2009-02-20 / Letters

DiResto, For A Change

Dear Editor,

Tuesday is Special Election Day. We all have our preferences. However, we must ask ourselves why we would vote for a particular candidate? Is it because their names are familiar? Is it because they have been around for a long time? Is it because you belong to the same religious institution? Is it because that person will be the best candidate to represent us in the City Council?

Glenn DiResto is the new candidate on the Rockaway block and a lifelong Rockaway resident. He has a fine background as a retired police lieutenant. After retiring from the Police Department, DiResto worked for four years in marketing in Manhattan. That his name has never been involved in scandal is unusual for any Rockaway politician above the age of forty. However, what makes Glenn particularly attractive in addition to his intelligence (St. Joseph's College grad) and love for the peninsula is that he is the only Rockaway candidate who actually owns properties here. In other words, Glenn puts his money where his mouth is.

Glenn does not represent politics as usual which is a good thing, here. His fresh ideas, particularly supporting a Park and Ride from the Riis Park parking lot into Manhattan is an ecofriendly, economical idea whose time has come. His idea about the city changing to mini-buses between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. is creative and eco-friendly and a cost cutting suggestion that is innovative and exciting.

Frankly, politics in Rockaway has been boring. Glenn DiResto does not represent business as usual. He does not feel he is entitled to be councilman. He represents a mature fresh voice of which we can all be proud. On Tuesday, why not break with tradition and vote for the new guy who is not a product of the political machine. His motives are pure and his ideas represent real change in difficult times. Let us put our vote where our property is and elect the candidate whose voice in the Council will make us all proud. Vote for Glenn DiResto for City Council. Oh, if his name does not appear on the ballot because a political bully opponent challenged the name of the party he selected, knocking him off and preventing him from getting matching funds, hand write DiResto's name on the ballot. It will count; and, it is the "write" thing to do.
JOAN METTLER

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