Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Chocolate Maltese and Candy Addabbo

Interesting piece on City Limits.org regarding the hotly contested race in State Senate district 15, which might affect which party takes control of the whole kit and caboodle. Dems already control the Assembly and the Governorship.

District 15's Forest Hills portion encompasses roughly everything south of Exeter. So my car can vote, but not me. Here it the map PDF, but it's a biggie http://www.vote.nyc.ny.us/pdf/maps/sd/sd15.pdf.

I know very little about these two men - only that they both fought congestion pricing. If anyone in District 15 has an insight, please post in the comments.

The local political blog City Limits.org summarizes the race:

To take control of the legislature's upper house, Democrats probably need City Councilman Joseph Addabbo, Jr. to beat Maltese, who's served since 1989, and Councilman James Gennaro to oust Padavan, who has held his seat since 1973.

I briefly reviewed Addabbo and Maltese's websites and came across with a few initial impressions. Remember, I'm not voting in this one (I'm in the Huntley/Other Guy district) and don't know the candidates all that well, so please review the sites yourself.

From Addabbo's. Liked:
  • Worked with the MTA to provide better bus service along the QM15 and QM11.
  • Crafted the New York City Adopt-a-Park Law, which allows individuals, community groups, businesses and corporations to help in preserving our parks and supporting recreational programs.
  • Improved reporting on legislative budget additions including capital projects and member items.

Disliked:
  • Supports strengthening existing rent control and rent stabilization laws. (rent control and stabilization ensures higher rents across the board - should be eliminated today).


From Maltese. Liked:
  • Obtained a $75,000 grant that will allow Forest Park Senior Center to continue to provide vital assistance and services to seniors in Forest Hills and the surrounding communities.
  • Communicated directly to Commissioner Maura McCarthy and requested that a traffic light to be installed at the intersection of Myrtle Avenue and 71st Place.
  • Joined members of the New York State Senate Task Force on Critical Choices to introduce legislation to increase penalties for illegal drag racing.
Disliked:
  • (Feb. 2008) State Senator Serphin R. Maltese (Queens) and Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer (Queens) today praised legislation passed today that will allow racing to continue at Aqueduct and ensure the surrounding community is involved in the process. (Aqueduct racing has been a lost cause for years. NYRA should have long ago put all its resources into Belmont which is a superior track but needs help. Should take same approach with the Big A as Bloomberg has with West Side Rail Yards - build new. Latest Video Slot controversy is latest boondoggle).
Who do you like today?