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Queens Reacts to News of Weiner's Resignation

What do you think of the Congressman's reported decision to resign?

Constituents were quick to react on Thursday to the news, first reported in the New York Times, that U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-Forest Hills, would be resigning.

Some voters said they were happy to see the embattled Congressman leave office, for the sake of the district.

“I hope he straightens his brain out,” said Kathleen McCaffery, who said she was surprised by how aggressively Weiner was hounded by his own party.

Weiner has been fighting calls to resign since

The story first came to light when Weiner accidentally made public a private Twitter message containing a photo of his crotch to a user in Seattle.

Jerry Iannece, Chairman of Community Board 11, which overlaps partially with Weiner’s district, said he was shocked by how the events of the last month have unfolded.

“I’m disappointed and saddened. It’s a very unfortunate scenario,” Iannece said. “I had no problems with his representation and his diligence. He was fairly active and responsible to our needs. It’s a shame his personal life interfered with his professional life.”

Many residents expressed relief that Weiner would finally be going.

"Amen! He didn't deserve to be in office in the first place. He didn't have good morals — we need to start electing better people," said Felica Zoe. 

"It's bad in a way, but it's good in way," said Forest Hills resident Shai Fadra. "I think he was prepared to step down. There was so much pressure on him. Something that concerns his personal life and that concerns his office life I think is totally different."

Many Forest Hills residents had grown weary of the never-ending presence of news crews, vans and cameras outside Weiner’s Forest Hills Gardens apartment building.

“I’m glad he’s [resigning] for himself, his family and for us,” said one constituent.

Not everyone thought Weiner was doing the right thing by leaving office, however.

"I don't really feel he should resign, what would that do? I'm not condoning what he did I just don't see how the scandal is going to affect his job performance," said Bobby Bushea "He's taking care of his constituents and doing an exceptional job and that's really all that matters to me."

Reporting by Pat Conti, Lori Gross, Lauren Evans and Nathan Duke.

JoeC June 16, 2011 at 08:40 PM
Would it be possible to write in his name on the replacement election ballots? Give him a fresh start.
Falxon June 16, 2011 at 11:30 PM
Oy Vay...why do that? Does Maturity, Judgement and Morals count?
Hank Missenheim Jr June 17, 2011 at 11:01 AM
A "write-in" campaign to reinstate Weiner is a great idea!
syldre June 17, 2011 at 12:36 PM
I wish he had not resigned. I'm disgusted with the media, Republican hypocritical politics and the lack of backbone of some Democrats. So we lose our effective congressman Wiener and Republicans get to keep the prostitution scandal Vitter. So Wiener initially lied about his conduct, most men do, but it had nothing to do with his work as congressman. I would definitely favor a "write-in" campaign to reinstate him.
Shoshanna malett June 17, 2011 at 12:46 PM
Well said everyone. Congressman Weiner was a great representative and I would vote for again in a heartbeat. His personal life , which, by the way, has remained within the bounds of the law, did not affect his work or his ability to represent his constituents, of which I am one. I am truly saddened both by the way the media blew this up and by complete lack of Democratic party support. Though I see how redistricting obviously plays into this and let's all the other politicians breathe a sigh of relief that there will probably now be obe less seat to lose

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