The resignation of Councilman Dennis Gallagher will force a special election sometime in late May or early June and will be an important vote for the residents of
According to the grapes, Anthony Como, Tom Ognibene and Elizabeth Crowley are throwing their hats into the tornado circulating around the 30th City Council district. We hope that when the dust and debris settle that the district gets the hat that fits best. Right now, if you take a look at three candidates, one seems to rise above the pack because he seems to be the only one without a few femurs and tibias in his closet.
As we all know Mr. Ognibene has had his share of problems regarding possible corruption allegations stemming from a 1997 investigation into the relationship with crooked buildings-consultant Ron Lattanzio. Consequently, political insiders feel that this scandal prevented the former councilmember from obtaining a judgeship. There is no doubt that Ognibene was an effective and popular elected official, however, we feel it is time for new blood, new leadership skills and new ideas for the 30th district.
Elizabeth Crowley is once again pursuing the seat even after being trounced by Gallagher in her previous election bid. In a recent head scratching statement, Ms. Crowley said, “I have so many established friends; it will enable me to win by a larger victory.” I’m not sure I would be so confident considering the alleged relationship with a certain Assemblyman facing federal jail time. Whether the allegations are true or not, I don’t think the 30th district needs another potential scandal on our hands.
Anthony Como appears to be the candidate who comes to us with an unblemished record. In addition, he is young, energetic and entrenched in the neighborhood. Also, let’s not forget that he has the distinguished Senator Maltese as a mentor, advisor and friend which will prove beneficial to
We should join together to ensure that the upcoming special election provides the district with the vigorous representation we deserve. Let this election be the demarcation from the same old politics and the watershed moment for a fresh, new and healthy symbiotic relationship between the constituency and their elected representative.