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Reminder: Special Election Today. Don't Forget To Vote!


Voters head to the polls today for the special election to decide the new representative for the 9th Congressional District – the seat vacated by Anthony Weiner.

Not sure where you can vote? Registered voters can find their polling station using this online tool.

As most readers should know by now, the candidates of the two major parties are David Weprin (Democrat) and Bob Turner (Republican), both of whom the New York Times had trouble finding a kind word for. They summed up the ballot as such:

There’s the Democrat, Assemblyman David I. Weprin, who has been in politics a long time, usually without seeing his name and the word “dynamic” appear in the same sentence.

The designated Republican, Robert L. Turner, is a retired television executive who comes across as someone looking for a way to keep himself occupied now that he has entered his eighth decade.

To describe it as a race between the plodder and the dilettante is surely unkind. It will be left to others to decide if it is inaccurate.

In opinion polls leading up to the election, Bob Turner was most recently the front runner, sparking a concentrated – and political-star-studdedfinal push from the Weprin campaign these last few days. But Turner has been casting his candidacy – for a position as a half-term junior congressman with little power – as a rebuke of the Obama administration, an attempt that appears to resound with voters in a once fervently Democratic district.

Depending on who you ask, the main issues in this election are Israel, entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare, and that perennial bugaboo – taxes.

On Israel, both candidates are right-leaning. Weprin, an Orthodox Jew, has positioned himself as a critic of the Obama Administration’s policies, particularly the president’s claim that any peace negotiations be based on pre-1967 borders. Turner also opposes the plan, but the issue managed to become a major part of the campaign narrative when Turner received an early endorsement from Democrat Ed Koch, who said a vote for Turner would be show Obama what’s what.

Weprin, meanwhile, has focused as much of his campaign on Social Security and Medicare, saying he would defend the current payouts and not slash away at it. He claims Bob Turner’s proposal to radically slash the federal budget by about a third would force severe cuts to the entitlement programs. Turner, though, said he would make changes to the program without cutting it, but admitted that it would mean raising the payout age and increasing co-pays.

In his economic proposal, Weprin suggests taxing millionaires and closing corporate tax loopholes would be the most effective approach to closing the debt; a proposal slammed by “I never met a tax loophole I didn’t like” Bob Turner, who said that such a plan would slow growth.

Locally, neither candidate has been able to say much more than a throw-away line about Sheepshead Bay or its surrounding communities. They both remain unfamiliar with the neighborhood and have pledged to learn more once they win, and both say they’ll have duel district offices in Brooklyn and Queens. It’s ironic – and unfortunate – because as the most junior representative in the congressional body, they won’t have much say over taxes, Israel, entitlement programs… or really much of anything. But what they will have is the ability to help be a voice for constituents on local issues, amplifying concerns to D.C. and playing bully with city and state agencies.

Too bad they have no idea what they’ll be fighting for when the time comes.

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  1. I was there (1311 Brightwater Ave.) about 6:30 am. Chaos!  And there seemed to be about 5 poll workers for every voter (4 voters). Don’t waste your franchise . Vote.

  2. It’s only a year we have to put up with one of these dudes anyway. Then some new gerrymandering will occur. I heard that Sheepshead Bay is going to be in the same congressional district as an area of Buffalo.

      Yeah, everyone please vote. Everyone has the right to choose the candidate of my choice…. ummmmmm, geez, that narcissism strikes at the strangest times, never mind!

  3. on my way home from work, will vote. I should have done so this morning since my daughter actually goes to school at the polling center near me, but didn’t want to be late for work…

  4. 2 more lame duck candidates trying to be a part of a lame duck congress. The one who gets my vote will be the one who removes political exemption from the national do-not-call registry so I don’t get 20 fucking robocalls a day. This type of shit is harassment and does nothing to encourage voters, but rather it infuriates and deters voter outcome.

  5. Bob, we will definitely forget. Choosing between you and the other guy is like choosing between syphilis or gonorrhea.

  6. “Locally, neither candidate has been able to say much more than a
    throw-away line about Sheepshead Bay or its surrounding communities.”
    Ned is right. These two will not even step a foot in to Sheepshead if they elected or not. Ned is also 100% on these two jokers will not be able to do anything about the issues they talked about.

    I would gladly have voted for a guy who simply would promise to fix roads on Belt and Sheepshead Bay. That’s an attainable goal, very safe issue (who would not want good roads?), and this issue speaks to everyone rich and poor.

    We had this fucking Weiner and he was good enough. Now I need to chose between lesser evil.

    Stay out of Sheepshead Bay, deadbeat!  Keep your ugly fucking goldbricking ass out of my beach community! Obscure reference 🙂

  7. I will, toss a coin, write in Weiner, take this seriously or go take pics. Maybe 2 of the afore mentioned. And….the phone is still ringing.

  8. I don’t like getting any calls from politicians, whether they are live or recorded. I don’t think people do want them. Both parties should realize that they might well have the effect of keeping some people away from the polls altogether.

  9. Why is Israel ALWAYS a topic during ALL elections?  What about their stance on France, Germany, China, etc…..??? Really PO’d that OUR politics are run by OTHER countries!! I want someone elected that will focus on at least my COUNTRY and MY neighborhood…  not worry about borders and illegal occupations…and countless TAX-PAYER PAID TRIPS TO ISRAEL (hello CHUCK SCHUMER)-  You get into office by OUR votes – pay attention to US HERE!!!

  10. What about our seniors and handicapped that can not get to an election center? Is there a way for them to vote proxy?, Or do they lose the right to vote?
    Their experience within the history of our area should not go unrecognized.
    So please, is there a way for them to make their mark count?

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