Archive for September, 2008

Attack of the Apparently Lost and Confused Assemblyman

While most Brooklynites can rest assured that their elected officials at the very least know where their constituents live, it appears that we can have no such confidence here in the 49th. So far this year (meaning from January of 2008 until now) Peter Abbate has appropriated over $7 million in discretionary “pork-barrel” spending up in Albany. All of that money comes of course from your tax dollars, and is enough to make most “tax and spend” legislators in Albany blush. So, one must ask, “where is this money being spent Assemblyman?” The unfortunate answer is that over $1 million of that total went to Columbia University and the New York University School of Dentistry. Now while these may be fine institutions, they simply aren’t in our district, and what business does Mr. Abbate have spending over a million of our tax dollars in a way which does not benefit our immediate community at all? Wouldn’t it have been better to fight for a million dollars in less taxes for the hard working people of our community?

Well, while that may be the obvious answer to you and me, Mr. Abbate is apparently lost and confused. I suppose after spending 22 years in office and doing so little for the community you serve, you just forget where that community even is. So, while we anxiously await Columbia University and NYU campuses on 18th Avenue and Fort Hamilton Parkway (respectively of course) we can vote for someone in November who at least knows where the 49th Assembly District is. And we can all be sure that Lucretia Regina-Potter would offer a lot more than just sound geography as our Assemblywoman.

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Lucretia is Endorsed by the Right to Life Committee

May 29, 2008 – The New York State Right to Life Committee has endorsed Lucretia Regina-Potter, Republican/Conservative candidate for the 49th State Assembly District.

In a letter sent to Lucretia’s campaign, the Right to Life Committee informed her:

We are very pleased to announce the New York State Right to Life Political Committee endorsement of your candidacy in the race for the 49th Assembly District in the fall 2008 elections.

We sincerely appreciate your defense of unborn children, the dependent elderly, people with disabilities and all innocent and vulnerable members of the human family who are continually threatened by the current culture.

We wish you a successful campaign and we hope to be working with you next year in the New York State Assembly.

We wish you all the best in this race and your future endeavors.


Barbara Meara, Political Committee Director

Debra Cody, Political Action Coordinator

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Whose Assemblyman is he Anyway?

For twenty-two years, I have been under the impression that Peter Abbate was the Assemblyman of the 49th Assembly District, and many of you have thought this, too. Judging from his, at times, “colorful” newsletters, sent and produced at taxpayer’s expense, one would get that impression: WRONG! He is very proud to have been able to secure millions of dollars for organizations outside our district!

According to his slogan, “Fighting for the Working Families of the 49th AD,” while he, as usual, takes credit for everything that takes place in Albany, and in our neighborhood, he claims to have done all of this single handedly. This sounds a little suspicious to me, being a neighbor of yours and a life-time resident of Bath Beach. I am also the candidate for the New York Sate Assembly in the 49th AD. Many of you who have met me, and/or know me and my family, have shown sincere and genuine interest in my candidacy.

Let us analyze some of his claims. He claims to have helped in giving the families of the 49th AD a child tax credit. What he does not tell you is that during his tenure as our Assemblyman (a long tenure of 22 years) not one, not two, but three parochial schools in the 49th AD have closed.

He also fails to tell you that our area has deteriorated economically, as is shown by the numerous “FOR RENT” signs of small “mom & pop” businesses in the 49th AD. Furthermore, the closing of Victory Memorial Hospital, another disastrous event in our area, left all of us without an emergency room near our homes. Ask all the parents that were inconvenienced by the school closing, or the store owners who lost their businesses, or all those people in our area whose children and perhaps themselves were delivered in the medical facilities of Victory Memorial Hospital and/or used its services for themselves or other relatives and friends; they certainly would not be sympathetic towards Mr. Abbate.

In conclusion, since I am a Bath Beach resident, I suggest that we all show Mr. Abbate that we do not fall for his exaggerations and tall tales. By electing me the first woman to ever represent the 49th Assembly District in Albany, I pledge to you that I will continue to represent Bath Beach and the rest of the ENTIRE 49th Assembly District in Albany. After all, isn’t that what our Assemblyman is paid to do?


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