Thursday, May 19, 2011
How about an election instead of a coronation?
"Inquiring minds would like to know why it is that the voters in the County of Nassau, as well as elsewhere in NY State, get to elect their County Clerk and their District Attorney while similar residents of NY State and U.S. Citizens are not permitted to elect their County Clerk because they reside in New York City, instead having that position filed by a non-elected Judge, but are permitted to elect their District Attorney, who like the County Clerk is not a City or State governmental official, but is a "County" governmental official? I hold no animus toward our new County Clerk, in fact don't know her at all, but I don't understand how such an appointment is sustainable under the U.S. Constitution and the Supreme Court's rulings of "one man one vote" in general and the series of cases involving the NYC Board of Estimate v. Morris (1989) that sustained such doctrine for NY State and NY City. Republicans are not likely to elect the Queens County Clerk, in fact I suspect if an election was held in November Ms. Pheffer would win, but at least the people would decide and more importantly there might come a time when another political party or through the primary process another candidate might emerge four or more years hence. Right now we live in "Idi Amin's Uganda" because we have a County Clerk for Life! Don't you folks think you should bring this matter to the attention of the Federal Judges of the EDNY for determination and perhaps free us from this tyranny and give us the same rights as other US citizens residing in New York State?" - Walter Kowsh on Facebook