'A General Without Troops'

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 10:22 AM


Reader William Bryk has a critical take on why Ed Koch's reform push probably won't yield any results, in Albany or anywhere else. In short, it's ballot access, says Bryk:

If Mayor Koch were truly serious, primaries would be taking place across the City. They're not. With all respect to him, he's a general without troops; he's been retired from politics for over twenty years; he's eighty-five years old this year; he can get some press attention, but he can't effect the kind of change he says he wants to bring about.

The hyper-technical ballot access requirements of the election law are the reason why we don't have the nationwide anti-incumbent surge enriching our local politics. If Mayor Koch would lend his energies and talents to making it easier for ordinary citizens - not just lawyers and professional politicians -- to get on the ballot, he would truly crown his sixty years' service as soldier, lawyer, public official, and public figure.

Timing, I'd say, is also a factor.


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Jerry Skurnik

The so called hyper-technical ballot access requirements of the election law apply to City Council races also but that did not prevent serious opponents to Christine Quinn and others from running. That's because these candidates received matching funds from the City Campaign Finance system (which was started by Ed Koch) while Senate & Assembly candidates have to raise all their money.

Jul. 28 2010 03:34 PM

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