State assembly member Rebecca Seawright bugs out on Southpoint redesign protests in an abrupt reversal. Less than a day earlier, she tweeted, “I am proud” to support protests.
By David Stone
For even those most cynical of political shenanigans, the haste of Seawright’s surrender shocked.
Seawright Bugs Out On Southpoint Redesign Protests
On Monday, Seawright came out in support of resistance. She signed the Save Our Shorelines (SOS) petition, but a day later, she caved.
Chief of staff Corey Hassan quotes her:
“I wanted to inform you that after a call earlier today with RIOC and the Governor’s office, there was an agreement made to temporarily delay the groundbreaking of the Shoreline Restoration Project which was set to begin on July 13. This delay of the seawall replacement is meant to help address recent community concerns.”
Our report on her support yesterday brought an immediate response from the second floor in Albany. The governor hates bad publicity as much as he dispises disloyalty, and his staff was all over it.
Seawright backed down. Now, residents get a two week reprieve, giving RIOC time to make its case, although no opening exists for the slightest change.
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You needn’t read between the lines when the goose is already cooked.
From submetering abuses to looking the other way when years of non-potable water filled playground fountains, Seawright’s history of coming on strong, then backing down, is familiar.
History repeats itself, and it also predicts.
Disappointment awaits anyone expecting more from the assembly member.
And the governor just helped her by abruptly opening up independent candidate petitions, requiring close personal contact during the coronavirus pandemic.
Before and After
Conclusion: Seawright Folds On Southpoint Redesign and RIOC Applauds
As if the assembly member’s caving wasn’t clear enough, a late night, unsolicited email from RIOC’s acting president/CEO sealed it.
After offering a lengthy rationale for the project, Shelton Haynes was clear, “Due to community concerns of the project’s potential effects on local flora and fauna, we are pushing the start date back.”
In those few words, Rebecca Seawright bugged out on Southpoint protests, just days after offering hearty support.
In essence, RIOC’s giving itself two weeks for teaming with Seawright to deflate the protests.
“We look forward to working with Assembly Member Seawright and our other stakeholders on bringing this critically needed project to completion,” he added.
Nowhere in his or her statements was the slightest hint of any change or willingness to reconsider a single aspect.
Seawright quit on residents, and Cuomo-led RIOC will proceed as planned, just two short weeks later.