2011-09-09 / Letters

Make Sure You Vote

Dear Editor,

There is still more to the story of former New York City Council Finance Committee Chairperson and current State Assemblymember Democratic Party clubhouse candidate David Weprin’s campaign for the Brooklyn/Queens 9th Congressional District. “Candidate Forum Scheduled for 9/8” sponsored by the Rockaway Civic Association Forum. (September 2). If Weprin was so confident and serious about becoming a member of Congress, why didn’t he immediately resign his 24th State Assembly District seat the day he announced his candidacy on July 7? For the past two months he had been drawing down a portion of his yearly $79,000 salary to represent his constituents in Albany while campaigning full time for Congress. Is it ethical to hold one public office while running for another all on the taxpayer’s time and dime? His most recent disaster was missing the Monday night August 28 debate sponsored by the Juniper Park Civic Association and neighborhood newspaper – the Times Newsweekly. In a recent debate hosted by the New York Daily News he was asked to show his Metro Card. He didn’t have one. As former NYC Council Finance Committee Chairperson and NYC Councilmember from 2002 to 2009, he drove to work and parked his car in a free spot at City Hall. He does the same when commuting to Albany. Unlike several hundred thousand potential constituents of the Brooklyn/ Queens 9th Congressional District who ride the MTA on a daily basis and know how to use a Metro Card – Weprin never ventures onto a bus or subway.

When asked what our current national debt is, Weprin responded $4 trillion. How could someone claiming to be financially savy not know that our national debt is $14 trillion today and on track to grow another 2 trillion to 16 trillion in less than two years.

There is consensus on one issue among voters – Democrat, Republican, Independent, conservative or liberal. The 9th CD and New York need a full time Congressmember to represent our interests in Washington. If elected, would Weprin give up his $200,000 a year law practice? Would he resign as a Democratic Party State Committeemember and District Leader in the 24th Assembly District? Seniority is the name of the game in Congress to provide the best representation for constituents. Will Weprin commit to running for another term in 2012 even if the 9th CD disappears after reapportionment? Would he run in a Democratic primary against his benefactor, neighboring Queens Democratic County leader and Congressmember Joseph Crowley or Congressmember Gary Ackerman?

On September 13, Election Day, voters of the Brooklyn/Queens 9th Congressional District should use their Metro Cards and travel to their local polling site. Send Weprin and the Queens/Brooklyn Democratic clubhouse machine a message. Send someone independent to Congress other than Weprin who is committed to working full time on your behalf.

LARRY PENNER

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