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Mar 03 2014

Grace Meng ‘Disappointed’ With Tony Avella

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What does it mean when the nicest person in politics is suddenly calling you out?

You’ve been a bad boy Tony.

At her campaign announcement, Grace Meng said how deeply disappointed she was with Avella’s switch to the IDC.

This means a little more than at first glance: Meng is an optimist known for her sincerity, warmth, and candor to everyone – even her political enemies – which comes in part from longstanding roots in her hometown district and an old school sense of respect. Grace gives a mother’s touch to everything, sort of like the district’s ever-watchful matriarch, always reluctant to scold you in public, so when she  spoke of her feelings during a press conference about Tony Avella and his IDC debacle (an old colleague mind you), we couldn’t help but feel like our mother just gave us that look of REAL disappointment.

John Liu wasn’t happy about Tony either, but it’s Grace’s comments we should be mindful of, no matter how delicate.

[From The Politicker] State Senator Tony Avella’s decision to join the Independent Democratic Conference is irking ex-Comptroller John Liu and Congresswoman Grace Meng.

Mr. Liu and Ms. Meng–who like Mr. Avella, are Democrats hailing from northeast Queens–criticized Mr. Avella when asked about about his recent move to join the breakaway conference Democrats governing the State Senate with the Republican Party.

“It’s disappointing to say the very least,” Ms. Meng told Politicker at an unrelated press conference. “I think the Democrats, especially the Democratic senators, have worked very hard on issues that not only affect Democrats throughout the state, but affect everyone, all working families. And so I was disappointed at the very least.”

Full article: http://politicker.com/2014/03/grace-meng-and-john-liu-slam-tony-avella-for-joining-idc/

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Mar 03 2014

John Liu: Congress still an option

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It ain’t over till it’s over.

John Liu, hometown hero, antes up and denies widespread rumors of a challenge to Congresswoman Grace Meng in NY6, even offering his endorsement to the beloved incumbent in his hometown.

Despite the endorsement, rumors are still floating about Liu gunning for Congresswoman Nydia Velazaquez’s seat, a fact he doesn’t deny, so it still seems a run for Congress (where you only have to be a resident of the state to run in a district) is still an option for Liu.

[From The PolitickerJohn Liu still won’t rule out another try for elected office. 

The ex-comptroller and mayoral candidate refused to swat down rumors that he is mulling a bid against Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, even as he put another batch of rumors to rest by endorsing his own congresswoman, Grace Meng, for re-election.

“Let met me just say that rumors are rumors and I’m not in the business of denying nor confirming rumors. So I’ll leave it at that,” Mr. Liu told reporters at the endorsement press conference today. “Obviously we have a capable incumbent in the 7th District [Ms. Velázquez's district] as we do in other districts that rumors have been floated about me.”

When Politicker asked if Mr. Liu would rule out a congressional bid of any kind–he was also rumored to be mulling a challenge against Ms. Meng before he endorsed her today–Mr. Liu played coy. 

For full article: http://politicker.com/2014/03/john-liu-is-keeping-his-political-options-open/

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Photo of the day: Congresswoman Grace Meng Prepares For Reelection Announcement

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Nov 20 2013

Grace Meng Robbed In D.C

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Congresswoman Grace Meng was robbed and beaten outside of her Washington D.C. apartment, according to the Queens Courier.

Meng, although bruised, downplayed the incident and though suffering from minor cuts and bruises, resumed her daily schedule shortly after a visit to a nearby hospital.

While the attacker fled on foot, the incident raises questions about crime and poverty statistics in our nation’s capitol.

Crimes of desperation?

Poverty is an overwhelming problem in D.C. Some studies, taking into account the high cost of living in the capitol, estimate the poverty level as high as 23% compared to 19% by official statistics. Nonetheless, poverty is currently on the rise in GW’s shadow, meaning nearly 1 in 5 residents living below the poverty line, and Meng’s attack was in no doubt symptomatic of this employment crisis and ever-widening income gap.

