|NEW YORKERS, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 IS NEW YORK'S PRIMARY DAY - GET OUT AND VOTE|
By Gloria Dulan-Wilson
Before I tell you what you already know about how great the Democratic National Convention was - which just recently wrapped up in Charlotte, North Carolina - allow me to put some very important tasks on your agenda:
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2012 – TWO DAYS FROM NOW – IS A VERY IMPORTANT ELECTION DATE FOR NEW YORKERS. In case no one sent you the memo, there are several important races happening, and you have to make it your business to get up, get out, vote, and make sure everybody else does too. If we want to make sure New York maintains a majority that will fully support and implement President Obama's policies when he is re-elected in November, we have to do our part this September.
Now, I know this is an unusual date for New York, but in light of the fact that the 9/11 Ceremonies take place on Tuesday, the special election date was changed to accommodate the ceremonies. It's up to us to make the adjustment and show up at the polls as though we were voting for the President himself. And, in a sense, we are, really. These are the people we'll need, up and down the line to make sure his policies are not screwed up by some miscreant vengeful rep-ugh-blican who has no sense of humanity. SO GET UP, GET OUT, AND VOTE ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2012. Don't say nobody told you.
You can't afford to sleep this one – everything under the sun is up for grabs. While I do my share of political coverage, I by no means am an expert in totally understanding the ins and outs of New York Politics. It really is a horse of a different color.
But I would daresay, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Bronx, Queens – if you value your community, your safety and your future, you'd better be about it. The fact that there are so many seats and positions up for grabs indicates that this election is as pivotal as the Presidential election which takes place on November 6. It appears that there is very little in the way of PR about it – which is all the more reason we cannot be caught unawares.
Rather than list, individually, the names and status of the different candidates who are running, I am going to include the website from the BOARD OF ELECTIONS, so that you can pinpoint for yourselves the candidates that are running. Be prepared to walk in and vote, not really knowing who many of the candidates are – because there are several names I don't recognize myself.
I wanted to make sure you did not overlook this important link, so I included the entire portal. If you can't click on it, cut and paste it into your browser's address line.
We cannot afford to sit here like bumps on a log and not know what's going on in our communities, right under our noses.
Interesting isn't it, though New York did not impose any of the repressive voter ID and registration laws on us that others are fighting against throughout the country, they may not have to – we can just sit back in apathy and ignorance and accomplish the same thing self disenfranchisement – where lose our rights by default of the fact that we are not tuned in to what's up.
Well, not on my watch. Not on the watch of others like Brooklyn's District Leader Robert Cornegy in the 56th AD, who has been working tirelessly in the Obama campaign, while at the same time serving his community, Darlene Mealy, who was out meeting and greeting voters at the #3 Utica Station in Brooklyn. Mealy, a former transit worker, was elected because she saw the disparity in services in her community, as well. Inez Barron, who is running for re-election in the 60th Assembly District.
In addition to those I've mentioned, Brooklyn might also want to be aware of the following who are seeking to serve: Martin Milave Dilan, in the 18th Senatorial District; William Boyland in the 55th Assembly District; Walter Mosely III and Olanike Alabi are both running in the 57th Assembly District; Rodneyese Bichotte and Rhoda Jacobs are running in the 42nd Assembly District; Terry Hinds and N. Nick Perry are running in the 58th Assembly District; Cyril Joseph is running in the 54th Assembly District; Charles Barron running for Male State Committee member. These are key positions. Don't sleep this.
Those of you in these districts have very important jobs to do. Get out and vote, get out the vote, make sure everybody in your family, neighborhood, community votes. Get your vans mobilized to pick up the elderly; or just carpool with your neighbors – whatever it takes.
This is the dry run for November 6th's Presidential Election. Make no mistake about it.
You may also notice that there are a large number of opportunities to select Delegates to the Judicial Convention and their alternates. You may well ask, as I did, “Hmmmm, what in the Sam Hill is a judicial convention?” (Okay, you didn't say “sam hill”). But, since I thought inquiring minds might like to know why there is such a large, long list of people vying for these positions, I have included some info from Amazon.com's AskVille:
Question: What is a judicial convention? The real question is how are NY Supreme Court Justices selected? And the answer is they are nominated, usually from the ranks of Criminal Court, Civil Court or Family Court Judges by delegates from the judicial convention.
According to Askville: