We understand that candidates for political office have to outline their positions and agendas so voters can know if he or she is someone they can get behind, but a few aspiring elected officials around the city are acting like they've already tasted victory at the polls
A Republican City Council candidate in south Brooklyn, Bob Capano, isn't too warm to a proposal to open heroin injection facilities staffed by medical professionals where addicts can go to get their fix in a safe environment. Or even examine it.
Last week, the City Council allocated $100,000 to study the idea.
Capano appeared on the Drive at Five with Curtis Sliwa radio show to announce that he has started a petition for people opposed to the proposal, which technically isn't actually a proposal.
“Any funds spent on this issue should be focused on breaking the addicts' dependency on drugs, not taking a step that basically decriminalizes the use of heroin,” he said on Sliwa's show. “This is another example of the misplaced priorities of City Hall. We need some sanity and common sense.”
We're not saying common ordinary citizens don't have a right to start a petition championing or opposing a cause they feel strongly about, but maybe we could wait and see the results of the study before we start scaring people into thinking that their “vacant storefronts will become a 'supervised injection facility.'”
And fresh off her victory in the Democratic Primary to replace Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, candidate Stacy Pheffer Amato isn't wasting any time. She put out a press release this week demanding that the MTA suspend the Cross Bay Bridge toll for one day this December during the Taste of Rockaway festival, even penning a letter to MTA Bridges and Tunnel president Donald Spero addressing the issue.
How about you call us when you actually get elected to office!
But probably the most egregious case of someone jumping the gun is Assembly candidate Yuh-Line Niou, the former member of Assembly Ron Kim's staff who won a Democratic Primary to replace disgraced former speaker Sheldon Silver.
Niou is apparently already sponsoring legislation addressing the closure of nursing homes following the whole Rivington House debacle on the Lower East Side, co-sponsored with State Senator Daniel Squadron.
Nevermind the fact that she isn't even officially in office yet! Just a minor detail, we guess.
We guess if you want something done, you just have to get it done yourself. Inspired, we hear at Pol Position have decided we don't need to wait until anybody decides to elect us to office to get some of our top-notch, big-league ideas put into action.
First up, we will introduce legislation to remove the informal designation of “Taco Tuesday” in New York City and make it official. Among the perks, half-price tacos citywide and alternate-side parking rules will be suspended.
Any co-sponsors? Come on, don't be shy!