This is the guy who is going to bring INTEGRITY back to Albany. So he takes the Newsday editorial that ENDORSES CRAIG JOHNSON FOR SENATE and selectively pulls the few sentences that refer to himself, puts them in bold face and presents it as if the paper is actually endorsing HIM. He also stated in his "email 30"
"They know Craig Johnson's record as our Senator has been one of consistent failure."So that's why Newsday endorsed Johnson - RIGHT, JACK???? Because he's a complete and utter failure?
MNYT know Mineola is Nassau County's answer to Bizarro World on many levels, but they still operate under the Gregorian calendar. By our computations Mayor Jack has been fiddling while the village has been burning for much longer than two terms. Try four. Eight years of him talking out both sides of his mouth AND his ass as well! Eight years of him letting Attorney John Spellman call the shots. Eight years of corruption in the Building Department.
This guy has integrity like George W. Bush has a long and distinguished military career. So don't take his word for it. Check out what Newsday actually said:
EDITORIAL: Newsday's endorsement in the 7th State Senate DistrictThe contest between Democratic Sen. Craig Johnson of Port Washington and Mineola Mayor Jack Martins, a Republican, is difficult to call because both present strong candidacies.
Martins has been a very effective mayor, taking over in 2003 when the village had a $250,000 budget shortfall and a debt load of $33 million. Yes, he raised taxes to return the village to financial health, but he kept annual increases reasonable, below 4 percent. The debt has been whittled to $20 million. Also, he's accomplished one of the toughest tasks on NIMBY Long Island: approval of multistory housing near the train station with community support.
Martins levels his sharpest criticism at Johnson for his vote in favor of the reviled payroll tax supporting the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The mayor calls it a job-killing tax, a charge this page has wielded from the start.
But Johnson defends his vote without flinching, and we like that he stands by his convictions - too rare a quality in politics. Johnson points out that, in early 2009, the MTA was preparing to hike fares by 40 percent. "I was not going to play chicken with my constituents' lives," he says. To his credit, he leveraged the vote to win himself an influential seat on the MTA Capital Program Review Board, one of only four voting members.
Johnson now needs to do more to fund the latter three years of the MTA's 5-year capital plan, and to restore road and bridge funding as part of New York's overall commitment to transportation. He should continue to explore tolling the East River bridges to Manhattan and allowing lone drivers to use HOV lanes for a fee.
The incumbent also stood up to peer pressure early this year, as one of just two Democrats to break with Senate colleagues to defeat a bill that would have quashed New York's charter school movement, ruining the state's chances to win a $700-million federal grant under the Race to the Top program. In so doing, Johnson earned the enmity of the New York State United Teachers, which tried unsuccessfully to field a primary challenger against him.
Martins believes in term limits and says he will limit himself to two terms as Mineola mayor, meaning he'll leave next year. But his effectiveness presents one of the best arguments against term limits. His next post, wherever he sets his sights, should capitalize on his proven executive abilities.
Johnson should continue to push for better public schools. His ideas on merit pay and reworking the tenure system deserve more attention. He should also give more thought to the urgent issue of pension reform.
Newsday endorses Johnson.
Thems the facts. Now work it out for yourself.