Friday, 17 July 2009 00:00
As many are aware Legislator Roger Corbin’s legal troubles have left his future in doubt and have rendered his voice silent. Roger has been a strong advocate for our community but nobody can know for sure if he will be able to continue. The law calls for his automatic removal from elective office if he is found guilty of the charges against him. As he battles these charges, we are left wondering who will take his place, if he is convicted?
According to the Nassau County Charter, the county is required to hold a special election. Under New York State law, the choice of candidates in a special election is left up to the party bosses – not the people. The residents of the 2nd Legislative District deserve the right to choose for themselves.
Last week, a group of fellow residents decided to take matters into their own hands. We have chosen not to stand idly by as the party bosses decide who will represent our community in the Nassau County Legislature. It is necessary for us to take the steps needed to ensure that our voices will be heard. We can’t afford to let others from outside our community make the decision for us. We wish Mr. Corbin and his family well, but it’s time to look toward the future.
The two candidates who have announced their intentions to run in a primary against Roger have no political or governmental experience. Although they may be well-meaning, we are concerned that the lack of experience may not position them to address the needs of our community on day one. But, there is one local resident who has a long-standing commitment to our community and a proven track record of service.
We are calling on him to stand-up in our time of need for strong leadership. Accordingly, we have started a petition drive to draft [current North Hempstead Town Councilman] Robert Troiano to run for legislator in the 2nd Legislative District.
We are pleased that in less than a week we have collected more than enough signatures to qualify Mr. Troiano as a candidate in the primary on Sept. 15. But we want to collect even more to demonstrate to Robert that he has the community’s support. If we want Robert to stand up for us, we have to stand up for him. Now is the time!
(Editor’s Note: As of press time Monday, Robert Troiano had not decided whether or not he would throw his hat into the race. To do so would mean he could not seek re-election to his North Hempstead Town Board seat this November. The petition deadline for the Sept. 15 Democratic primary is July 16.)