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September 14, 2014

The Worst of Politics


EditorialI first heard of this situation about six weeks ago. When I received the information I didn’t really know how to react to it because it came through political channels and I’m pretty cynical when it comes to politics. In fact, some years ago I changed my political status to Independent because I was fed up with the major political parties. I vote for the person and the issues, not the party.

If true, what I was hearing was terrible. Frankly, it exemplified the worst of what we’ve unfortunately come to expect of some politicians, but I decided to wait and not react until the facts were better known.

Before I go further, I want to say that I don’t think all politicians are bad. In fact, I’ve come to know several politicians pretty well and they are wonderful people who I think went into politics for the right reasons and are truly trying to make a difference and a contribution. However, there are others who can only be thought of as sleaze. This is about the sleazy side of politics.

It is alleged that Republican members of the NY State Assembly hired an investigator, Adam Rosenblatt, to secretly plant a GPS device on State Assemblyman Edward Hennessey’s car in an effort to try to show that Assemblyman Hennessey didn’t actually live in the 3rd District. Republican Assemblyman candidate Dean Murray filed a petition using this information to disprove Assemblyman Hennessey’s 3rd District residency and knock him off the ballot, but State Supreme Court Justice Arthur Pitt dismissed the petition filed by Dean Murray. Justice Pitt found that Assemblyman Hennessey actually sleeps, “Virtually every night” at his home in Shirley therefore establishing his residency in the 3rd District. When asked about the appropriateness of secretly planting a GPS device on a political opponent’s car, the Chairman of the Brookhaven Republican party said, “It is legal.” According to the New York Daily News, State GOP Chairman, Ed Cox, said, “The tracking was perfectly legal.”

Shame on everyone involved in this sleaze. Shame on you for thinking of it, shame on you for doing it, and shame on you for trying to use this kind of political crap for your own benefit. With so much that needs fixing in the world, it’s time our political parties started trying to fix things rather than thinking only about their own political gains.

By Clicking Here, you can read a transcript of the NY State Supreme Court proceedings.



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Larry Sribnick

Larry Sribnick