2009-01-30 / Columnists

It's My Turn

Palmer Doyle is a retired NYC Firefighter, past member of Community Board 14, Rockaway SRO Task Force and past president of the 100 Precinct Community Council and The Rockaway Park Civic Association.

Now that our councilman Joe Addabbo has moved on to the state senate, a need for a special election to fill his council seat has arisen. With the city being ruled with an iron fist by a mayor who refuses to give up his throne, the need for a strong council replacement is imperative. Our neighborhood has been long forgotten by our city leaders. We have been bombarded with bike lanes, refused the proper number of lifeguards, and hammered with property taxes and tickets. The time for a representative from our peninsula to remind our leaders that, yes we do still exist is at hand. The solution, a viable council member should be easy. Alas, if only this were true.

In our council district, the 32nd, as soon as the election doors open everybody and his or her brother runs in and declares their candidacy. I should know, I was one of them. The road to the City Council is paved with many land mines.

You have to navigate your way through some very tough waters, the toughest being the Board of Elections.

If you're lucky enough to withstand your signatures being challenged (Thank you Lou, that was a huge favor) and end up on the ballot you then have to withstand being attacked from all angles by your opponents. In the end the voters make their decision.

It is time now to make this special election, being held on February 24 for the 32nd City Council position an easy one. To do so we must narrow the already crowded field down to the chosen few. These are my chosen few, if you disagree vote for someone else. Just remember when you do, don't blame me.

The candidates are as follows, Mike Ricatto and Sam DiBernardo. Both of these gentlemen fall under the "I woke up this morning and think I will run for the City Council." Thanks guys, don't quit your day jobs. Our next group of candidates are those who it would not be an election without, perennial runners Lou Simon and Geraldine Chapey. Yes, we know that Lew is a wonderful Democratic District Leader because he keeps telling us. Also, how can Geraldine possibly add another title to her already enormous resume?

There are just too many skeletons in those closets.

We will see you both next election.

This narrows it down to three choices. Eric Ulrich, 24, is being pushed very strongly by the newly formed Republican leadership. Eric, of course, is the newly formed Republican leader. He is also too young and needs to add a little life experience to his folder before he tangles with the likes of Charlie Barron. We'll look for you down the road.

Frank Gulluscio, a gentleman and a trusted ally to Joe Addabbo,has everything you want in a candidate except he is from the mainland and the time for a voice from the peninsula has never been greater.

That leaves us with my clear cut choice for our City Councilman, Glenn DiResto. Glenn is a retired NYC Police Lieutenant, and he holds a Bachelor's degree in Management. Glenn has both the education and experience to lead us in the council. The most important part of Glenn's resume is that he lives in Rockaway. He knows first hand the problems facing us are constantly growing. Don't just take my word for it; The Wave will be hosting a candidate night on February 9 at 7p.m. It will be held at West End Temple, 147-02 Newport Ave. Be informed and vote wisely.

I would like to add that recently we have lost three irreplaceable members of our community. Jack King, Meg Kelly and Mae Hegarty were hard working neighbors for our community. Whether as PTA President for 114, past president of the Belle Harbor Prop Assoc. or a member of the 100 Precinct Community Council they put their community first and will be greatly missed. I would ask that we remember these wonderful people and their families in our prayers.

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