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Apr 23 2012

Halloran Sparks Fire Marshals Endorsement

City Councilman Dan Halloran received the nod from the Fire Marshals Benevolent Association for his bid for the 6th Congressional seat left vacant by Gary Ackerman.

PRESS RELEASE: The Fire Marshals Benevolent Association endorsed Council Member Dan Halloran’s campaign for Congress today at Engine 306 in Bayside.

Halloran, who has two brothers currently serving as FDNY firefighters, led the effort to save Engine 306 last year after the City threatened to close it in budgeting.  The Council Member hosted a rally last spring at the engine company with over 400 people, which attracted citywide news coverage and numerous elected and community leaders.

“Dan has worked tirelessly for his constituents as their City Council Member,” said Bill Kregler, the union’s president. “We need Dan’s commitment to working class families in combating a runaway dysfunctional Washington administration. Dan will steer this Titanic administration from disaster and put our country back on the right course.”

“As a working class kid from Queens, I appreciate all that our uniformed servants do to protect us.  Our City’s fire marshals are on the front lines in keeping our families safe.  They risk life and limb so that we may sleep well at night,” said Halloran. “In Congress, I will fight to make sure they have the resources they need to continue their heroism so that they may stay safe while they protect us.  I am proud to accept their endorsement.”

While in the Council, Halloran has introduced two bills supported by the Fire Marshals’ union. Intro 719 would require the FDNY to submit an annual arson investigation report to the Council. This would allow the Council to track arson investigations and ensure that resources are being properly allocated to arson investigations. Intro 620 would allow the City a cause of action against convicted arsonists to recoup the cost of fighting the fire and conducting the investigation.

“Improving public safety has been one of the pillars of my service on the Council” said Halloran. “I am honored to stand along side these men and women who share that same value. I wish to express my thanks to Bill Kregler and to everyone who puts on a uniform and goes to work everyday in order to protect the people of New York City.”

New York City Fire Marshals are both firefighters and law enforcement officers charged with preventing, investigating, and prosecuting arsons. The Fire Marshal Benevolent Association, which is comprised of over 500 active and retired New York City Fire Marshals, first supported Halloran in 2009 when he was running for the City Council.

The Council Member comes from a family of service and sacrifice.  He lost a cousin, FDNY Lt. Vincent Halloran, in the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001.

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Oct 28 2011

Scala Seeks Democratic Endorsement For 6th Congressional.

NY6 includes the neighborhoods of Cambria Heights, Edgemere, Far Rockaway, Hollis, Jamaica, Laurelton, Queens Village, Rosedale, Saint Albans, Springfield Gardens, and South Ozone Park, old Howard Beach as well as John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Michael Scala will announce this Sunday, October 30th that he is seeking the Democratic endorsement for the sixth Congressional district in Queens.

It is widely rumored that embattled incumbent Gregory Meeks will stepdown in the wake of criminal and ethics probes, leaving the seat up for grabs.

Michael grew up in Rosedale, attended public school and graduated Polytechnic University. He is a soon to be minted lawyer and a professional recording artist. Michael is a veteran of the Obama campaign in 2008 and he  recently founded the Solid Ground movement, which advocates for transparency in government and the protection of Social Security and Medicare as well as supporting strong labor unions and capitol improvements for critical infrastructure.

Read his press release for more background on Michael Scala, the candidate. Check back with Queens-Politics.com for the latest updates.

QUEENS, NY – Mike Scala, who was born and raised in Rosedale, Queens, will announce on Sunday that he is seeking the Democratic nomination to represent New York’s sixth congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. The announcement is open to the press and will take place at Once Upon A Time (8761 111th Street, Jamaica, NY 11418) at 3 PM.

His campaign espouses the message that those on the ground level have better perspective than the establishment

“With over 8% of Americans unemployed, now is the time to demand stronger leadership. Strengthening essential programs on which everyday Americans rely, investing in our infrastructure, and improving our educational system must be prioritized over needless wars and tax spending on the wealthy. To put it simply, President Obama needs more support from his own party to enact the changes promised by his election.”

Mr. Scala graduated cum laude from the Polytechnic Institute of NYU, and is now in his final year of study at Brooklyn Law School. He has worked for the legal department of New York State United Teachers, where he helped defend educators facing discrimination. He additionally spent time at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, which advocates for improving end of life care and is the largest nonprofit membership organization of its kind in the United States. During the 2008 presidential election, Mr. Scala worked with the Obama campaign to help college students vote early via in-person absentee ballot. Scala is a Hip Hop artist who has released music through the storied Rawkus Records. He recently founded the Solid Ground movement, which promotes governmental focus on everyday Americans and has garnered national support.

New York’s sixth congressional district includes the Queens neighborhoods of Cambria Heights, Edgemere, Far Rockaway, Hollis, Jamaica, Laurelton, Old Howard Beach, Queens Village, Rosedale, Saint Albans, Springfield Gardens, and South Ozone Park. John F. Kennedy International Airport is also located within the district.

Please direct inquiries to Paul Rozenberg at 908-331-0641 or media@scalaforcongress.com



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Oct 20 2011

Queens-Politics Endorses Carrie Solages For Nassau County Legislator

Carrie Solages is running for Legislature in Nassau County. You should support him.

It’s not in Queens, but readers have encouraged me to look into the case of Carrie Solages, a Queens born Democrat running for Nassau County’s third legislative district in Elmont, Long Island that borders our borough.

They are the legislative arm of Nassau County. Like a City Council Member, but across the border.

Carrie’s campaign has faced the malevolent thrust of the GOP machine. The powers that be gave a tacit endorsement to send thug Vinny Prisco to harass the campaign with racist and sexist taunts, allegedly. While opponent James Ciotti, a Republican is under damage control, the Carrie campaign is moving forward.

Carrie is asking tough questions:

“How should the county solve its budget crisis? Should the police unions and the Civil Service Employees Association make contract concessions? Should county services be cut? Should there be a tax increase? Should the County eliminate its guarantee to refund other taxing districts’ (including school districts) share of property taxes paid in error due to County assessment errors?

This is an exciting time for our community to get real jobs that we need and have a real economic boost which we are desperate for,” Carrie said in an email.

Carrie is an attorney, former Bronx prosecutor and lifelong resident of Elmont. He graduated Georgetown University where he studied International History. He is also the former vice president of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association. He was born in Jamaica, Queens and raised in Elmont.

Carrie has grown wary of politics as usual and decided to throw his hat in the ring to bring Nassau County in the 21st Century. He has a plan to bring jobs into the community and is an avid supporter of programs to support young students. Quality of life issues are a top concern, as is zoning, two critical issues a local legislative candidate should always include as part of their proposal for county government.

Cuts will be tough this year, they are all across New York state. Carrie knows we have to make a sacrifice, but these cuts should come from the top, not from public transportation and first responders. Privatization is not the answer.

Carrie is the reform candidate running against the machine.

Queens Politics makes it a point to endorse candidates that are courageous enough to standup in the face of adversity. Elect Carrie and it will help change the state-wide balance of power in our favor. For these reasons and more, Queens-Politics is proud to endorse Carrie Solages for Nassau County Legislator.

Vote Carrie Solages November 8th!

Carrie Solages keeps his ear to the beat of the neighborhood.



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