Maltese, who also served as Queens County Republican Party Chairman, called Catsimatidis “the only candidate, Republican or Democrat who has the hands on experience needed to run a city like New York.”
“He gained that experience as a self-made businessman who has built companies from the ground up; balancing budgets, making payrolls and creating tens of thousands of good paying jobs,” said Maltese.
Maltese has a history of independent decision-making. Before winning his second term, Senator Maltese was opposed by political bosses in Queens who objected to his independent stance on behalf of his constituents and forced him to seek nomination by write-in vote, according to the Juniper Civic Association which named him Man of The Year in 2002.
“In the largest primary write-in vote in our nation’s history and with no other race on the ballot, Senator Maltese won renomination over his opponent by an astounding 6,243 to 237 margin,” according to the article.
As Senator, Maltese, whom also served in the Korean War, distinguished himself by pioneering legislation for veterans. “In 1990, Maltese was the prime sponsor of the legislation that authorized the creation of the 250-bed State Veterans Nursing Home at St. Albans. He has been an active sponsor and guardian of the Veterans Home ever since,” according to The Serf Maltese Archives.
Maltese represented the 15th Senatorial District in Queens County which includes the communities of Forest Hills Gardens, Glendale, Hamilton Beach, Howard Beach, Maspeth, Middle Village, Old Howard Beach, Ridgewood, Woodhaven, and parts of Elmhurst, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Ozone Park, Rego Park, Richmond Hill, South Richmond Hill, South Ozone Park, Sunnyside and Woodside.
[Update] Maltese will be on Catsimatidis payroll as a consultant, but not yet.