2012-03-30 / Editorial/Opinion

Needed: Some Ethical Political Candidates

The political lines are now set in stone. Governor Andrew Cuomo caved in to the political hacks that drew the lines for their own political gains so that he could cut a deal that would reform the process ten years from now. So, who did Rockaway draw in this political game of three-card Monte? The good news is that Rockaway is now represented by one Congressman. The bad news is that the sitting Congressman in that district is Gregory Meeks, who is under investigation by so many agencies that we have lost count, including the House Ethics Committee. In the State Senate, Rockaway is once more split in two. Like some kind of horror movie, Joe Addabbo returns to Rockaway for a reprise of his tenure as a City Councilman, where he first screwed the residents of Rockaway by giving up his chair of the vital Parks Committee and then walking away to become a State Senator on the mainland. Then, in the east end, we have State Senator Shirley Huntley, who is also under investigation for putting public money into a non-profit run by family members that, investigators say, has done little to fulfill its mission of working with public school families. Rockaway is split in the State Assembly as well. Both of our Assembly members live in the east end, a function of racial districting. Every minority census tract in Rockaway, most of them on the bay side of the peninsula, is represented by Michele Titus, the woman who never was, because she surfaces only to do press events. The former Board of Education attorney is virtually unknown in her own district and continues to win only because she has nobody running against her. A person who does nothing, never commits an indiscretion, and we guess there’s something to be said for that when all of those around you are using their public position for private gain. Our other Assemblyman is young and new to the game. He represents all of the white census tracts in Rockaway. So far, with the help of his mentor, Senator Charles Schumer, he has done lots of good for Rockaway and has, so far as we know, stayed on the straight and narrow. It is early in the game, however. What we need in the coming election is somebody with some personal ethics to come along and run against the miscreants and do-nothings who now represent us. We are divided and we are reeling. The time to step up is now.

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