Capano Says to Quaglione: "I hope we get a Christmas card from you since we the taxpayers have paid your salary your entire life."
CALLS THE MTA THE “MONEY TAKING AGENCY”
Yesterday, Bob Capano, a staunch supporter of the NYPD and Reform Party candidate in Brooklyn’s 43rd City Council District (Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach) dominated a debate sponsored by the Bay Ridge Community Council at Xaverian High School. Capano who is a businessman and educator, stated that he is the only candidate in the race who has not spent his life on the taxpayers’ dime and pointedly told John Quaglione, “I hope we get a Christmas card from you since we the taxpayers have paid your salary your entire life.” Curtis Sliwa, Chairman of the NYS Reform Party, was in the audience to cheer on Capano.
In another highlight of the debate, Capano railed against the MTA decision that eliminating overnight cleaners of the R-line stations. Noting that the MTA recently doubled the fine for littering to prevent track fires but now plans to end all night-shift track cleaners next year Capano said, “This is another example of the MTA, or ‘Money Taking Agency’ taking more cash from us and giving us less services.” During a heated discussion between Quaglione and Justin Brannan about their roles working for local elected officials and who can do more to fix the MTA, Capano chastised them by saying “This is the problem with career politicians, they didn’t do anything to solve the issues working for elected officials but now ask us to believe that if they are elected themselves they will solve the problems.”
Capano was the only candidate who supported of a New York State Constitutional Convention saying, “Our government needs reform and the career politicians in Albany have continuously demonstrated that their priority is maintaining the status quo. The people must take matters into their own hands to implement term limits, initiative and referendum, and create real independent redistricting commissions so Bay Ridge is not carved up into four Assembly districts.”
In addition, Capano strongly opposed Mayor de Blasio’s sanctuary city policies, Statue Review Commission, and the closure of Rikers Island. He spoke in favor of charter schools, greater enforcement of laws relating to illegal home conversions, and expanding youth activities in the community. He concluded with “The main factor on who should be our next Councilman is not who has spent the longest time working for which elected official, but who is the person with the ability to put community over partisan politics and the party bosses. I am clearly that candidate.”