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Sunday, October 29, 2006

NY Times endorses Titone

via NY Times

This contest to replace Senator John Marchi, who is retiring after 52 years, has been remarkable and commendable for its civility. Decorum aside, though, the two frontrunners, Andrew Lanza, one of only three Republicans in the 51-member City Council, and Matthew Titone, a Democrat and first-time candidate, have large differences.

In his four years representing Staten Island’s south shore in the City Council, Mr. Lanza has made a start towards relieving overcrowding but has otherwise failed to truly distinguish himself as a lawmaker. It is not easy to be a member of a small minority in the overwhelmingly Democratic council, as Mr. Lanza is. Still, given the opportunity to tilt at the majority, Mr. Lanza did not choose well; he was the only member from Staten Island to vote against two important gun control bills.

Representing the city as a Republican in the State Senate requires an aggressive willingness to stand up to the suburban and rural party leadership. Mr. Lanza is a likeable candidate, but he has not exhibited enough of what’s needed to be an independent force in Albany.

Mr. Titone, on the other hand, promises to join in the continuing and still-needed shake up of Albany. He seems well-equipped for the job. He built a successful law practice handling personal injury cases and civil litigation, often offering his services pro bono for needy cases.

A leader in promoting awareness, prevention and treatment for H.I.V./AIDS, he has developed a high-energy, idea-filled campaign, offering initiatives to address especially thorny problems like overburdened transportation, health care and schools. Mr. Titone exudes an eagerness to get to work, and we hope he gets the opportunity. We endorse him for the State Senate.

Matthew Titone for State Senate
previous post: Titone up in polls


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