Sunday, October 26, 2008

Queens Tribune vs. Queens Council pigs

From the Queens Tribune:

In Our Opinion

It’s a sad day in New York City.

The City Council has voted themselves, the Mayor and other City officials a one-term (4-year) extension of term limits twice passed by the people. They rejected an amendment asking for a referendum to approve the plan, thus bypassing and ignoring the will of the people.

There were two opportunities for Council members to stop the unilateral self-serving effort ramrodded by the Speaker and Mayor with down and dirty political pressure.

The following Queens Councilmembers stood up for democracy both times: Joe Addabbo, Tony Avella, Jim Gennaro, Eric Gioia, John Liu, Hiram Monserrate and David Weprin. You should thank them for defending the rights of the people.

By their actions, they sold out to a political deal with the devil, prevented the people from voting on the issue and passed themselves a term extension. They have forgotten who they work for. Those Councilmembers who they they are more important than the people are: Anthony Como, Leroy Comrie, Melinda Katz, James Sanders, Helen Sears, Peter Vallone Jr. and Tom White.

Remember where they stood when it was time to stand up for the will of the people.

It was a sad day in New York City.

We are disgusted.


And from their endorsements page:

Elected to the Council in a special election this summer, Anthony Como has not been in office long enough for us to evaluate his job performance, but based entirely on his vote Thursday to deny the voters the opportunity to have a say on the term limit bill, opening the door for the passage of the mayor's bill and allowing the council to overturn the will of the voters, we cannot endorse his return for office. Instead, we endorse Elizabeth Crowley, who we feel will look out for what is truly in the best interest of the people.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's yellow journalism for you. Como voted AGAINST Bloomberg's third term, on BEHALF of the people, and if people were given a special election regarding term limits, it would have cost taxpayers $15 million dollars! He's on the wrong column for that newspaper...it's sad how people choose to print outright lies and readers actually believe it!

Anonymous said...

The bill never said there had to be a scheduled special election for extending term limits. It said IF and WHEN a referendum is held. There would not have been a referendum because the mayor would have lost. Como should have voted YES on the amendment. He made a deal with Christine Quinn so that he could try to save face but not ruin his relationships at City Hall. But the papers got wind of this and now he's a big loser.

Anonymous said...

Como's vote was the most reprehensible. He made a backroom deal with Quinn. She needed votes to defeat the referendum and Como did just that. He sold out the voters, plain and simple. It's great that the Post and News reported this sham. As far as I'm concerned Como's vote was the most disgusting. He shows you what kind of councilman he is.

Goodbye fatso.

Palmetto said...

Queens Tribune... "They have forgotten who they work for. Those Councilmembers who think they are more important than the people are: Anthony Como, Leroy Comrie, Melinda Katz, James Sanders, Helen Sears, Peter Vallone Jr. and Tom White."

IT DIDN'T WORK TONY COMO, THE NEWSPAPERS SAW THROUGH YOUR SHAM!

Anonymous said...

Does anyone really believe that Elizabeth Crowley would have voted for anything other than herself??? As usual, the Queens Trib is being overly emotional and dramatic.

Anonymous said...

Why not? 7 other reps from Queens voted the right way.

Anonymous said...

Um, because Elizabeth Crowley's past history proves her self-interests get put before the public good! Does the McLaughlin indictment ring a bell??

Anonymous said...

Everyone who voted "no" has a past history which proves their self-interests get put before the public good. But they voted the right way this time and that's what counts. Liz came out strongly against term limit extensions while Como waffled. In the end, he showed he has a spine like a wet noodle.

Anonymous said...

Oh stop. What Kool-Aid are you drinking today? Lots of Council Members came out "strong" on term limits and other issues. Guess what? They still voted for it. And the ones who voted against did it for political reasons, not moral. Just watch. The overwhelming majority of those who voted against the extension bill will still run for their current seat. They are all hypocrites. Every last one of then. Intelligent, articulate people with strong work and educational credentials and skills do not run for City Council. Those with very little else going on do. Always have. Always will.

georgetheatheist said...

Tribune honcho Shenkler is a knee-jerk Democrat. What did you expect from him?

Taxpayer said...

"Como voted AGAINST Bloomberg's third term, on BEHALF of the people, and if people were given a special election regarding term limits, it would have cost taxpayers $15 million dollars!"

Como worried about the taxpayers' bank accounts. How about that?

But, back in June, when the "special election" had his name on the ballot and cost $15 million, he thought the election was super. Even though he ducked debates, and slurred his words at some he attended, and was especially stupid whenever he spoke, he entirely, totally, wholeheartedly believed that this expense was just right.

Como's purported claim to save money now may just have to do with the belief that any referendum to extend term limits would be defeated.

Perhaps he has a financial stake in his vote to extend term limits. Where else could he earn more than $25,000 or so a year? $112,500? That's worth a soul sale.

And, never forget that this miserable moron ASKED PERMISSION from BLOOMBERG and QUINN to vote the way he did!

No balls. No brains. No incumbency!

Good riddance Maltese and Gallagher hanger-on! You didn't even have the brains to separate yourself from those bacteria.

Anonymous said...

A Vote for Como is a Vote for Corruption, Backroom Politics, Maltese Self Interests, and Overdevelopment.

Send this no-talent hack packing along with the rest of his morally bankrupt staff.

Anonymous said...

The Trib couldn't even endorse Nunziato, while listing Markey's faults. This is the paper that calls for change in Albany, but still ends up endorsing the incumbents.

Anonymous said...

The following Queens Councilmembers stood up for democracy both times: Joe Addabbo, Tony Avella, Jim Gennaro, Eric Gioia, John Liu, Hiram Monserrate and David Weprin. You should thank them for defending the rights of the people.

Noted.

Anonymous said...

this time around our memories should remain long. katz must be defeated at any and all costs. her opponents whoever they may be, for whatever office she seeks will have my full financial support.

Anonymous said...

The Tribune had Anthony Como with the wrong group....He voted FOR THE PEOPLE....not for himself as the Tribune pictured him....Lets be fair now.