There's a pivotal election coming this fall, and it doesn't have anything to do with senators named Obama and McCain.
All eyes on Queens Senate race
Instead of a national stage, this one plays out in a little corner of Queens, and the candidates squabble over water rates, property taxes, and remediating local school sites.
But the outcome of the state Senate race between Republican incumbent Frank Padavan and Democrat Jim Gennaro will have a huge impact on New York City's future That's because Republicans hold a slender two-vote lead in the state Senate, and Democrats, who have been gunning for years to take over the chamber, say this is their year, and are promising to end Albany's stranglehold on the city.
"Take out your wallet and look in it," said Gennaro, currently a city councilman from Fresh Meadows. "After the Senate changes, you'll have more money in it."
"The local little league will no longer have to scrape by," said Evan Stavisky, a Democratic consultant. "The nature of politics is that the party in the majority has a better chance to secure things for their district. Democratic districts will benefit, and all but one or two districts in the Senate will be Democratic."
Little leagues might also have enough cash on hand now since Stavisky political rabbi Brian McLaughlin is going to jail for stealing $90,000 from them.
Sorry, Jim, we know better and we're not buying your schpiel.