HOPEWELL JUNCTION, N.Y. — For the first time in nearly a century, New Yorkers will be voting to fill every single statewide office in the general Election on November 2, 2010. Additionally, all of the seats in the New York State House of Representatives and all of the seats in the New York State legislature are up for election, as are both U.S. Senate offices and all 29 US Congressional seats in New York. Many local offices are up for election as well. This is a historic opportunity for the people of the State of New York to truly “clean house” and give the State a much needed fresh start. It is our last, best chance to save New York from its impending ruination.
The 2010 election in New York State is also historic in that for the first time in 80 years, voters will no longer be using the old reliable curtained voting booths with the pull levers in a general Election, but instead will be filling in dots on paper ballots which are then fed into a computerized machine. These new machines debuted during the September 14 Primary, and there were serious problems with them statewide.
New York State’s government is entirely controlled by Democrats and the result of one party rule here has been devastating; high taxes, high unemployment, and rank institutionalized corruption at every level of the state government have gone fully unchecked due to quid pro quo cronyism.
New York is also suffering from the consequences of a federal government that is out of control while its representatives in Washington DC vote in lockstep with the Obama/Pelosi/Reid agenda regardless of how the people who live, work, and pay taxes in New York will be negatively impacted. Our Democratic Senators and Congresspersons have repeatedly chosen party loyalty over the best interests and the will of the people of the State of New York. This year New Yorkers have a chance to replace them all!
At the state level, for the past few years, New Yorkers have been inundated daily with fresh stories of shocking corruption, the overwhelming majority of them belonging exclusively to Democrats who have either had to resign in disgrace (some of which are either facing charges or have been convicted of crimes, including felonies) or are Democrat incumbents. The aforementioned Democrat incumbents are all open to de-election in just a few days!
While this year’s election has the potential to dramatically alter New York’s political landscape for years to come, the sad truth is that New York is a state whose voters tend to overwhelmingly and reflexively vote liberal, regardless of the amount of evidence of malfeasance surrounding many Democratic candidates.
The next Governor is widely predicted to be Andrew Cuomo, from the same party as the previous two, despite the fact that he is neck deep in the housing meltdown that was so destructive to the American economy, his failure as Attorney General to effectively investigate or prosecute much of the state entrenched corruption – much of which only came to light due to the vigilance of the press, and his reputation as a nasty career politician who is part and parcel of the national laughingstock that is Albany’s dysfunction.
The importance of electing, to the offices of Attorney General and Comptroller, people who are free of the taint of scandal and cronyism endemic in our government is more important than ever because they can act as effective checks and balances against the institutionalized corruption of one party rule.
This could be the most important election for New York in 100 years, please vote wisely.