YONKERS, NY — August 17, 2018 — Yesterday, August 16, 2018th, I wrote The Hezitorial Regarding Senate District 35 which was titled, “The Primary Election for New York State Senator to Represent District 35 Between Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Virginia Perez Marginalizes the Residents By Neither Candidate Endorsing Governor Andrew Cuomo for Re-election By HEZI ARIS”
The gist of the my editorial, The Hezitorial, is how both candidates vying to be victorious in the upcoming Democratic Primary are in pursuit of going onward to re-election/election, have each in their own way been marginalizing Yonkers specifically, as well as the communities that comprise Senate District 35. Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins for some 12 years, and Westchester County Board Legislator Virginia Perez for some 7 years.
The writing stirred an immediate response from the political consulting firm Mercury LLC, where former Stewart-Cousins’ staffer/spokesperson John Tomlin is the lead man on her campaign. Tomlin was quick to note that Stewart-Cousins had in fact formally endorsed Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his re-election bid for a third term. Tomlin advised that an “entry” to that affect was posted in “some blog”, as he described the entry posted by Nick Resiman on May 24, 2018 at 11:11am
The Reisman article, to the reporter’s credit, was a depiction of what transpired on the second day of the Democratic Convention held at Hofstra University where Cuomo received the “preferred candidate status, easily over his primary opponent Cynthia Nixon.”
Reisman quoted New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie in his endorsement of Gov. Cuomo to have said, “When you have a winning quarterback, there’s no reason to change. We’re with you 100 percent.” Direct, appropriate, and on target!
Reisman then writes, “Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, whose conference is seeking majority control of the chamber this year, credited Cuomo with unifying the mainline conference and the dissolution of the Independent Democratic Conference last month.”
Further Reisman writes of Stewart-Cousins,“There is one conference. There is no IDC. There is one conference, under one leader,” she said. “I want to thank the governor for helping put that together. We are one short of being in the majority.” Stewart-Cousins very affirmation that it is all about Stewart-Cousins and not the constituents she asserts to be representing when all who know her are informed by her conduct which continues to marginalize SD35. She is the “so-called” darling of Albany, but no so in Westchester despite the “faux” support from those “invested”in her failed leadership capacity.
The Yonkers Tribune is vindicated by the nature of Nick Resiman’s State of Politics entry. First, it reveals a tepid and reluctant endorsement of Gov. Cuomo by Stewart-Cousins, which if it were as passionate, respectful, and deferential as that of Speaker Heastie would have gravitas. Such as it is, it is as wanting as the conduct of Sen. Stewart-Cousins who has marginalized all media other than those operating out of Albany. The fact that Stewart-Cousins’ “endorsement” is “unknown” to all the residents of Senate District 35 speaks to Stewart-Cousins disinterest in “speaking” to her constituency “who see right through her” because her statements are deflective and nebulous at best. This is really just an anti IDC pronouncement rather than an endorsement in favor of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s re-election effort.
Where was the non-existent press release revealing Stewart-Cousins support of the most influential politician that continues to support her efforts in the New York State Senate despite her admionishing him publicly for not recognizing her because of her center and the color of her skin. How tiring to continue to hear this tiring harangue from someone who knows that her depiction of Gov. Cuomo is way off the mark. Whether she becomes the first woman and first person of color to head the majority conference in the Senate will be naught unless she can learn to build a relationship with Gov. Cuomo who has been instrumental in sustaining the City of Yonkers, as one pertinent example, despite her not managing to assist the City of Yonkers in any financial or legislative capacity for over a dozen years. That speaks to Stewart-Cousins lack of leadership ability and lack of concern for the community she claims to represent. How effective can she be if few know of her timid pronouncements intended to sound like an endorsement of Gov. Cuomo yet is squandered in Long Island because it was not extolled beyond that venue, specifically to Senate District 35
Welcome to Senate District 35. Now you know the political reality is is rather than the faith tale promoted.
Read Reisman’s “entry” http://www.nystateofpolitics.com/2018/05/legislative-leaders-formally-endorse-cuomo/