An excellent summary of why you folks out east should stick with Padavan tomorrow:
...Gennaro has proven a prolific fundraiser with the vast majority of the funds coming from real estate and construction interests from outside the district which may in and of itself become an issue in the bedroom communities of North Eastern Queens, where voters are keenly focused on quality of life issues and staving off over-development.
Against this backdrop, Gennaro's tactic of attacking veteran Senator Padavan for not reforming Albany would seem ineffective and unlikely to resonate with area voters. All the more since Padavan has a long record of advocating for greater transparency and accountability. He recently sponsored a bill that would strengthen disclosure requirements for lobbyists that also act as political consultants, because there are arguably inherent conflicts of interest in meshing the two roles. Where Council Member Gennaro stands on this bill will also be of interest, given his past support from the Parkside Group.
Moreover, as the old adage goes, people in glass houses should not throw stones. Given the slush fund scandals plaguing the City Council, Gennaro being flagged for community newspaper advertising with public dollars complaints and Gennero’s past fines for misuse of public employees and his public offices.
Gennaro might be better served not to attempt to position himself as a reformer in future debates.
Otherwise, reporters and others may just start asking him questions with greater particularity. For instance, less interesting than past ethics violation was Gennaro’s hiring of Arnold Kriss, one of New York’s most renown, accomplished and effective criminal defense attorneys to represent him in this affair (and the extraordinary sum of money he reputedly paid for that representation far exceeding the eventual fine or apparent exposure).
In short, in a district that is just about 3-to-1 Democrat to Republican, Gennaro's most credible tact has to be to state repeatedly "vote for me because I am and Democrat" and leave it at that.
Amen. On a personal note, even though I live in western Queens I have met both candidates.
Padavan: Impressed me with how extremely knowledgeable he was about every issue we discussed.
Gennaro: Came off as a clueless slimeball.