Opinion

As a resident of Port Washington, and neighbor to our recently elected State Senator Craig Johnson, I have to wonder why, six weeks after the election, we must continue to see his campaign posters on display. Within the short, half-mile drive down Sandy Hollow Road, 14 Craig Johnson campaign signs are still attached to utility poles, and another two are in plain sight at the intersection with Irma Avenue.

Why are we bombarded with this visual pollution? Why haven't the minions involved in the campaign taken it upon themselves (or at the request of the candidate), to remove the signs? Some states require all campaign posters be removed within two weeks of the election or the candidates are fined, whether they win or lose.

During the days leading up to the election I chose to answer two calls from the Johnson campaign. When I asked the campaign worker whether Mr. Johnson would be responsible for clearing the campaign posters after the election in a timely fashion, unlike what happened in the last election, they suggested that I call the campaign headquarters. I suggested to them that I might consider voting against my neighbor as a result of the poor performance in just this one matter in the last election, casting aside any of the other benefits he may have brought or may bring to the office... just to make the point.

So here we are, six weeks after the election, everyone's talking "green," and I wonder if his campaign found some biodegradable method of making campaign signs. The blue doesn't appear to have faded and the signs haven't yet decomposed. Not a bad idea for the next election, no?

My six-year-old child prompted me to write this letter when she asked, "Daddy, why are there still Craig Johnson signs up?" If she notices it without prompting... there must be a lot of other people that aren't pleased as well.

I urge Senator Johnson to empower any of the parking lot walkers who made sure we would vote for him, to step up, in many cases, on a ladder, and remove these signs.

Joe Torelli


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