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Offline Shelby2

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Re: 2009 NYC Council Elections
« Reply #30 on: August 05, 2009, 11:37:32 PM »
hold on, she's 80 years old?

I did a double-take when I saw that, too.

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Re: 2009 NYC Council Elections
« Reply #31 on: August 06, 2009, 08:15:20 AM »
she was already an old timer in politics when i moved to queens in 1989.....

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Re: 2009 NYC Council Elections
« Reply #32 on: August 06, 2009, 05:16:59 PM »
How can she 'represent a 'tiny number of people' if she has been elected twice?

Don't you have to have a majority vote to win an election? (2000 Presidential campaign excepted.)

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Re: 2009 NYC Council Elections
« Reply #33 on: August 06, 2009, 05:28:31 PM »
Local elections have extremely low turn out, split that number 3 or more ways and it's not too hard to win with a relatively small amount of votes. You don't need 51% just 34% in a 3 way race, or even 26% in a 4 way race, and so on and so forth.
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Re: 2009 NYC Council Elections
« Reply #34 on: August 07, 2009, 12:14:15 AM »
Perhaps a little balance to the sugar coated Helen Leaning poorly written Daily News Article:

http://citycouncilwatch.com/journal/2009/6/8/weep-bitter-tears-for-helen-sears.html

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Re: 2009 NYC Council Elections
« Reply #35 on: August 11, 2009, 06:52:52 PM »
Thank you Aronan, for sharing this insightful article.  And I think that those of you out there who say Helen Sears has done nothing, can bow your heads in shame.

I know that I often wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat, thinking of all of the New Yorkers who have gone to furniture stores to purchase a coffee table, only to have the store delivering the coffee table fail to complete the delivery on schedule.  For years, I’ve wondered who is looking out for these poor individuals.  

And Helen Sears has offered a solution!  

Licensing!!!  

All furniture stores should be licensed!!!  We all know that licensed professionals always deliver goods and services on time!  Thank about your cable carrier!  Think about the plumber that your management company said would be there between 2 and 4. No one with a license would be late for an appointment!

I think that all furniture store owners should undergo a rigorous oral and written examination, followed by a complex set of bureaucratic applications, just to keep out the riff raff.   Furniture buying is a very important part of New York life.  And furniture buyers need protection.  


This is one of the most urgent issues facing New Yorkers today.  And who has taken on the challenge of protecting us?

Helen Sears. She is the champion of furniture purchasers everywhere.  

And you thought she hadn't done anything in the past 8 years......
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Offline Aronan

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Re: 2009 NYC Council Elections
« Reply #36 on: August 11, 2009, 09:23:04 PM »
you know KC come to think of it, I now realize how important it is to have a licensed furniture store. Here I am in an apartment full of unlicensed furniture. I don't know where it came from or who sold it to me. For all I know it could all wake up in the middle of the night and come eat me and my cats.  How silly  I was to purchase furniture from an unlicensed dealer. Thank you, thank you Helen for opening my eyes to the error of my ways.
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create such an effect, how much more will be produced by one who cares for greater things ?" -Chunag Tse

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Re: 2009 NYC Council Elections
« Reply #37 on: August 11, 2009, 09:50:38 PM »
I wonder how old her picture is in all these articles... no way does she look 80 in those.

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Re: 2009 NYC Council Elections
« Reply #38 on: August 20, 2009, 01:01:02 PM »

Transportation Alternatives has set up a website which includes candidate positions on local transportation policy.
Take a look:

Daniel Dromm
http://tacandidatesurvey.org/candidate/138

Helen Sears
http://tacandidatesurvey.org/candidate/285

Also, there will be City Council debate hosted by Transporation Alternatives
on Tuesday, August 25th 7pm
at the Diversity Center of Queens
76-11 37th Avenue, 2nd Floor.

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Re: 2009 NYC Council Elections
« Reply #39 on: August 21, 2009, 09:01:58 AM »
The survey has a wide range of useful questions, involving parking issues, speeding, bus rapid transit options, and safer access to mass-transit. For those of us who advocate for safer streets, it great to see the candidates take the time to answer the questions.

I can't make the candidate forum, but I hope there will be a great turnout. Many in our community have huge issues with transportation policies as well as police enforcement, now is the time to help push elected officials to advocate for change.

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Re: 2009 NYC Council Elections
« Reply #40 on: August 21, 2009, 11:10:32 AM »
Did Stanley J. Kalathara not respond to the questionnaire? Or was he not included in this process? Just asking... I'd like to hear every opinion on the issue.

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Re: 2009 NYC Council Elections
« Reply #41 on: August 21, 2009, 11:22:34 AM »
I don't know what the situation is with Stanley Kalathara's questionnaire other than one isn't posted on the TA site. But according to Transportation Alternatives, Stanley Kalathara (along with Dromm and Sears) is confirmed to participate in the City Council debate coming up on Tuesday, August 25th at 7pm at the Diversity Center 76-11 37th Avenue, 2nd Floor.

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« Reply #42 on: August 21, 2009, 03:08:33 PM »
TA tried its best to contact all potential candidates to participate in the survey, but many did not, including Kalathara.

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Re: 2009 NYC Council Elections
« Reply #43 on: August 21, 2009, 11:48:11 PM »


Citizens Union of the City of New York is an independent, nonpartisan, civic organization of members
who promote good government and advance political reform in the city and state of New York.
For more than a century, Citizens Union has served as a watchdog for the public interest and an advocate
for the common good. Citizens Union, which was recently described by the New York Times as the influential
government watchdog group, works to ensure fair elections, clean campaigns, and open, effective government
that is accountable to the citizens of New York.


Daniel Dromm
http://www.citizensunion.org/www/cu/site/hosting/VoterDirectories/2009PE/CD25_Dromm.pdf

Stanley Kalathara
http://www.citizensunion.org/www/cu/site/hosting/VoterDirectories/2009PE/CD25_Kalathara.pdf

Helen Sears
http://www.citizensunion.org/www/cu/site/hosting/VoterDirectories/2009PE/CD25_Sears.pdf

Offline Aronan

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Re: 2009 NYC Council Elections
« Reply #44 on: August 22, 2009, 11:45:10 AM »
All three candidates did respond to the Citizens Union Survey, so if you're looking for some perspective on Kalathatra you can see his responses here:

http://www.jacksonheightslife.com/community/index.php?topic=3205.0

I warn you though, be prepared to be underwhelmed by his answers.
"It is widely recognized that the courageous spirit of a
single man can inspire to victory an army of
thousands. If one concerned with ordinary gain can
create such an effect, how much more will be produced by one who cares for greater things ?" -Chunag Tse

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Re: 2009 NYC Council Elections
« Reply #44 on: August 22, 2009, 11:45:10 AM »