2009-02-20 / Letters

The Wave Forum, A Candidate Review

Dear Editor,

As I sat through The Wave's special election forum the feeling that I had been here before kept going through my head. The questions regarding the Cross Bay Bridge toll, no programs for our youth, lack of lifeguards, well you get the picture. For twenty years, I have been involved with our neighborhood and the only thing we have really accomplished is the removal of the SROs. Candidate after candidate kept reminding me of the problems we have on our peninsula, not that we had to be reminded. But not one had any concrete ideas. Yes, Lew Simon yelled about being a pit bull and all he has done. Geraldine Chapey reminded us of her lengthy and impressive resume, but didn't answer three different people asking her about salaries for Trinity Bus Services. Eric Ulrich, a very polished speaker for his age, tried to impress but had nothing of value or positive plans for our peninsula. Mr. Ricotto seemed to be a recycled version of Al Stabile. Then there was Glenn DiResto, not as polished as Eric or as loud as Lou, but trying his best despite some heavy odds of being on the ballot, thanks to Dr. Chapey. He actually seemed to be the only candidate that I had never heard before. He wasn't spewing the same old bullspit.

The forum was well run by the staff of The Wave, but there were a few unanswered questions. So I would like to touch on them now.

1) Lew mentioned the over saturation of the Rockaways with housing. Did you, Lew, receive any payment and or contributions from any of the developers involved with Arverne By The Sea or any of the other developers?

2) Dr. Chapey, for the fourth time, who receives a salary or payment from Trinity Services?

3) Lt. DiResto, why do you think Dr. Chapey's minions challenged your petitions?

4) Eric, what are your ambitions if you should be elected to the City Council? Would you seek higher office if the opportunity arose?

5) Mike, being so successful, why would you want to be burdened with being a city council member? (Jealous of Mike Bloomberg?)

Susan and Howie did a wonderful job and there was a great turnout. The only thing missing was more concrete plans for our community and some honest answers.

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