2009-04-17 / Letters

A Clear Contrast Between Politicians

Dear Editor,

A clear contrast already seems to be developing between our old and new political reps.

Just this week, new Rockaway City Councilman Ulrich introduced legislation in chambers to thwart higher taxes. He seeks a Council supermajority (a two-thirds majority) for any and all legislation that raises NYC taxes. Super-majorities are now required in 16 states.

Just this week " also, our up-river Rockaway representatives are legislating as always, in the face of a fiscal nightmare they are raising income taxes, raising property taxes, raising nuisance taxes (on utilities and beer!!!) and raising wasteful spending. Even The New York Times is furious. Albany, they say, is financing a new museum dedicated to bricks and brick-building, a Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta and an urban yoga foundation. Led by Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, the back-room, closed-door lobbyists win again. State spending is being boosted by 9 billion of New Yorkers' tax dollars. Oneonta's Soccer Hall of Fame, yes; Rockaway's rugby fields, baseball diamonds, basketball courts and beaches, forget about it.

Fiscal prudence up Albany way is in short supply, while the cup of insanity floweth over. They are fueling this spending behemoth with new taxes and federal stimulus money — DC money that was injected into New York State not to balance budgets but to build infrastructure and provide jobs!

Rockaway, sitting with decaying (decayed!) infrastructure, pays DC and Albany more to receive nothing.

The contrast here in Rockaway will broaden and deepen until the ballot box becomes a new arbiter.

PETER STUBBEN

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