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Feb 05 2013

Meng and Vallone Teamup To Fight For FEMA Relief

Peter ValloneTwo of the most powerful Dems in Queens politics have teamed up to fight for FEMA Aid for houses of worship that played a vital role in sheltering residents before and after Superstorm Sandy.

This week Councilman Peter Vallone plans to introduce legislation calling on the federal government to pass Congress Member Grace Meng’s bill and allow houses of worship damaged by Superstorm Sandy to receive aid from FEMA.

“Our houses of worship were here helping Queens when the government wasn’t, and now they need our help,” said Council Member Vallone. “Turning our backs on them now would be adding insult to injury – first the storm devastates them, and then, despite the charity they have displayed for centuries, we abandon them.”

Both during and after the storm, houses of worship were on the front lines taking care of the refugees and evacuees. But despite holding their doors open (and sustaining significant storm damage in the interim), all houses of worship are currently excluded from qualifying for federal aid to cover the cost of repairs.

Grace Meng, Queens Politics“Three months since Hurricane Sandy battered our region, houses of worship continue to be denied the same treatment that is afforded to other non-profit entities,” said U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens). “This is unfair, wrong and must change as churches, synagogues, mosques and temples still struggle to secure the money they need in order to repair or rebuild their facilities. I will continue to keep up the fight in Congress, and I thank Councilman Vallone, Speaker Quinn and Councilman Recchia for their leadership on this issue, and for highlighting my effort in the New York City Council.”

The City Council’s Committee on Finance will be holding a hearing for the bill on February 7th, which is co-sponsored by Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Council Member Domenic Recchia.

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Nov 21 2012

Steve Behar to succeed Senator Avella?

Civic leader Steve Behar may have an opening to run for State Senate.

As the race for Borough President heats up with more prospective candidates testing the waters, one stellar civic leader anxiously awaits an opening to represent New York’s 11th Senate District should the right pieces fall into place.

It is widely rumored incumbent Senator Tony Avella will be throwing his hat in the ring for Borough President. Should Avella become the next Beep, a special election will be held where community advocate Steve Behar will have a chance to take his place in Albany.

Behar, a progressive reformer who ran unsuccessfully for City Council and State Assembly, has been quietly building a coalition of community and civic leaders, which are already expressing encouragement.

Alfredo Centola, President of the Malba Gardens Civic Association agrees Behar would be the right choice for the district. “Steve would be phenomenally excellent and he would take into account all the needs of the community and he would listen to all the different parts of the community and work with everyone” said Centola. “He’s straightforward and he’s genuine, which is rare.”

Democratic District Leader Martha Flores Vazquez also expressed support. “Steve appears to be a gentleman with an open mind; his law experience may benefit the community in the state legislature.”

In what will be a hotly contested race pitting Avella against other campaign heavyweights like City Councilman Peter Vallone and Leroy Comrie, Lobbyist Melinda Katz, and Senator Jose Peralta, despite the strong opposition Avella is said to be mulling a chance to stand out from the crowd to gain a foothold in boro-wide politics for another shot at Mayor in 2017.

in the meantime, Behar, a member of Community Board 11, has been busy honing his campaign skills delivering victory after victory for the Democratic Party. Recently he served as field director for Nassau County Legislator Carrie Solages, campaign manager for Senator-elect James Sanders, as well as spearheading the legal team for Congresswoman-elect Grace Meng.

Should the pieces fall into place, a special election will likely take place in February to fill the vacancy. The County organization will have the choice to endorse Behar in the special or risk losing his large base (who will likely stay home in protest) and give rise to Senator Halloran –  a frightening prospect for the Democratic County organization considering Republican Senator Frank Padavan represented the district for over 30 years.

Senate District 11 encompasses a huge section of Queens where Behar has strong name recognition.

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Nov 02 2012

Congresswoman Grace Meng thanks Queens-Politics

A special thanks to Assemblywoman Grace Meng for accepting my endorsement of her bid for U.S Congress with kind words that reflect the mission of Queens-Politics to restore accountability in government and politics.

