A 'Special' race in South Queens
Oct 26, 2010 | 14521 views | 0 0 comments | 133 133 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Nicole Paultre Bell, fiancé of police-shooting victim Sean Bell, is one of six candidates in the special election to replace Councilman Tom White, who passed away on August 27 after a long bout with cancer. The 28th District includes the southern areas of Jamaica, Richmond Hill, South Ozone Park, the Baisley Park area and Rochdale Village. The racial makeup is 55% African American and 29% Hispanic.

Ruben Wills, Allan Jennings and Albert Baldeo are also interested in the seat in a neighborhood that might just have the highest percentage of home foreclosures in the country.

This week, this newspaper endorsed Ruben Wills, who has been chief of staff to State Senator Shirley Huntley, to fill the seat. Although few legislators have been able to cut a clear plan to making sure the neighborhood rebounds from the visible foreclosure dent in the community, we think he can.

But we here at Pol Position aren't a bunch of glasses-wearing policy wonks, we like the juicy stuff, and the real story behind the race might just be the key to which political faction will be prevalent in the future of the southern area of Queens,

Senator Shirley Huntley and Councilman Leroy Comrie support Wills, while Congressman Gregory Meeks is supporting Paultre-Bell. The competing political camps and factions have worked pretty hard to get their candidate the seat. Both camps have a good deal riding on the race, which Pol Position sees as a big factor in shaping the political future of South Queens.

In unrelated news in this race, one of the candidates might not be able to even cast a vote for himself on Election Day, and it just so happens that that candidate is the one we support! Yes, Wills went down to the Board of Elections last week to register to vote at his new residence, but was turned away by BOE officials.

It seems that a written notice was sent out stating that the last day to register to vote in person in the Special Election was October 23. As it turns out, that was a typo, and actually the last day to register to vote in the Special Election was October 8. Instead of accommodating Wills, BOE workers told him “our bad” and sent him on his way.

So you better get out and vote for Wills, and don't hold it against him if he isn't able to do the same.

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