Morning Read: ‘We Managed to Conduct a Successful Election’

hakeem grown up Morning Read: We Managed to Conduct a Successful Election

“First day of New Member Orientation. From Crown Heights to Capitol Hill!” (Photo: Facebook)

People involved in the David Patraeus affair should probably avoid this kind of juxtaposition.

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, a potential mayoral candidate who has been contemplating dropping down to the comptroller’s race, has reportedly made the decision to do so.

Despite Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s heavy criticism of LIPA, the utility isn’t completely independent from his control. “I talked about consolidating LIPA and the other energy agencies in my campaign two years ago,” he argued at a press conference. “Hopefully now we’re going to have the political will to actually do something about it.”

Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson on Inside City hall and speaking to Mr. Cuomo’s Moreland Commission to investigate the utility companies: “I spoke to the mayor about this this evening, I think we’re still learning some of the details. But the mayor thought, ‘Look, it’s a useful thing to find out what was done well and what wasn’t done well.’…The mayor certainly associated himself with some of the criticisms the governor has levied, especially against LIPA.”

GOP Senator David Storobin congratulated the Democrat who defeated him, Simcha Felder, for siding with the Republican caucus. “I welcome his decision to side with the party whose values align with those of the frum community. I hope he will fight for lower taxes, school vouchers and conservative social values,” he said.

The New York City Board of Elections, which last week left many polling sites without machines, ballots, and lines less than 4 hours, is pretty happy with their job. “We managed to conduct a successful election,” one commissioner said during yesterday’s hearings.”

State Senator Eric Adams disagreed:

In my Brooklyn Senate district, we heard from dozens of residents fed up with disorderly voting locations and unhelpful Board of Elections staff. Some even gave up and went home. And let’s not forget the voters who were still living without electricity and basic services, or without homes at all. Many wasted hours of precious time and energy waiting to simply mark and scan a ballot.

What a disgrace. But what can we do? We just have to suffer through the Election Day mayhem if we want to vote, right?

Wrong. The state can pass simple voting reforms to save us all from this massive headache-and increase voter turnout at the same time.