Joseph R Concannon
Hurricane Sandy has managed to throw whole communities into disarray and completely destroy homes, families and entire neighborhoods. Last evening Joe Concannon was present at the Bayside Historical Society wherein a number of these issues were discussed with candidates for City Council in the 19th CD.
Joe agrees that community maintenance issues are compelling for all communities. Timely scheduling of these services needs to be properly in place and quality work performed. The proper maintenance and care for our waste systems, trees, utility services are critical during times of emergency. Many of these preservation issues are missed at the City Council, why? Because many times the Council is focused on Manhattan centric issues. While important to Manhattan and the City’s overall thriving economy, the preservation issues in Eastern Queens are equally as important.
Joe reports one item brought up last night could have been one of those, “Shovel Ready” jobs we heard talked so much about during Obama’s “stimulus program” wherein millions of dollars got wasted and saw no return on the funds allocated. Precisely, the removal of overhead wires on street utility poles to underground systems is an excellent idea. Why is this such a good idea? Ask the millions of residents about their experience during Hurricane Sandy.
Many residents waited weeks because of fallen trees clipping power and communication lines running overhead on street utility poles during the storm. The homebound, seniors and just good old fashion run of the mill residents like Joe who lost power, lost their connection to what was going on regarding the storm, its status and our continuing reliance on television for up to the minute reporting regarding our safety outside and indoor practical safety guidance during a storm.
Joe stated it was not lost to him that in Queens County and the City, representatives in Congress, the state and the city are overwhelmingly from the Democratic Party. These representatives have within their collective power the ability to get these and many other important things done, just because of their large numbers. Joe asserts, this more of the same old thing. More incumbents are thinking that they own their seats, that they whip everyone up, capture a photo and move on. They bring up good ideas at forums like last night’s and issues such as the above, which merit consideration, but never get acted upon.
Even though this idea warrants implementation, it’s a safety and security issue for our residents. Truly, the Queens Democratic Party must have some clout with President Obama’s Federal Aviation Administration, if the Queens Democrats really wanted to solve the ever continuing saga (let’s keep it alive, with the pretense of being concerned) of the airliner flight patterns over our homes which plagues Eastern Queens residents it would be a done deal.
This is one of the reasons why Joe is on the Reform Party line, anti-incumbent, anti-crime, anti-corruption and sweeping change to put the power back in the hands of the people and demand that first and foremost we ensure the safety and security of our citizens and residents here in NYC.
This November, send a shock wave into the ranks of the go along to get along crowd and elect our candidate Joe Concannon for City Council in the 23rd District.