Right now, it's boiling over inside the Brooklyn GOP and the head of the Brooklyn Conservative Party Chairman Jerry Kassar --- And it's all about the "Frankenstein" fellow-caucassing state senator, nominal Democrat Simcha Felder and the end of speed cams in school zones all over New York
State Senator Simcha Felder, until 2018 the "D-R-C" state Senator from Boro Park and surrounding ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities, has held the NYS Senate, and virtually the whole of NYS government, hostage throughout 2018 over an item of extreme parochial interest --- and something quite outrageous in its own right
HOWEVER --- LOCALLY, IT WILL NOT BE SIMCHA FELDER THAT PAYS THE PRICE FOR THIS OUTRAGE --- IT WILL STATE SENATOR MARTIN GOLDEN
Last Friday, the NY Post did its lead Editorial all about it --- it stated the case quite completely, but succinctly
Sometimes the most interesting fight is on the undercard.
The upcoming Democrat primary between Andrew Gounardes and Ross Barkan is heating up and might be quite interesting by September; however, the hottest thing around right now is something that doesn't even look like it should be a fight on any card --- "Golden v. Felder" --- It's being fought deep inside the GOP and Conservative Party club houses or cloak rooms or phone booths or wherever else the people who count hash these things out.....
Until now, even though State Senator Felder's intransigence has been mentioned, it has not been the main story in why speed cams will no longer exist in school zones throughout NY State. The NY Post Editorial has changed that narrative somewhat.
Here's exactly what the Editorial Board at the Post signed on for:
"If a car going more than 40 mph hits an 8-year-old, that child’s likely going to be maimed or killed. And The Post clocked multiple vehicles in the high 30s and low 40s Thursday — all in a school zone whose speed cameras stand disabled because the state Senate didn’t reauthorize them.... In all, we recorded dozens of speedsters rushing past PS 124 in Park Slope, each a potential killer if school were in session.... Which is why the Senate has to come back and pass the speed-camera bill before school starts up again in the fall.... Happily, the Times-Union reports that Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan is already canvassing his members about coming back for a special session. Since the bill has broad bipartisan support, it should be easy enough to get a quorum to do the job.... [*** >>> By all accounts, the holdup has been Sen. Simcha Felder, the Democrat who provides the key vote to make Flanagan majority leader. <<< *** ; emphasis mine] Yet it’s not just unconscionable to give Felder (or anyone else) a veto here, it’s political suicide: Every vulnerable Republican will face opposition ads charging that senator with endangering kids’ lives. And if they lose one seat, Felder is irrelevant.... Yes, the blame here goes far beyond Flanagan or Felder: City Hall’s efforts to lobby the Legislature range from vacuous to imperious, neither of which helps get things done. And the Assembly has its own long string of failures to tighten traffic-safety laws.... But it’s up to Flanagan now: Pass the camera bill, or wind up with blood on your hands...." (See "Albany must fix the speed camera mess" [entitled "Kids Before Politics" in the NY Post print editions] NY post Editorial Board, 7/26/18 [print editions 7/27/18], NY Post/ Opinion/ Editorial [https://nypost.com/2018/07/26/albany-must-fix-the-speed-camera-mess/]).
MARTY GOLDEN IN THE CROSS HAIRS [Along with Felder]Make no mistake about this --- the speed camera issue will be a big deal in any 2018 general election between Marty Golden and either Andy-boy Gounardes or Barkin'-at-the-moon Barkan. If the Flanagan and the GOP leadership in the state senate (including Marty himself) don't fix this, Marty Golden will lose the 22nd S.D. seat for the GOP, once and for all, and it will happen in 2018.
That's why this is a fight between Golden and Felder. And even though it's buried in the undercard, it's a fight that Marty must win to survive.....