As things get from bad to worse for many of his constituents, many are wondering if Assemblyman Dov Hikind should have hopped on a flight back to New York from Florida as soon as he knew Sandy was coming to New York instead of staying to campaign for Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney. “Governor Cuomo cancelled his plans to campaign for Obama in Florida, Dov could have done the same,” said one political insider.
After this year’s redistricting process, Hikind now represents more of the Jewish community than ever before.
Many of his constituents, especially those in the new part of his district – the 20’s – have been without power for several days now. What’s more, the streets of his district are littered with broken trees and downed power lines. “It’s times like these when your constituents want to see you working hard. Many of the Jewish elected officials including Councilman David Greenfield and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, have been working overtime to help their constituents recover after the storm. That makes Dov’s absence all the more glaring.”
One angry constituent told YWN, “I tried calling Dov’s office several times yesterday and couldn’t get through to anyone. We pay his salary he should be here working for us instead of enjoying sunny Florida.” Another said, “the last time I saw Hikind, he was on Fox News. If he wants to work for Romney, he should quit his day job. We need all the help we can get here in Brooklyn.”
Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers remain with power, thousands of trees litter the streets and the loss of life continues to pile up and the last time Dov Hikind was heard from publicly was Saturday night on his radio show – live from Florida.
(Dov Gordon – YWN)