Democrats With Clean Hands
The State Senate is in crisis. Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada has been charged with using his public and community positions for personal and political gain. Democratic control of the State Senate is at risk. While it is likely that Democrats will be elected in Pedro Espada’s 33rd S.D. in the Bronx and in Malcolm Smith’s 14th S.D. in Rockaway and Southeast Queens, it will be difficult for Senators Craig Johnson and Brian Foley to win in formerly Republican districts in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
Whenever we are asking our voters to accept cuts in necessary services, increases in taxes or fees and borrowing against our future, we must come with clean hands. It is a time to choose a leadership team that all voters can respect.
Our State Senator is the only legislator who represents all residents on the Rockaway peninsula. We look to Senator Smith to provide the funds the MTA needs to keep the Rockaway rebate on the Cross Bay Bridge. We expect support for good public schools available to all our children. We expect a good mass transit system to give us a high speed trip to Manhattan.
As Senate President and formerly Majority Leader, Senator Smith has been unable to get New York State to attend to our needs. We need to hear how this will be done in the future, particularly if Republicans regain control of the Senate.
Senate Democrats should remove Pedro Espada and install a new leadership team. The Democratic voters in the Bronx can choose a new candidate in a Democratic primary. This would be one step toward meeting our needs.