2013-07-26 / Columnists


It’s Petition Time Again
By Geraldine Chapey

It’s July and a young man’s fancy turns to petitions. In the Rockaways we have three Democratic clubs that participate: The Harry S. Truman Club, The Regular Democratic Club of the Rockaways and The Good Government Democratic Club.

The clubs circulate petitions by asking their members to get names on the green sheets. Club members are usually people who are active in the community. The most common petition is green for Democrats, pink for Republicans and off white for conservatives.

In this election the long Democratic petitions contain candidates for Mayor, Public Advocate, Comptroller, Borough President and City Council. I will discuss the responsibilities of the Mayor in this column.

According to the Green Book, 2012, the Mayor has the power to appoint and remove the commissioners of more than 40 City Agencies and members of City boards and commissioners. The Mayor is responsible for preparing the City’s annual Expense and Capital Budget and financial plan. The Mayor is responsible for managing the City relations with federal, state and local governing entities. The Mayor has the power to veto local laws enacted by the City Council but such a veto may be over ridden by a 2/3 majority of the City Council

The current issue which is under discussion about a veto is the stop and frisk law where the City Council has voted to appoint a commission to oversee the activities of the cops in this regard. The stop and frisk law has been covered at length in the newspapers.

The Mayor has power and responsibilities relating to land use and City contracts and collaborates with city, state and federal agencies responsible for the City economic development and infrastructure. The Mayor maintains a liaison with governmental bodies dealing with pensions, public finance, procurement and franchises and concessions. In the event of the resignation, death or removal, the Public Advocate serves as the Acting Mayor until a special election or general election may be held.

Congratulations to all the members of the Harry S. Truman Club, the Regular Democratic Club of the Rockaways and the Good Government Democratic Club for working hard to collect all the signatures. They are to be commended for their outstanding community service.

The Mayor plays an important role in our community. Several of the candidates have been meeting with local newspapers to discuss their stand. We need to listen closely to the candidates for Mayor. One very important issue is the ferry. We need this and we need a candidate who will support it.

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