This is especially true, he feels, in bad economic times and during a recession. The Gazette agrees heartily.
Ricatto is a Republican but he will be listed first on Tuesday's ballot, not as a Republican but under the slogan, "Voice of the People". Party affiliations are not listed on ballots in special elections. Candidates for the elections will be listed from left to right; therefore, Ricatto will be listed first on the far left of the ballot. He earned that placement by being the first candidate to submit his nominating petitions.
Ricatto and three other candidates are running to replace former Councilmember Joseph Addabbo Jr., who was elected last November to the state senate.
The district includes Ozone Park and Howard Beach, Woodhaven, Broad Channel and parts of the Rockaways.