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Historians and philosophers usually agree with a statement made by John Buchan, a former governor-general of Canada, that “public life is to be regarded as the crown of a career. Politics is still the greatest and the most honorable adventure ....” And so we herald the end of an era of an epic exemplified by an honorable member of our community: state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose). The signers of this epilogue predict the senator will find a new avenue in pursuit of furthering his adventures as a statesman in the mold of some of our former presidents and retired congressional leaders.
Those of us who knew Frank have the highest regard for his forthrightness and unequivocal position on issues he believed were important to his constituency — his fearlessness and courage in representing a secondary political party surrounded by a vast sea of opposition. Time and again Padavan managed to convince the citizens in his district that they should keep him in office.
What was this magic formula he employed so successfully? How did he retain the support of the electorate who, time and again, for 38 years kept him as their representative, mentor and conscience? Undoubtedly he performed a service that was compatible to the majority of voters no matter what political spectrum or venue they represented. His office was open to citizens of every persuasion, ethnicity or partisanship. He was indeed personified as a legislator who was “a man for all the people.” Republicans, Democrats, liberals, conservatives, et al., could enter the portals of his office and engage in a meaningful dialogue.
Padavan was ubiquitous in his endeavors to meet the residents of his district no matter what circumstances prevailed. Losing this last election was a sad moment for those who knew Frank so well. Those who were the beneficiaries of his parental concerns wondered what the future will hold for him. Many who were the recipients of his earmarks fear life will not be the same without Frank as their source of security and support.
Our senator will prevail and further his contributions to the common good. His years of experience as an advocate for the people will not be forgotten and will, hopefully, continue in his soon-to-be role of as politician emeritus ad infinitum.
The signatories of this letter want to extend their gratitude for the 38 years of dedication and devotion Padavan rendered to his community and offer their personal thanks for the privilege of having worked with Frank and benefited from his concern, which he displayed so well for his constituency.
Ralph and Barbara Barba
Bernie and Carolyn Karoff
Bryan and Theresa Kiernan
Chet and Marion Szarejko
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