmatic district in Queens and that I need your help.

The Mayor and City Council members, including Councilmember James Sanders who voted for this action, have declared that the public's decision on two occasions to vote for term limits did not matter. Their decision was selfish and self-serving to say the least and also sets a dangerous precedent.

As we stand on the edge of history where the democratic process of our right to vote will elect the first African American President, the mayor and council members decided to take away our democratic right to vote and instead, did what was best to them. Our right to vote was denied to allow the mayor and council members to continue to serve themselves rather that the people who elected them.

Leadership requires decision making. Our council member demonstrated a lack of leadership when he abstained from voting for the public referendum amendment and subsequently voted for the Mayor's bill. Clearly, it showed his "undecided" intent to ignore the wish of the district and support the Mayor from day one of this travesty.

In addition, Councilmember Sanders demonstrated a lack of courage by abstaining and "straddling the fence" on the public referendum amendment. Our councilmember took the voice of the people for granted.

My pledge is to truly represent our district, to ensure that my district gets its' fair share. I will fight for you and your issues. I will be your voice in New York City Hall.

FREDERICK A. LEWIS II

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