2011-07-22 / Letters

Same Old Politics

Dear Editor,

State Assemblymember David Weprin’s less visionary ideas and past positions make him a poor candidate to serve as Congressmember from NY’s 9th District. “Parties Set Candidates For Special Election – Weprin Takes On Turner For House” (Howard Schwach, in the issue of July 15).

Consider under Weprin’s watch as NYC Council Finance Committee Chairperson from 2002 to 2009, the budget grew from $43 to $59 billion consistently above the rate of inflation. He lacked the courage to oppose automatically adopting last year’s budget and spending levels. There was no real fiscal reform restricting spending below the rate of inflation or adopting pay as you go financing.

NYC municipal debt was $43 billion in 2001. On Weprin’s watch between 2001 and 2009, municipal debt increased by $16 billion to $59 billion. Each resident’s portion of this debtwent up by $1,853 from $5,300 to $7,153. The per resident capital debt of $7,153 makes the Big Apple number one nationally. Each year a greater percentage of the NYC budget goes toward debt payments rather than funding current badly needed essential services such as police, fire, sanitation, education and other social services. He never developed any plans to reduce long term debt.

Weprin is proud of his role in yearly giving out several hundred million dollars worth of individual Council member’s pork barrel projects. He proudly accepts the title of “King of Pork” by the Gotham Gazette for the greatest number and dollar value of member item pork barrel spending. This would make him feel right at home in Washington.

Weprin prefers that voters forget that prior to his election as a Council member in 2001, the City Finance Department revealed that he owed $6,734 in unpaid property taxes going back to 1999.

Weprin is opposed to WalMart opening any stores within the five boroughs. This hurts consumers looking for both employment and savings.

If you like the status quo of financial mismanagement, excessive borrowing, deficit spending, pork barrel member item spending and legislative gridlock in Washington, Weprin is certainly the “right man” for the job given his past City Council and State Assembly track record. If you want real change and reform, voters would be wise to look elsewhere than sending Weprin to Washington.

LARRY PENNER

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