Katz Looks OK
The Wave did not endorse any candidates who, like Christine Quinn, voted to extend term limits. The act was a self-serving power grab in direct defiance of voters. Voters shouldn’t forget it. We couldn’t get past it so the two left standing in the Queens Borough President race, Peter Vallone Jr. and Melinda Katz weren’t getting The Wave’s support.
Katz won easily and Wave support wouldn’t have mattered. But still, we’re glad we sat it out. She had plenty of local supporters though. And for people who didn’t regard the term limits issue as a deal breaker, Katz was a fairly easy choice. She may have voted to extend term limits but she won people over because she showed up. As they say, 80 percent of life is showing up. All through campaign season, she was at rallies and meetings, big and small.
Come November she got the votes. Still, we were not convinced. But then she showed up at a tree-lighting and hired a local guy to be a Rockaway liaison of sorts. And then there were credible reports that Katz was a driving force in not only getting the ferry renewed but in keeping the same amount of daily trips.
Lo and behold, it looks like we have a Borough President who appreciates Rockaway. It’s been a long, long, long time. If the ferry becomes permanent (5 years or more) she’ll help make it happen. And that alone will make her a Rockaway success.
Everyone points to Marty Markowitz as the ideal Borough President. Brooklyn soared while he was its main cheerleader. Katz doesn’t have to be all rahrah. If she gets things done we’ll soon enough forget about term limits. So far, so good. Hey, we’re even pleased with her energy – what a change of pace for that office!
Keep it up, Melinda!