Tag Archive: Democratic Primary

Mar 21 2014

Navy Veteran Aims To Replace Malcolm Smith


She has a nice outsider’s vibe.

Let the journey begin.

Navy combat veteran and cyber security expert, Bernadette Semple is ready to lead once again with her first foray into politics: battling Malcolm Smith as well as two attorneys in a heated primary for control of SD 14 in south Queens. Oh, did we mention Leroy Comrie is also a possibility?

Read more about her below.

[From NYDN] A 48-year-old Navy veteran who saw combat in the Horn of Africa is wading into the hostile waters of southeastern Queens politics.

Cyber security expert Bernadette Semple has added her name to the growing field of candidates planning to take on embattled state Sen. Malcolm Smith in the Democratic primary.

“This district needs a fresh start,” said Semple, who grew up in the Astoria Houses before her family moved to Laurelton.

“You have some people who are greedy and selfish,” Semple said, without naming names. “They only want to help their friends and certain interest groups.”

Semple, one of 10 children, said her biggest strength is that she is “not a politician.”

It’s been almost a year since Smith was arrested by federal authorities for his role in a scheme to bribe GOP officials to back him in a potential Mayoral bid. He pleaded not guilty.

Earlier this year, Smith announced he would be seeking re-election.

For the full article: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/navy-vet-bid-office-queens-article-1.1724873



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Mar 12 2014

Already considering the next mayor?

voteCampaign season never ends.

An article from The Staten Island Advance is already speculating which democratic primary challengers may rise to the occasion and run for Mayor in 2021, thus proving it’s never too early to think ahead.

Among those suggested: Melinda Katz, Eric Adams, and a few more…

[From SIlive.com] STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Democrat Bill de Blasio has been mayor for just over two months.

But that hasn’t stopped speculation about who could run for City Hall in 2021, when de Blasio would be term-limited out of office.

Further proof that campaign season never really ends and that it’s never too early to start prognosticating about any future election.

The 2021 caravan made a bit of a stop on Staten Island last week, when some of the potential mayoral candidates marched in the borough’s St. Patrick’s Parade, and made the requisite stop at the pre-parade festivities at Jody’s Club Forest in West Brighton.

The three maybe contenders in attendance were Public Advocate Letitia James, Comptroller Scott Stringer and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., all Democrats.

Other Democrats are also being mentioned, including Borough Presidents Eric Adams of Brooklyn and Melinda Katz of Queens.

GOP Borough President James Oddo said that he can see any one of them being among those chasing City Hall in eight years. Friendly rivalries have already popped up among them, including between Diaz and Adams.

Diaz got this greeting from Oddo outside of Jody’s: “Get used to coming out here.”

Oddo told us that Diaz “has all the ingredients” to be a top-flight candidate, including his Hispanic background and the “Bronx renaissance” story that he can put before voters.

And being from an outer borough won’t hurt, Oddo said.

“I’m impressed,” Oddo said. “He will have a distinguished resume. He has all the makings of a strong mayoral candidate.”

Right back at you, said Diaz.

“Borough President Oddo is a great guy and an outstanding advocate for Staten Island, and we’re very excited to have him as a colleague and a partner,” said Diaz communications director John DeSio, a former Advance scribe. “We’re going to do some great things together with Borough President Oddo and his office.”

Ordinarily, the City Council Speaker would be included among the contenders, but Democrat Melissa Mark-Viverito is term-limited out of office in four years, putting her in an unusual spot.

“She would have to land someplace else in order to stay viable,” said Oddo, a former councilman. “She’s a talented lady.”

But, as Oddo points out, it’s not like the Speaker’s chair has been a great launching pad to the mayoralty.

The three most recent Speakers who tried, Christine Quinn, Gifford Miller and Peter Vallone, not only didn’t become mayor, none of them even won the Democratic nomination.

“It’s nearly impossible to win from that spot,” said Oddo. “You make enemies with every decision you make.”

For full article: http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2014/03/potential_2021_democratic_mayo.html


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Nov 09 2012

Countdown timer to the next election TBA —–>

We have a countdown timer ticking down till the next big election and this time it’s set for the 2013 City Council Primaries. But we don’t know the exact date yet because we have to wait for Mayor Bloomberg to decide. Not even the dates for petitioning have been set (but that hasn’t stopped a plethora of candidates from filing a committee anyway). It’s likely we won’t know the exact date until after New Years. June is a possibility, and so for now our countdown timer is set for June  - until the date is officially announced. FYI.


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Nov 22 2011

They Laughed When I Sat Down at The Piano – But When I Started to Play!

