2014-04-11 / Editorial/Opinion

The Invisible Assemblywoman

Michele Titus is the absentee assemblywoman. She’s essentially turned her back on 60,000 people on the east end. In the 17 months since Sandy, she didn’t attend a Community Board meeting. We certainly didn’t hear she was holding town halls or helping her constituents, many of whom were struggling mightily with Sandy-related issues.

Note to Michele Titus: a hurricane devastated your district.

What a time to pull a vanishing act.

She earns her pay as a representative of the people of Far Rockaway and yet she couldn’t find the time to come and meet with people struggling after the storm?

One measuring stick for electeds we think is fair is: how’d they do after the storm? How’d she do? She abandoned ship.

How useless is she? Some of her constituents reach out to her assembly colleague in another district for help.

Most of our electeds are pretty good about making themselves accessible. Ironically, some of them get heat when they don’t show up at events because they’re generally quite visible. Funny thing about Michele Titus, no one ever asks about her, no one ever expects to see her. When we ask other elected officials about her they often chuckle and say “no comment.”

Almost a year ago The Wave asked for an interview. We got a “would love to talk” reply and then when we followed up, we never heard again. Until last week. She issued a press release. And then a few days ago she hosted a roundtable with the Red Cross.

Guess what? It’s an election year for her. We get it. Suddenly her GPS works and she can find Far Rockaway.

It’s our great hope she gets a primary challenger. Someone from her district, preferably someone from Far Rockaway, should get started now. He or she should meet with Gregory Meeks, Donovan Richards and James Sanders Jr. for advice. He or she should devise a mainland strategy including meeting with church leaders. He or she should get started now. The Wave would like to interview and announce challengers. We hear Felicia Johnson may run. Just let us know, Felicia!

We hope active groups on the east end will launch voter registration drives. If ever there were a time to get to the booth to change the Far Rockaway voice in the Assembly, it’s now.

If you live in Far Rockaway you cannot be satisfied with the job Michele Titus has done. An absentee assemblyperson doesn’t deserve tenure. It’s too bad term limits don’t exist on the state level; Michele Titus is well past her expiration date.

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