A WVOX Editorial of the Air
Broadcast September 5, 2018
By William O’Shaughnessy, President & Editorial Director
In a dreary and nasty political season, Alessandra Biaggi stands out as a refreshing and very welcome breath of fresh air.
The granddaughter of the late Mario Biaggi of sainted memory is running an enlightened, inspiring – and very effective – campaign for the Democratic nomination in the 34th State Senatorial District against the controversial Jeffrey Klein.
The odd-shaped 34th District includes a lot of the Bronx and a chunk of Westchester and we’ve thus known Jeff Klein for a long, long time. He used to come around almost every day early in his career until … until he cut a slick deal with the elders in Albany and led five or six disgruntled, rogue Democrats into a questionable scheme in which the IDC (the Independent Democratic Conference) made their infamous “power-sharing” deal with Senate Republicans, the sole purpose of which was to accrue personal power and influence for Mr. Klein.
However, with pressure at last from the Governor, this cozy and nefarious compact has now fallen apart as Senate Democrats rallied to the legitimate and authentic leadership of Westchester’s own Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins.
Now that Jeff Klein has lost his once powerful perch in the Leadership … good government types in the District are hoping Miss Biaggi can finally put an end to Jeff Klein’s self-serving and less than stellar career.
And so now our friends in Westchester and in the Bronx can render the final coup de gras by voting next Thursday, September 13th, for a gifted, dynamic, committed – and really quite wonderful – challenger Alessandra Biaggi.
In the New York area’s roiling political waters there have emerged several candidates waving the banner of so-called “Progressivism.” But Alessandra Biaggi, with her sensible, centrist approach to the great issues of the day, has steered clear of the way-out fringe loonies abroad in the land.
And while some candidates and challengers are entranced by national issues and Trump-bashing … Biaggi has appropriately kept a laser-like focus on State issues within the purview of the Senate to which she aspires.
To be clear: She’s bright, she’s creative and very dynamic. But she ain’t “way out there.” Alessandra Biaggi will make a great New York State Senator.
WVOX and WVIP proudly endorse her candidacy.
William O’Shaughnessy, a former president of the New York State Broadcasters Association, was chairman of Public Affairs for the National Association of Broadcasters in Washington. He has been a point man and advocate for the broadcasters of America on First Amendment and Free Speech issues and is presently chairman of the Guardian Fund of the Broadcasters Foundation of America, the national charitable organization. He is also a longtime director and member of the Executive Committee of the Foundation. He has operated WVOX and WVIP, two of the last independent stations in the New York area, for 56 years as president and editorial director.
He is the author of “AirWAVES” (1999) … “It All Comes Back to Me Now” (2001) … “More Riffs, Rants and Raves” (2004) … and “VOX POPULI: The O’Shaughnessy Files,” released in January, 2011. He has also written “Mario Cuomo: Remembrances of a Remarkable Man,” a tribute to his late friend Governor Mario M. Cuomo which has just been published. He is currently working on his fifth book RADIOactive for Fordham University Press, another anthology.