Sunday, June 6, 2010

Voice of the People

New York Daily News
Voice of the People for Sunday, June 6, 2010
Letters to The Editor

Boss Rule

Brooklyn Democrats aren't the only ones to act autocratically in selecting judges. In Manhattan, as reform fades away, the New York County Democratic executive committee district leaders made an endorsement on May 27 for the county-wide Civil Court vacancies. Under party rules, the executive committee may only endorse panel-screened candidates for countywide judicial seats. They adhered to this, but nevertheless, under the new leader, the endorsement was a sham, orchestrated Soviet-style, and made a mockery of democracy as each candidate was allowed one minute to speak. There wasn't even the appearance of propriety. In a welcome comparison, a forum by five downtown Democratic clubs later that night let candidates talk at length and take questions.

Alan Flacks, Manhattan


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