Constituents wary over Rep. Santos' effectiveness in Congress; say district could suffer

The New York Times reported that Santos dismissed calls within his campaign to drop out in 2021 after an internal study uncovered some discrepancies in his record. This news has some in his Long Island and Queens district questioning if he will be effective or if they can get help at his office.

News 12 Staff

Jan 14, 2023, 10:42 PM

Updated 466 days ago

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Embattled Rep. George Santos is once again the focus of questions surrounding his personal record and whether he will be able to deliver for his constituents in Nassau and Queens.
The New York Times reported that Santos dismissed calls within his campaign to drop out in 2021 after an internal study uncovered some discrepancies in his record.
This news has some in his Long Island and Queens district questioning if he will be effective or if they can get help at his office.
News 12 Long Island had the opportunity to speak to a member of Santos' staff on Saturday night. She said the office has had some setbacks and things like the awning -- which still has former Rep. Tom Suozzi's name on it --- and even the phone system, are being changed, and that it has taken longer than expected. However, the delays and a perceived lack of communication with constituents and other politicians is only contributing to the questions that surround Santos.
"If I want to advocate for something for my district, I go to my congressman. I don't have anyone right now, I have no one to reach out to," said North Hempstead Council Member Marianne Dalimonte.
She said she has constituents who need help from a congressman now. She is frustrated that she said she cannot seem to get help from Santos and has had to turn to U.S. Senators instead.
The embattled congressman has some in the 3rd District worried that he will be distracted by the controversies over the truthfulness of his personal history and investigations and may not be able to deliver for the district.
"There is a ton of money floating around the federal government that our district is now going to miss out on because he cannot get his hands on it. He cannot be effective," said Manhasset resident Jane Russell.
A number of local and national Republicans, including the Nassau GOP, this week have called on him to step down.
"He has disgraced the House of Representatives and we do not consider him one of our Congress people," said Nassau County Republican Chairman Joseph Cairo. Still, Santos has remained defiant. He said on Thursday that he's staying put.
"I will not resign. I will continue to hold my office elected by the people," Santos said.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy seems to be siding with Santos but agrees he must earn back the people's trust.
"So he will go before ethics. If anything is found to have been wrong, he will be held accountable," McCarthy said.
Santos' staff told News 12 Long Island the congressman can be effective and wants to work for the people of the 3rd District, which some feel is hard to believe.
"He's completely not capable of serving the district and serving the needs of these constituents," said Allison O'Brien-Sila, of Manhasset.
Santos' staff told News 12 Long Island that this office is open during normal business hours and that staff is answering constituents' requests, but it is just that they are overwhelmed with the transition and other issues.


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