The clock is ticking and yet again, Senator Craig Johnson holds the Elmont community and the rest of the 7th Senatorial district hostage to his personal temper tantrum of losing an Election. This time, the Senator for the next few weeks, refuses to concede that he lost the election. His refusal to concede defeat and bringing in high priced lawyers to block the will of the people is bringing fresh scorn on the already scandal plagued Senator.
Just this past weekend, Supreme Court Justice Ira Washawsky declared Martins the winner of the Election after a lengthy recount of ballots. Instead of accepting the voter’s wishes, a recount and a Supreme Court Justice’s ruling, Johnson arrogantly thumbed his nose at the Judge and the Nassau County Board of Elections and stated that he would not give in.
Johnson’s refusal to concede the race has community leaders shaking their heads and discussing the embarrassment he continues to bring to Nassau County. “It wasn’t enough that we had fraud in his petitions, lies about grants, broken promises, ending the STAR Rebate checks, the MTA tax, cutting school aid, increasing college tuition and god knows what else, now he is putting everyone through this? This guy has a lot of gall and is living on another planet,” said a local school leader.
“Craig is treating Elmont and his constituents exactly how he did when he was a Senator. He was arrogant, mean spirited and could care less for the people. It’s all about Craig. Even in Craig’s world when you don’t have more votes than your opponent you really do lose. It’s about time he acts his age and ends this sorry saga,” said an Elmont civic leader.
“I’m not sure if Craig understands he really lost. His election tantrums seem to be the only thing he put a lot of enthusiasm and effort into. He didn’t work this hard fighting for the community and taxpayers,” said an Elmont firefighter adding, “he should get the courage for once to do the right thing. He needs to cut the attitude. Stop the games. And, he should really apologize for letting the people down.”
The Senate race in Nassau County is the last race to be decided as Senator Antoine Thompson conceded his loss in Buffalo a week ago. Likewise, Senate candidate Bob Cohen of Westchester County conceded his loss to Senator Suzi Oppenheimer earlier today.
“At least Senator Thompson was man enough to throw in the towel. Even in Westchester, the Senate candidate said that New York needs to go forward and conceded. It’s embarrassing that Craig Johnson can’t face the facts. Craig was well known for his temper tantrums in the community and I guess this is just another sad chapter in his political life,” said small business owner in Elmont.
In the meantime, Senator Elect Jack Martins is actively working to transition into the job as the new Senator for the 7th Senatorial district. On Sunday, Martins met with Elmont community members over coffee at the STOP 20 diner and shared ideas. The contrast of a listening Jack Martins to the arrogance of Johnson already has community members buzzing.
Senator Elect Jack Martins will take the oath of office in January and will represent Elmont in the New York State Senate with Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.
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