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Re: Elections and Apathy

Posted by TenantNet on October 17, 1998 at 22:22:47:

In Reply to: Re: Elections and Apathy posted by isaac on October 13, 1998 at 12:26:39:

: I did not recommend that we vote for Vallone. I said that there were at least two other viable candidates on the ballot.
: The important point is that we must PUNISH Pataki for what he did last year to us, and vote against him.

If you're looking to punish Pataki, do it for the continued gutting of DHCR,
but what happened on the rent law renewal issue, was primarily Bruno and
Shel Silver (aided by Vallone). Silver is the one who really sold out
tenants. We're not defending Pataki, but don't be blinded by the necessity of
finding someone to blame to ignore what really happened behind the scenes.

: If we tenants who were so united last year

Tenants were not united -- it's a myth...

: cannot bring down Pataki for what he did to us, then we lose any
credibility that we can influence these guys (remember the slogan
on our hats at last year's Albany rally: "We are tenants, and we vote."

Tenants got conned by Mike Mckee of NYSTNC, Shel Silver and Vito Lopez.

: Whomever we elect this year as replacement for Pataki will get a
chance to prove himself as a Governor. In the meantime, Pataki has shown
himself as anti-tenants and an ally of Bruno, and we must do our utmost
to remove him from the governorship so that he won't be able to inflict
on us further damage.

We don't recommend a vote for Pataki, but also not for Vallone. And certainly
not for the so-called "Working Families" Party. Al Lewis sounds real good,
and we've heard his wife is a tenant activist.

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