Election rejection
Mar 06, 2019 | 5044 views | 0 0 comments | 494 494 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor,

I went to the Board of Election's polling site at Kew Gardens Hills' Vleigh Place library on February 26, hoping to cast my vote in the Public Advocate election.

Even though this is the nearest site to my home at 138th Street and 77th Avenue, BOE workers gave me a referral slip to vote at P.S. 165 at 70th Avenue and 150th Street, much further away.

When I asked why, they said this is a "temporary" voting site for my neighborhood until our permanent site at P.S. 164 (across the street from me) is made accessible to disabled voters.

When might that be, I inquired. "Ask your city councilman," replied the BOE worker. In fact, I asked Rory Lancman that question at the library's reopening ceremony in September 2017. He promised me it would be ready in time for last fall's General Election. It still isn't nearly four months later.

Ironically, his campaign staff e-mailed me on February 25 asking that I sign a petition to get his name on the ballot as a candidate for Queens District Attorney in June's primary election. I said I would refuse to sign and urge other voters to do the same until we get our polling site restored.

How can we elect him as D.A. if he doesn't keep a simple promise?

BOE workers consoled me by handing out an "I Voted" sticker, which I rewrote to read: "I tried to vote." I hope that I don't have to repeat this pathetic process in June.


Richard Reif

Kew Gardens Hills

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