2012-02-10 / Editorial/Opinion

A Resounding No Vote On New Senate Lines

Why are the new State Senate lines inimical to Rockaway and the political interests of its residents? Let us count the ways. First of all, one of the good things about the reign of Senator Malcolm Smith was that he represented all of Rockaway and the peninsula spoke with one voice in the Senate, albeit a corrupt voice. We have long been a split entity in the Assembly and City Council, but at least we had one voice in the State Senate. No Longer. Under the new proposed plan put forth by the Republican majority, Rockaway would be split in two once again. The area west of roughly Beach 95 Street would belong to State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., who once represented us in the City Council until he left us first philosophically and then physically. The eastern portion of the peninsula would belong to Senator Shirley Huntley, who is presently under investigation for allegations that she pumped lots of money into a sham nonprofit run by a relative. If that does not sound familiar to you, then you haven’t been paying attention for the past few years. So, Rockaway loses the singular voice of a corrupt politician and gets in return a split peninsula, half represented by a man who walked away from Rockaway and its residents once before and another politician who is under investigation for political corruption. On the face of it, we were better off before the new plan, and urge the Governor to veto it as soon as possible so that a plan that aids citizens rather than political careers can be drawn.

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