Letter to the Editor;
I have voted in every election since I became of age many, many moons ago. I am a proud female Hispanic Democrat but more importantly I am an informed voter. I listen to debates, read extensively about the candidates’ positions/voting record, check who contributes to their campaigns before I make a decision. Being an informed voter is of paramount importance especially in local elections where the candidates’ positions/votes affect us directly. The 11th Senatorial District in Queens, a predominately Democratic district, has voted for Senator Frank Padavan, a Republican, for the past 35 years. This has been accomplished without negative campaigns, intrusive phone calls, or myriad of mailings. They have voted for Senator Padavan because he is dedicated, hard working and not beholden to special interests groups. Senator Padavan represents his constituents’ best interests regardless if said interests are politically popular or not.
The counting of the 2008 Senatorial votes has taken a disproportionate amount of time. Now that the New York City Board of Elections has voted to uphold, formalize and finalize the prior bi-partisan ruling declaring certain ballots invalid Councilman Gennaro must stop stalling and making futile attempts to change the established guidelines. It diminishes us all, as well our Democracy, if unqualified ballots are counted regardless of who cast them. We, the tax payers of the 11 Senatorial District in Queens, need representation in Albany. We need Senator Padavan fighting on our behalf.
Member Concerned Residents of Jamaica Estates and the JEA