The General Election on November 2 promises to hold some surprises in the outcomes and I would not be a bit surprised if the constituents of the 23 AD are responsible for some of those surprises. In addition to the statewide candidates that are running, Carl Paladino, Greg Edwards, Jay Townsend, Joe DioGuardi, Harry Wilson and Dan Donovan, there are other races in our district that must be looked at. In the 9th Congressional District race, Bob Turner is putting the pressure on Anthony Weiner, and I have actually received an email from Anthony Weiner asking me for $5. This past week Turner told Sean Hannity that this is a doable race to win and that Anthony Weiner is “hearing the footsteps” and that he “understands that Anthony has been out handing palm cards out at Waldbaums.”
Everywhere his campaign goes, people have had enough and are thrilled that there is a viable alternative in the November election. Take a good look at Riis Park, the Coast Guard Station, the beaches, the taxes, the flyovers that don’t take place, if one were to believe Anthony Weiner. The momentum is growing and we need everyone out spreading the word. Check it out. www.bobturnerforcongress.com is the alternative to Anthony Weiner in Washington.
In the Assembly race, Dr. Harold Paez, is challenging Audrey Pheffer who people over and over say, “ She is a nice lady but she really hasn’t done anything for us, has she?” Not when we are walking over the Crossbay Bridge again, to try to reinstate a toll rebate program that rightfully should have been challenged as illegal and thrown out altogether, many years ago, or at least within the last 22 years that Audrey has been our State Assemblywoman! The MTA is reportedly broke and that is while there is a forensic audit taking place with troubling practices of 600 million dollars in overtime
I understand that she is waiting and hoping for the Queensborough President position that she believes will be handed to her, but as the Assemblywoman for the 23 AD, she has really not gone against Assembly Leader Sheldon Silver to fight for us here in Rockaway. As we discovered in the last election when she was challenged by Jerry Sullivan, Audrey has funded many organizations outside of our district with our tax dollars.
One must come to the conclusion that she was hoping to garner favor in these areas for the time when she would run for Borough President. The only fly in the ointment is that Helen Marshall is not willing to go yet! Well we can’t afford to wait another two years Audrey. Albany is dysfunctional and the laws that are enacted are driving people out of New York faster than the speed limit. I appreciate your time served. As the advertisements say, we have a dysfunctional Albany and you are part of it.
Time to give someone else a chance and that is not to say you are not a nice lady, you are. Check it out www.paezforassembly.com is the alternative to Audrey Pheffer in Albany.
The Rockaway Republicans are hosting a gala at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club on 10/13 at 7 p.m. Mr. Curtis Sliwa, television and radio host, will be in attendance and I cordially invite you all to come and see these candidates personally. I assure you that you will be impressed by the grasp of knowledge that both these candidates have of the state of the union, as well as the state of our state. Both Bob Turner and Harold Paez know that reduced taxation and smaller government are necessary to allow the economy to grow and create new jobs. Who does not believe that there is waste in every government agency that can be rooted out? When was the last time you went to the DMV? People expect that a bureaucracy runs inefficiently and accept that. I know that the belts can be tightened in all bureaus of the government and we need representatives that come from business and know how to cut the fat, because they have already done it in their own businesses. I believe (not we believe, Lew Simon) that the PEOPLE are awake and they will come out to vote in November.
Election Day will bring with it the new voting machines. Do not be intimidated. The process is simple. You will go to your Election District like in the past. If you are in the book, you will sign your name and you will receive a numbered paper ballot to take to a marking booth where you will fill in the circle next to your choice of candidates.
There will be privacy sleeves to put your ballot in while you take it to a scanning machine. There you will simply slide it into the top of the machine, like a vending machine and it will accept it. Your ballot has been cast. If you are not in the book to sign, you may receive a paper standby ballot to fill out and put into a sealed envelope that will be returned to the Board of Elections for their processing in the presence of multiple inspectors. I apologize for any confusion in the primary election however I do think that this election should go smoother. It truly is easy. If you are out of town for 11/2 please call the Board of Elections for an absentee ballot today, 718-720- 6730.
As I expressed in my last column, each of the candidates you are supporting, deserve and need your help now, both your voluntarism and your financial support.
We are rounding the final bend and the end is in sight. The candidates need your vote, they need your help. Skip the snack and make a donation of any size. Sarah Palin is asking Republicans to donate $10 per race.
If you can attend one of the upcoming fundraisers, great. If not I am suggesting a donation of $20.10, because in 2010 we can and we will, with your help, make waves here in the 23AD. Thank you.