BECKER THE BIG LOSER - AMADEO THE BIG WINNER
Honestly, the Mayor should have lost, but he didn't and its its a testament to how powerful an attraction being readily accessible to the public is , so it appears Mike's very public job down at the Hardware shop was once again his ACE in the hole. It also didn't hurt that his running mate Mr. Amadeo showed up with a bank account full of money raised in his abortive State Assembly run last year. As for Ms. Taube one thing the Press had right, unlike her running mate the Mayor Taube took a position on the Beach issue and stuck with it. It might have been from my pt. a view the wrong position , but I did respect that she stood by it as strongly and honestly as Maury Blumberg did on the otherside of the issue. The Mayor though tried to straddle the issue and he pleased nobody. Let me add to that, to this very day we do not actually know how the Mayor voted on the two Beach Project referendums he himself authored and promoted! We knew Brenda's , Maury's and even John Amadeo's public positions and their votes on this issue, but not the Mayor's. I believe that the Mayor actually voted YES to join the Project in the first referendum and NO to not support fighting the State in the second. That's my guess, based on my actual personal interactions with the Mayor and his public statements. In any event, I think the voters demonstrated last week that many of them found his performance in this issue among others rather lacking in candor and in leadership. Today, Becker is a shrunken figurehead down at city hall with the actual power now squarely in the hands of Mr. Amadeo. What this will mean going forward for the rest of us only time will tell.