2010-11-12 / Editorial/Opinion

Term Limits For State Elected Officials

The recent election makes the case for term limits for state elected officials. The voters once again ignored the foibles and misdeeds of their electeds and returned to office several people who should no longer be serving their greed rather than their communities. State Senator Malcolm Smith represents all of Rockaway. He was recently excoriated in a state report that states his misdeeds in connection with the Aqueduct Racino fix. While Smith publically announced that he had recused himself from the selection process because of his friendship with his former employer, Floyd Flake, the state’s Inspector General made clear that not only was he a cheerleader for Flake’s AEG, but that groups and individuals connected with AEG gave tens of thousands of dollars to Smith and others through the Senate Democratic Conference. That money went to Flake and other Democratic candidates, including our former City Councilman, Joe Addabbo Jr. The report also mentions Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, not for any wrongdoing, but for being asleep at the switch while the others robbed us blind. Our third state legislator, Assemblywoman Michelle Titus, has become the invisible woman, doing virtually nothing for her community in the several years she has been in office. They all deserve to go, and the recent election proves that term limits are the only thing that will rid us of those venal and ineffective legislators.

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