Eye On Rockaway
The time has come for the end of debates. The primary is Tuesday, September 10 and it is time to let the people do the talking. This column's choices in the Democratic primaries are:
Mayor: This column endorses the one person who has shown she can get things done. She has delivered on issues such as stop and frisk, pre-K, saving teacher jobs, providing $17 million to expand primary care services at clinics throughout the city and more. In May she was in Far Rockaway. Not to campaign but to listen to small business owners and community leaders talk about their needs after superstorm Sandy. She realized that a full survey of businesses was needed to determine where they were in getting back on their feet and what specific help was needed. She understood that businesses needed federal grants, not loans, to help them recover. Not a small task, but something that the federal government needs to be pushed on. The concern she had for the people in that room was genuine. This column endorses City Council Speaker Christine Quinn for mayor.
Comptroller: Eliot Spitzer’s commercials suggest that as comptroller he will be going after the so-called bad guys. But the job of comptroller is to manage and advise. The comptroller manages pension funds, audits city agencies, and registers contracts. He makes recommendations on city programs and operations, fiscal policies, and financial transactions. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer knows what the job is and is ready for it. In addition, he has eight years of experience as a pension trustee. Elect Scott Stringer as comptroller.
Councilman 31st District: In just five months after winning a special city council election Donovan Richards has accomplished much. He worked with State Senator James Sanders Jr. to get NYCHA to finally begin, after four years of stalling, installation of security cameras at Hammel Houses. Richards also allocated money for cameras installation at Ocean Bay Apartments and Beach 41st Street Houses beginning in the spring. He brought the problem of mold resulting from Sandy to the forefront. Richards helped Ocean Bay residents get their Verizon service back after months of outage following Sandy. A Workforce 1 Center will soon be opening in the Far Rockaway Library thanks to Richards. He hosted Rockaway youth on a train ride to justice the day the mayor’s vetoes on Stop and Frisk were overturned. For councilman from the 31st District re-elect Donovan Richards to a full term in the city council.
For Queens Borough President Melinda Katz is the choice. She has shown to be a friend to Rockaway by her numerous visits here. In the city council she was a co-sponsor of a law that helped Mott Creek residents re-zone in 2005. This column also endorses Lew Simon for the Democratic nod for city councilman from the 32nd District. As for Public Advocate since I haven’t decided yet, it would be hypocritical to pick someone just because I have a deadline.
Whatever you do on Tuesday remember to vote.