2011-07-22 / Letters

Little Difference Between Parties

Dear Editor,

About a month ago I announced that I was forming an exploratory committee to advise me whether I should run for the Assembly seat vacated by Audrey Pheffer after 24 years of service. The Republicans have nominated a District Leader and the Democrats have nominated a Chuck Schumer protégé. Neither candidate is known outside of their own neighborhood.

Once again the two parties have shown there is little difference between them, they represent the party, not the community. And yet these are the organizations that decide who gets on the ballot and who doesn’t.

To get on the ballot as an independent requires money, volunteers and planning. Although there are plenty of volunteers, I have come to discover that at least one candidate has been seeking campaign contributions since February (when Audrey Pheffer’s resignation was only a rumor).

Alliances and donations have been solicited and cemented months ago. The prospects of a first time candidate like me winning when I am five months behind such candidates are not favorable.

As a beginner, I am just too late to the process.

With regrets, I must decline this opportunity.

I would like to thank the members of the committee for their counsel and I also want to thank the many community people who offered support for my candidacy.

I shall not forget your kindness.

VINCE S. CASTELLANO

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