DiResto, Ulrich and Schwach
Over 7,000 people voted in our special election for City Council. I don't have the numbers but it was probably a record-shattering number, as the number to beat was 3,000 to 4,000 brave voters on a cold February day. One of the principal reasons - I believe - was that our local media did their civic duty and hosted forums and debates, including this newspaper, The Queens Chronicle and the Queens Ledger. Queens Public TV broadcasted one of the debates and even Dominic Carter got into the mix and hosted a debate on NY1. Mainlanders and Peninsula-ites alike were able to see their candidates, hear their candidates and watch their candidates under the terms of a debate and the sometimes contentious questioning. It was all healthy and good, and anyone who attended the West End Temple forum sponsored by this newspaper can attest to the overflow crowd there, and how reporter Nick Briano broke out in a sweat accommodating the huge crowd with chairs.
So, I was a bit disappointed & distressed by last week's Wave commentary. Sounded to me like the Editor of this newspaper was very, very bitter over the results and resorted to sloppy and insulting innuendo, just as the jilted lover left at the altar might. Remember the '67 movie 'The Graduate'; well...Dustin Hoffman gets the girl and Howard Schwach doesn't!
This Editor should take his cues from the better man - I believe - Glenn DiResto. Mr. DiResto appeared at the Ulrich campaign event on the evening of the election to congratulate Eric. I asked him that evening how he felt and he assured me he was fine - upset, but fine - but that he was very worried about his father, who had taken the events of the campaign very personally and Glenn was fearful for his father's health. Sunday afternoon, DiResto was again present at PS 207 to congratulate Ulrich for the swearing in ceremony.
I have two comments...one to Glenn's father: "Mr. DiResto, you should be immensely proud of the man you raised. He showed tremendous character, under great adversity, and has acted as all the great men of freedom loving nations do...he's moving on and up!"
My other comment is to the Editor of this newspaper, "Mr. Schwach, please continue to (1) report the facts, (2) express your views forcefully, (3) support our Peninsula; but don't lower yourself to sloppy innuendo and viral, vituperative and vindictive attacks, or you'll destroy #1, #2, and #3."