2013-08-16 / Editorial/Opinion

Showing Up Counts

There’s an old Woody Allen joke that 80 percent of life is showing up. If you keep showing up you might just get a break. If you’re a bench player and the star gets hurt, you get your chance. If you go to meetings, somebody is going to hear you. If you show up and sit at a desk and write a book, you have a better chance of getting published.

In picking who we like for political office we put a lot of stock in showing up. We asked republican mayoral hopeful George McDonald when he was last in Rockaway. He told us he was in Broad Channel in February. That’s not showing up.

Bill De Blasio has shown up in the polls but hasn’t really shown up in Rockaway. So we’re not impressed. He came to a rally to protest poor bus service in Far Rockaway in April. That’s something a Public Advocate might do. Oh, wait that’s his job.

And this week he went to a healthcare workers rally in Far Rockaway. But he wasn’t at the mayoral forum at the Good Government Club; and he wasn’t at the Knights of Columbus when so many candidates came on July 31st. His staff has promised to get in touch with The Wave about a sit-down. We stopped holding our breath. Actually, we’ve been too busy looking for evidence that he’s been west of Far Rockaway. We don’t think he’s visited Sandy impacted areas west of Beach 59th Street in 2013. That’s not showing up.

The Wave has been around for 120 years. Like us or hate us, each week thousands of people read The Wave. Simply, the paper reaches more residents than any meeting or rally. We know The Wave is a good way for candidates to introduce themselves to Rockaway. We don’t want candidates to kiss our rings but we do expect them to exercise some common sense and get themselves in The Wave. Stop by, say hello. Make the case. Show up. It’s 80 percent.

Who has shown up? The Wave scorecard looks like this: William Thompson, Sal Albanese, Anthony Weiner, John Liu, and Joe Lhota have shown up.

If candidates ignore Rockaway now, what are the chances they’ll recognize Rockaway once in office? If they can’t get an 80 percent for showing up now, you know there’s 100 percent chance we’ll never see them again.

To The Wave, it’s simple. If they don’t show now, don’t show them love on Election Day.

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