Tom Allon is running for Mayor to keep the city out of the hands of career politicians.

A grassroots candidate is running for Mayor of New York City and he’s bringing in an attention-grabbing set of qualifications to become Bloomberg’s successor.

Tom Allon is a journalist and a former educator that has high aspirations for city government.

While the race for mayor is two years away, Allon is off to a running start. He’s already released his first campaign ad on television and he recently held his first fundraiser at the Empire State Ballroom. Tom is beginning to attract serious media attention because he is very knowledgeable on a host of issues that affect New Yorkers on a small town, community level. When you talk to him, you’ll quickly  understand.

Tom grew up on the West Side of Manhattan, near Riverside Drive and received a Bachelors degree in History from Cornell University. While his studies did not have a focus on public policy, he is a passionate writer that has traversed the journalistic landscape as a reporter, an editor, and a publisher. He believes his experience will bring a pragmatic approach to public policy making.

Presently, Tom is the CEO of Manhattan Media, which publishes lifestyle magazines such as Avenue and New York Family and community newspapers including City Hall and the Capital. He has also served as the Executive Vice-President of News Communications, the parent company of the Queens Tribune.

Tom is running as a pro-choice Democrat in a crowded primary. While he’s not exactly the new kid on the block of civic activists, as of November 22 he’s raised zero dollars in his campaign finance account. In comparison, Christine Quinn who is widely expected to run for Mayor – but has not yet declared – is sitting on a $4.5 million dollar campaign war chest.

Why is Tom running for Mayor?

“I believe that this city needs new direction for education policy and I think my skills are necessary to get the economy back on track,” said Tom who described his run as an effort “to keep the city out of the hands of career politicians.”

Tom Allon, the education candidate.

Despite the odds, Tom is confident he’s got the makings of the next Mayor of New York City.

Tom has held leadership positions in a pastiche of organizations, boards and committees. He has served as President of the New York Press Association, a member of the board of directors for Symphony Space (a performing arts center in Manhattan), as well as the West Side Crime Prevention Program, the  Broadway Mall Association, and he is very proud of  his accomplishments as a member of the Steering Committee to create two schools, Eleanor Roosevelt High School and Frank McCourt High School, both are located in Manhattan.

Tom believes that community boards should have final decision-making authority in land-use decisions. He wants to see an overhaul of the vetting process for choosing Community Board members that are appointed by the City Council Member and the Borough President, a process he feels is corrupt.

“I think the Community Board should be more transparent and democratic – I’m not so sure Council Members and the Beep should pick Community Board members, we don’t have enough participation as it is,” he said.

Tom believes the selection process, hearings, and votes lack transparency  - even though they are public record and are available online or upon request. “If it weren’t for community papers these issues wouldn’t get covered,” he lamented, adding, “whether through city or private funds, we must publicize the discussions of community boards so that people know what’s going on.”

On his Facebook page, Tom advocated to raise a new class of astute volunteers that can help parents navigate public school resources.

“Parenting coaches should be available free of charge at all public, parochial and private schools in the city,” said Tom.

He’d like to see the city start a Parents Corps (he draws a comparison to the Peace Corps) which he said would be comprised of “highly qualified and carefully screened volunteers who can help New York City’s millions of parents negotiate our flawed and complicated education system.”

Pundits are tossing pessimistic barbs back and forth, but I doubt they’ve had a chance to hear Tom make a strong case for the mayorship. -QP

Tom Allon on Inside City Hall.

Mr. Allon has a well-rounded grasp of education and quality of life issues because he is an average Joe New Yorker. He wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He takes the bus and subway to work every morning and he enjoys riding his bicycle around town.

His political role models – past and present – are Governor Andrew Cuomo, “but he’s only been in office for a year, it’s too early to tell yet,” he said, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd President.

Tom’s family is not politically connected. In an effort to level the media playing field,  Tom sent a memo to City Hall reporters informing them that he will recuse himself from publication during his campaign and told his writers not to fear any repercussions for a harsh critique of his candidacy, he promised.

Asked how he felt about the growing 99% Movement, Tom praised the group’s ability to “raise the consciousness and the inequities in the finance and banking system.” Tom even spent the night sleeping over at Zuccotti Park, but he believed the OWS protest in front of Bloomberg’s home on the West Side was in bad taste.

“It’s a bit misguided to go in front of somebody’s home but democracy protects us,” according to Allon who added,  “If you run for public office, you must be prepared for this, although, I’m not so sure he was home.”

Stay tuned to Queens-Politics.com for the latest updates on Tom Allon.


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