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Thank you to all my readers and I consider all the readers of the “Dishing with Dee” column and “Focus on Queens” photo page friends. I am thanking you for your phone calls and e-mails asking what happened last week as there was no column or photo page.
Not to worry, my dears, nothing disastrous transpired. It was just a week taken off for a quasi-vacation that was long overdue. How long can you continue running on empty without a change of pace?
Before vacation time, I managed to cover the 107th Precinct’s National Night Out Against Crime, held at the Electchester Shopping Center parking lot. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly opted for the 107th to be their Queens stop for the evening. The mayor selects one precinct in each of the five boroughs to visit on that particular night.
Some of our other Queens luminaries who attended were Queens District Attorney Richard Brown; Borough President Helen Marshall; Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski; state Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn, whose district the 107th Precinct is located in; state Sen. Toby Stavisky; City Councilmen David Weprin, Jim Gennaro and Rory Lancman; and many others too numerous to mention. But let’s not forget the commanding officer of the 107th Precinct, Deputy Inspector Stephen Cerabisi, and Carol Ann Foley of the 107th Community Council. Their cooperation helped make it all happen.
Now to get on to our favorite topic-local politics. It would seem all the candidates were busy filing objections against each other for the Democratic primaries. Some had only one or two objections, others had more.
Of course, this was only the first step in the process. First, they went before the city Board of Elections to file their objections. If they were not satisfied with the board’s decision, the second step was to take your challenge to court. There is never a dull or inexpensive moment in the world of politics.
Constantine Kavadas and Isaac Sasson both had six objections filed. The challenges were dropped by the Board of Elections, but both men were headed to court this week to duke it out. The challenges were dropped by the Board of Elections, but both are now headed to court. Yen Chou and James Wu were also taking their challenges to court. All of the above mentioned candidates are running in the 20th Council District for John Liu’s seat and so far the 20th seems to be the most contentious district of all.
Speaking of politics and politicians, where have all the politicians gone in the 19th Council District — poster-wise, that is? Up until last week, the North Shore Diner on the corner of Francis Lewis and Northern boulevards on their double window entrance had posters of Paul Vallone, Jerry Iannece, Bob Schwartz, Steve Behar, Kevin Kim and Bob Friedrich. Then someone decided all the posters were blocking the customers’ view and condensed them all onto one window, which meant they were overlapping each other. A few days later, all the poster disappeared and both windows were devoid of the politicians via their posters. What happened, guys? One can only speculate.
In any event, it should be interesting to see who survives the Board of Elections objections as well as the court’s decisions. All of this is important if you want to win the primary.
That’s it for this week.
I look forward to hearing from you with information on people, parties and politics or gossip.
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Till next week, Dee.
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