2011-10-14 / Editorial/Opinion

Where Have All Our Political Leaders Gone?

First, Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, who had served for more than 22 years, left to become the Queens County Clerk. Then, Congressman Anthony Weiner, our longtime Representative, left under the cloud of a sexting scandal. Now, it seems clear that our other Congressman, Gregory Meeks, might soon be forced out by his own party leaders in the wake of several high-profile probes looking into his relationships with a Queens businessman and with his non-profit organization, New Directions in Community Empowerment. Both Pheffer’s and Weiner’s slots were filled through a special election on September 13, but the electorate had no choice in who the candidates would be and the entire election process was distasteful to many locals. At best, we now have two newbies who do not fully understand Rockaway’s problems and who have little political clout to do anything to help the community. Should Meeks go, and we strongly urge that he does go, that will give up one more special election and one more newbie with no power base. Add to that a fairly new City Councilman on the west end who seems to spend less and less time in Rockaway, an east end City Councilman who sold out his community for the support of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and another Assemblywoman who has been the invisible politician since taking her seat, and you can see that Rockaway has political problems far beyond the usual. Perhaps it is time for a new broom to sweep clean. We need term limits for our state elected officials and we need a political infrastructure that allows the electorate to choose the candidates they want to run in the election.

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yeah sure Mr. Editor...we

yeah sure Mr. Editor...we 'needed' term limits then - a long time ago - to get rid of Chuck Schumer and Audrey Pheffer!!! Now, with Bob Turner just recently shocking the rockaway pundits; shocking the Queens & Brooklyn political machines; and even shocking the President of the United States...you say we need term limits! yeah, right! And, by the way, are U ever gonna stop talking about Rockaway's juvenile and disgraced former US Congressman...your hero of the internet. When his wife was overseas with the State Department he was sending disgusting and pornographic fotos of himself to his webbed-up girl-friends. Don't U realize he disgraced Rockaway!!! Finally Mr Editor, when U say the west end Councilman spends less and less time in Rockaway, U must be out of your mind!!! Are U not aware of all his work opening up budgeting and City spending for local projects? Are U not aware that he's trying to create bottoms-up spending...in other words on projects that the people want, not what the cronies of the City Council want for themselves and their so-called not-for-profit organizations. Aren't you aware Rockaway is only one of 4 districts across the city experimenting in this bottoms-up spending and it's due to Councilman Eric Ulrich!!! You must be blind or self-delusional not to report these developments!...what's wrong with U. Oh, I forgot...you're still in a rapture over Anthony Weiner!!!...PJS

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