Letter to the editor: Our readers speak out on Andrew Cuomo, Judge Ragazzo and YouTube removing video of anti-Asian hate attack in Yonkers

Letter to the editor:
“Justice” Ragazzo probably did not expect to become even better known than President Biden’s Supreme Court appointee, Justice Jackson. But I hope she’s on her way.

Dear Mr. Mungeer and team:

After getting up from the floor, I shared the story of “Judge” Ragazzo with Rick Burgess, host of “Rick and Bubba,” Alabama’s most popular morning talk show. I also shared it with Geraldo Rivera, who now hosts a morning radio show in Cleveland (yes, Geraldo in Cleveland).

Here is my email to Rick Burgess. You might want to call him one morning at 866-WE-BE-BIG. You might even say that Jim from New York suggested you call.

Rick: A student who punched a police officer after being pulled over for multiple traffic violations has been released without bail so he won’t miss an exam the next day. The subject of the exam? Criminal Justice!

Sincerely, James Vespe, Mamaroneck

Letter to the editor:

I read with great interest your story on a possible “return” candidacy of former Governor Andrew Cuomo this fall (March 25, 2022 edition of Westchester Rising).

Mr. Murphy’s article hit several nails on the head about a potential Cuomo candidacy. Despite Andrew Cuomo’s recent barrage of TV ads, I agree it’s too late for him to collect petitions to run in the June 28 Democratic Party primary.

However, he certainly has enough time to get enough signatures to emerge as the candidate of a yet-to-be-formed and unnamed third party. I don’t think he would have trouble finding someone
of stature to serve as a candidate for lieutenant governor, nor fund a third-party effort.

Note that Andrew Cuomo has $16 million available for a campaign; additionally, approximately 3.5 million registered New York voters, or 27%, are not registered in a political party. Registered Democrats make up just 49% of all registered voters; the GOP has 2.8 million registered voters, or 22% of total registrations. So potentially many New Yorkers could be open to an independent candidacy.

In addition to Libertarian Party candidate Larry Sharpe, the Working Families Party (WFP) recently nominated New York City public attorney Jumaane Williams as its candidate; one would also expect the Green Party to field a candidate as well (the GP received 104,000 votes on its line in 2018).

There is a high probability of a five or even 6 candidate race for governor, where a successful candidate could win with 35 or 40 percent of the vote. Former U.S. Senator (now retired senior federal judge) James Buckley was elected on the Conservative Party line to the U.S. Senate with 37% of the vote in 1970. Independent candidates for Governor and U.S. Senator won third-party applications in states such as Maine, Vermont, Minnesota and Connecticut; US Senator Bernie Sanders is the most recent and striking example.

The likely effect of a Cuomo candidacy would be to divert enough votes from Governor Hochul to elect the GOP nominee. What should also be borne in mind that if Andrew Cuomo came second, his new party would not only have official voting status, but would also be entitled to equal representation on all county and local electoral boards as well than to the favoritism that accompanies such as the electoral commissioners, etc.

In this scenario, Andrew Cuomo could conceivably hold the balance of power in New York politics for the foreseeable future. As with most things in life, time will tell.

Stephen R. Rolandi, Larchmont. (The author is an adjunct professor of public administration and has previously served in the administrations of New York City Mayors Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg. An independent Republican, he served as National Vice President and Treasurer of the Ripon Society and delegate to the Principles of 2022. First Summit last month in Washington, DC.)

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