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Political hopefuls kept off ballots

The theory behind the city giving six taxpayer dollars to all candidates for each dollar they raise was to allow candidates with limited funds to compete with deep pocket candidates who ran for office. Let the public hear from everyone and city residents will provide matching funds so every voice is heard.

Great in theory, nonsense in practice.

Believe it or not, but a good part of the money is being used for the opposite reason for which it was intended. It is being used to keep candidates off the ballot and silencing truth and justice.

Queens County Supreme Court lawyers, who specialize in election law cases, were clogging court halls, challenging petitions filed by their clients’ opponents. The attorneys were paid with money supplied by the city.

The matching funds, instead of being used to inform, were used to keep the opposition off the ballot.

Kenneth Lloyd Brown

Forest Hills

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