Midnight Special Edition by John F. Bailey, 3/15/02, 12:30 AM EST:Larry Delgado, now officially by order of the New York State Court of Appeals Thursday, former Councilman Delgado, told WPCNR Thursday evening that he had not made up his mind whether to take a quo warranto proceeding to the Attorney General’s office.
In a statement to WPCNR by telephone, Delgado said,
“I’m in very good spirits. I’m glad we have some clear direction from this court. The clear direction is the proper way is through a quo warranto proceeding. The court wiped the slate clean on prior case law, and set a new direction which is ‘go tell it to the Attorney General.’”
A lot of thinking to do before he proceeds :
“I have to sit and consider all the options, as far as the time involved, the financial, the impact on the city and its citizenry of such an action. I have much to consider. So I’m not going to jump and say I will or I will not go through with a quo warranto proceeding.”
He noted that the Court of Appeals recognized there was a wrong committed, saying,
“What the Court left undisputed was there was a wrong committed, there was a broken machine. That everybody’s votes were counted except mine. The result of that injustice was that I lost the election. I still feel it’s something I had to do because to not complain that there was an improper machine count would not have also been proper. I don’t mind losing, it’s just the way it occurred it’s not right.
The voters were disenfranchised in that district (18) and that’s too bad.”
Hockley gears up to assume the sixth Council seat.
Glen Hockley speaking to WPCNR Thursday, said he is eager to assume his seat, which we have learned will be “in a few days” after the Board of Elections certifies his election. Board of Elections computers were down Thursday, according to the Mayor’s Office, so certification could not proceed.
Hockley had been campaigning in anticipation of the new election that now will never be. He told us he had knocked on 3,246 doors during his second campaign, not all had answered, and he said he had asked all he had talked to “what their concerns were.” He revealed that the main concern he found, to his surprise, was “speeding through the neighborhoods.”
Asked what those he spoke to felt about the New York Presbyterian Hospital proposal, Hockley said he found it was not a prominent concern with most residents he talked to. He said some even wanted the New York Presbyterian Hospital biomedical complex to be built. Some did want a park. He said tenants, especially in the downtown, he had talked to were not concerned about it, one way or another.
Hockley Promises “Walk-abouts Tours” to all Neighborhoods.
He said, that even though he was now an “official” politician, he would, within a couple of weeks begin regular “walk-abouts,” two neighborhoods at a time, to continue to keep in touch, resident-to-resident, and “listening to people.”
Contemplates reassembling his campaign advisory staff.
Mr. Hockley told WPCNR he would move very quickly to bring the city personalities who had helped him in his campaign on board again to help him represent the city effectively.
He gave much credit for his strong run against Mr. Delgado to Arnold and Ann Bernstein, campaign managers, Jonathan Appel, his Treasurer, Bill Campbell, President of the Tenants Association, Ginny Scanlan, Henry and Luisa Chapman who directed his volunteers, Rafael Vega, a District Leader, and Rosa Boone, Executive Director of the Coalition of the Hungry and Homeless. He said Melody Hockley, his wife, would continue as his Information Officer.
He made a point of thanking these people who had worked for him. He wants them back with him, if they are willing, as he prepares to start his work for the city. He wants them to continue their input as he begins, because they “resemble a good cross section of the city.”
He said he would also, of course, be consulting with his Democratic colleagues on the Common Council, and County Legislator William Ryan.
In his statement to the media at Mr. Bradley’s offices earlier Thursday, Hockley said he looked forward to working with “his good friend,” Larry Delgado, too, on city issues in the future.