No solutions to voting issues
Oct 31, 2012 | 2039 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor:

Last month, I complained about the sad situation for Kew Gardens Hills voters. No progress has been made since, despite the promise made by our assemblyman Michael Simanowitz.

We now have two unacceptable voting sites: St. Nicholas of Tolentine, a Catholic church in Hillcrest which is off limits to most Orthodox Jewish voters and too far away for others without cars; and the Kew Gardens Hills Library, which is too small to handle the large voter turnout expected on Nov. 6.

Assemblyman Simanowitz said he'd work with the Board of Elections to restore our traditional polling place, P.S. 164, which the Dept. of Justice cited as unsuitable for disabled voters.

That problem can be solved by opening the school's side entrance on 77th Ave. to allow easy access to the gym. Nothing has been done so far, or at least, nothing that's been reported.

Our two other elected officials - Councilman James Gennaro and State Senator Joe Adabbo - have also done nothing to correct this situation. Unless all three step up to the plate, most Kew Gardens Hills voters will be disenfranchised on Nov. 6.

That is "not optimal," to use President Barack Obama's phrase describing the U.S. disaster in Libya. Whoever is responsible for this mess must be voted out of office. But we can't do that, because we have no place to vote.

Sincerely,

Richard Reif

Kew Gardens Hills

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