2011-06-17 / Editorial/Opinion

Poised At The Starting Line, Awaiting The Gun

There they are, at least a dozen men and women poised and waiting to begin the race on the call of Governor Andrew Cuomo. Each of them wants to be the new Assemblyperson representing a portion of Rockaway, and they all believe that they have a legitimate shot at the position. Nothing can be done, however, until Cuomo declares the seat vacant, and it has been vacant since May 12, when longtime Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer stepped down to become the Queens County Clerk. What is Cuomo waiting for? The law says that Cuomo does not have to declare a vacancy, but once he does, a special election must be held between 60 and 70 days from that date. Political insiders say that Cuomo wants the special election to be held on the regular primary date in September, in this case, September 13. If that it true, then Cuomo will probably not declare the vacancy until sometime in the beginning of July. We urge him to declare both the vacancy and the date for the special election as soon as possible so that the election-silly season can begin. While the Republicans have virtually designated their candidate, Breezy Point resident Jane Deacy, the Democrats are in a dog fight for the party nod. The candidates include many familiar names as well as some not so familiar to Rockaway voters – Lew Simon, Geraldine Chapey, Vince Castellano, Glenn DiResto, Paul Schubert and Phillip Goldfeder. Insiders say that Goldfeder, an aide to Senator Charles Schumer, has the inside track. The other candidates, however, are not dissuaded by that rumor. For them, it’s full speed ahead. All that’s needed is for the governor to fire the starting pistol.

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