Recently the Queens GOP tapped Ralph Cefalo, a resident of Malba, to run against freshman Assembly member Ed Braunstein, but it’s not going to happen.
“It was all about timing…just look how late in the game the redistricting is,” said Cefalo who refused to be a ‘sacrificial lamb’ just to be the token resistance to another term for Braunstein.
Cefalo cites the lengthy redistricting process and the exclusion of his voting base as the key factor in his decision. “The areas where I would have been strongest – including Malba and Malba Gardens – are no longer in the district.”
Cefalo also believes there was not enough time to mount an effective campaign time before the lines were finalized.
In the meantime he will be helping Councilman Dan Halloran’s congressional campaign in areas where Halloran is not so strong including Glendale, Middle Village, and Forest Hills.
“I’ll be helping Dan to see what I can do for him,” said Cefalo.
Ralph Cefalo’s letter:
My Fellow Republicans, after much reflection and discussion with both family and close advisors, I have chosen not to seek election in the 26th Assembly District. There are a number of reasons for this decision. Among the reasons is the fact that due to the recently redrawn district lines, come next January my family and I will no longer reside in the 26th Assembly District. Additionally, the assembly position is not the seat that I initially sought to run for and I feel that at this time it is too late to begin a campaign for the assembly.
I will continue to support Republican candidates and work with them to achieve success in November. I firmly believe in the ideals and values of the Republican Party and have been a staunch supporter for the past thirty-five  years. I thank the leadership of the Queens GOP for asking me to run for the assembly. Most importantly, I thank all those who have faith and confidence in me. Rest assured that as I have in the past, moving forward I will continue to work for our community.
Thank You and May God Bless America
Ralph M. Cefalo