People have questioned what a borough president's power is; David Casavis (R-Manhattan) is running to eliminate the borough president position. We know that a president of the United States, for example, can fire the head of General Motors.
A borough president's powers now seemingly involve the wages and benefits of anyone who works in Manhattan:
As Chair of the New York State Senate Puerto Rican and Latino Caucus and as a member of the Hispanic Community, I believe that it is an assault on many New Yorkers for Mayor Bloomberg to play upon the feelings and sentiments and emotions of our communities. These are scare tactics. Making believe that the sky is going to fall and that the walls of education are about to crumble is completely false.
I believe that Dr. Dolores Fernandez, the person appointed by the Bronx Borough President is quite capable, educationally speaking, of addressing the problems in our public education system. I believe that Dr. Fernandez is more capable and more qualified than the Mayor and Chancellor Klein and anyone in the Bloomberg Administration.
Eliminate the borough presidents, already!
Sunday's New York Daily News has a story along with this editorial: "Useless wastes: Borough presidents don't do much except spend tax money."
I've said that the office needed to be changed (or eliminated) when I ran for Manhattan Borough President in 2005. I've said here before that the Republican Party should run candidates vowing to eliminate the positions.
It's long, long long overdue during this Great Recession to cut wasteful government spending. The "Public Advocate" must go, too.
The Republican Party should take this editorial to heart and ask the New York Daily News and New York Post to officially endorse its office-eliminating candidates.