Letters to the editor

Stanton running negative campaign


To the editor:

When voters go to the polls on Sept. 10, they will be nominating candidates for mayor, public advocate and City Council. I imagine they will want to consider the records of the candidates as well as their stands on issues and how they intend to make their platforms a reality.

When I decide how I cast my ballot I also consider the manner in which candidates conduct themselves, and I try to determine which candidate I think will have the greatest ability to work with others to get the job done. If anyone had even the slightest doubt as to which candidate for City Council does not conduct himself in an appropriate manner and who clearly lacks the ability to build effective coalitions, all one has to do is read the recent Points of View article by candidate Cliff Stanton.

 In what could only be described as a rant, Mr. Stanton levels numerous false charges. And in a most bizarre campaign tactic, he fires (or misfires) most of his bullets at me, as if I were his opponent. He starts by referring to “the corruption scandal that has rocked the Bronx political establishment,” as if the two Bronx legislators were central players in borough politics or had any connection to our 11th Council District. 

 Sometimes wildly throwing the kitchen sink at your opposition works. But sometimes people are too smart for it. Stating that I “hijacked” the community board not only does not make it so, it is also insulting to the dozens of community leaders who tirelessly serve on the board. 

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Get out the violin. It's amazes me Mr.Dinowitz had the time to write this letter between the many luncheons and photo opportunities on his "busy" schedule.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Who is running? Mr Dinowitz? Mr Cohen? I think the voters are confused. Speaking truths doesnt make a candidate nasty. Does Mr Dinowitz think that Mr Stanton would back down simply because he is asked to? I think Mr Stanton is calling Mr Dinowitz on his behavior. Specifically, that he has been acting as Mr Cohen's campaign manager, rather than as the assemblyman. It appears from all the joint photo-ops with mr Cohen, that Mr Dinowitz has used his office and the public's money to run Mr Cohen's campaign. Telling the truth may be an unpopular tactic, and certainly ruffle one's feathers, but it is by no stretch nasty. It calls a spade a spade. The real nasty are the politicians who are seemingly oblivious to the subjective character assasination style reporting that is the Review. As our assemblyman, Mr Dinowitz has failed to care about the Review's relentless. character assassinations of our local principals, parents associations, and community activists. He is not stood up for the principles of right and wrong. Mr. Stanton was the only one to confront the Review. This got him in more hot water, and certainly nobody wants to be attacked by the Review, but he didnt back down. Mr. Stanton is extremely hard working and extremely committed to the children of the district, to the small business owners, and to the maintenance of our natural world from overzealous and politically connected development. And he stands on his own two feet. Can Mr Cohen say that? Or does he need to run it by Mr Dinowitz?

Monday, May 20, 2013