2009-10-23 / Editorial/Opinion

The Wave Endorses . . . . . . . . .

For Mayor, William C. Thompson. There are eight candidates running for mayor, but only two of them count - Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Comptroller William Thompson. Thompson gets our nod for many reasons, not the least being the fact that Bloomberg got the votes he needed in the City Council to extend term limits by promising council members funding for their pet projects. He also funded dozens of organizations with both his personal and city money in order to get their endorsement for this election. He has painted a target on the back of every middle class New Yorker for his increased taxes, water rates, summonses, fines and business taxes. He has turned the Department of Education into a testing mill at the expense of real education. It is time for him to go. William Thompson has worked hard for the middle class. He has led the comptroller's office through some difficult times and feels the pain of the middle class. We urge a vote for Thompson.

For Public Advocate, Alex Zablocki. Zablocki is young (26) and energetic and came to Rockaway to tour our business areas and speak with The Wave. That is far more than you can say about his Democratic opposition, Bill de Blasio. Zablocki has a worthy plan to decentralize the office of Public Advocate, placing two representatives from his office in each borough to serve the people through the community boards in those boroughs. That is a big change from the present setup, where everything flows from Manhattan. We like his energy and his ideas and we urge a vote for Zablocki.

For Comptroller, John Liu. Liu, the Democratic candidate came to Rock - away a short time ago to speak with Wave editors about Rockaway's problems and how to solve them. He has evidenced an interest in the peninsula that few politicians have evidenced in recent years. He has served well in the City Council, especially as the chair of the all-important Transportation Com - mittee, which has given him an understanding of our commuter problems. His Republican challenger, Stuart Avrick, is relatively unknown and did not even take the opportunity to reach out to the community. We urge a vote for Liu.

For Queens Borough President, Helen Marshall. Marshall professes her love for Rockaway, but seldom follows through when Rockaway needs her. The YMCA pool is only one prime example of that. The old courthouse, which was to be the Helen Marshall Campus of the City University, is just another. The other candidates, however, are even less appealing. In fact, they are unknowns with no ties whatsoever to the peninsula. We reluctantly urge a vote for Marshall.

For City Council in the 31st Councilmanic District, The Wave declines to endorse either candidate because its editorial board believes that neither should receive its support. Democrat James Sanders Jr., the incumbent, is one of the few members of his party who sided with the mayor on term limits. He told us that he did it because the mayor promised him a vocational school for the peninsula. Have you seen the plans for the new school? Neither have we. What he got was a private fundraiser at the mayor's Manhattan condo. He refused our requests to state how much he raised at that fundraiser, and we can't find one Rockaway resident who was invited. In addition, he has the second worst attendance record in the Council and is perhaps the worst at servicing constituents. His opponent, Scherie Murray, is an unknown and, if you judge from her interviews, campaign literature, and her responses to the questions put to her by The Wave, she is not the one to address the problems of crime, gun violence, joblessness and a failing infrastructure that the next Council member will have to address. Therefore, we leave it to you and your conscience as to whether you vote for Sanders or Murray, and make no recommendation in this race..

For City Council in the 32nd Councilmanic District, Eric Ulrich. Ulrich has been in office a short time, winning a special election to fill the slot vacated by State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. In that short time, he has proved that he can handle the sharp learning curve that he needed to understand the peninsula's problems. He has been a good advocate for Rockaway in the Council and has been fair in his dealings with Rockaway vis-á-vis the mainland. Gulluscio is a longtime political ally of Addabbo, who left Rockaway long before his Senate seat opened up. Gulluscio has been little seen in Rockaway, preferring to run his campaign on the mainland and in Breezy Point. In normal times, a Republican such as Ulrich would not have a chance - our last Republican councilman was Al Stabile. These are not normal times, and Rockaway residents demand more than a no-show candidate who promises more of the same. We urge a vote for Ulrich.

On Proposition One: An Amendment, vote yes. This is an amendment to the New York State Constitution that will allow certain forest preserve lands in St. Lawrence County to be used by National Grid for construction of a power line. In return, National Grid will convey acreage of equal value to the state. We urge a yes vote on Proposition One.

On Proposition Two: An Amendment, vote yes. This is an amendment authorizing the Legislature to permit inmates at state and local correctional facilities to perform work for nonprofit organizations. Currently, inmates may only perform work for state or municipal entities. We urge a yes vote.

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