“I am honored to have the endorsement of Queens Politics – a blog that stands for the issues I believe in, including transparency in government and electoral reform. My thanks as well to Queens Politics Editor in Chief, Adam Lombardi, for his community activism and parish volunteerism in Auburndale and throughout Queens.” -Grace Meng

Grace, we know what you are altogether right. Your platform is right, the place is right, and you are the right person for that place, and when the right time comes, we will be right on the spot with our right hands raised to cast our ballots and usher in a new era of good government. When elected I know you shall bring to Congress an earnest desire to perform your duties efficiently and honorably. When you are successful at the polls, it will not be a personal triumph, but the triumph of those principles which you represent.

Cheers to the people’s victory on November 6th. Vote Grace For Congress!

Grace Meng

Grace Meng and I.

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Nov 01 2012

Grace Meng wins coveted endorsement

With the election just around the corner endorsements are still pouring in. In case you missed it, Congressional Candidate Grace Meng was endorsed by the Jewish Press.

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Oct 26 2012

Halloran calls shenanigans on Meng’s endorsement claims

[Updated] Was Grace Meng really endorsed by the New York Times in the general election like her official campaign literature seems to claim? According to a spokesman for Dan Halloran, the New York Times said they had not endorsed Grace Meng in the General Election only  in the Primary election yet her literature might lead you to believe otherwise.

The spox also mentioned that Grace had touted the Times endorsement at a candidate’s forum held at St. John’s University. Video can be seen here.

The measure of a candidate is their integrity on the campaign trail. This applies to everyone including Dan Halloran.

Here’s the pic. Judge for yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Oct 22 2012

New poll indicates Halloran inching ahead of opponent

If the new poll indicates a valid trend, Meng could be in trouble.

[Updated x3] A press release from the Halloran campaign highlights the findings of a new poll that suggests a dead heat in the race for NY6.

According to pollsters Mclaughin and Associates, a poll taken on October 10th & 11th, 2012 indicates Halloran is in a neck and neck battle against Meng with Halloran receiving 33% to Meng’s 36%, which is well within the margin of error.

Press release: Council Member Dan Halloran is in a statistical dead heat with Assembly Member Grace Meng, according to the latest poll. Despite spending well over a million dollars (including more than $122,000 of her own funds) and outspending Halloran by more than 10 to 1, she has failed to develop a significant lead.

The poll indicates that Halloran holds a 5% lead among voters who have heard of both candidates. Halloran leads by an astounding 28% among voters who have a firm opinion of both candidates. The poll concludes that “voters who know both Halloran and Meng like Halloran better.”

Mitt Romney is leading President Obama in the district, according to the poll. Romney receives 46% to Obama’s 43%, with 11% undecided. Poll respondents gave President Obama a 61% negative job rating.

Pollster McLaughlin & Associates point out that,

 ”Voters of this district have a history of electing Republicans, including Senator Frank Padavan, Senator Serf Maltese, Rudy Giuliani and Dan Halloran himself.  Further, portions of this district also voted for Congressman Bob Turner.”

Halloran spokesman Kevin Ryan said,

“The poll confirms that Dan Halloran is on his way to winning this race. Dan won over Democrats in his Council race and he is doing it again in the heart of Queens. Voters know that he will fight to create jobs, help small businesses and reduce gas prices.”

Ryan continued,

“Dan Halloran is ranked the #1 New York City Councilman for constituent services and voters know it. You can’t buy a record like that, even if you’re a multi-millionaire like Grace Meng.”

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Update Oct. 22 10:48 AM : In a statement, Meng spox Austin Finan said Dan Halloran is making poll numbers up.

Leave it to Dan Halloran to release a tailor-made poll. This “poll” is nothing more than a desperate attempt on behalf of the Halloran campaign to raise money from its far right, radical Tea Party base of support. Once again, Dan Halloran just makes things up and expects no one to question him. I think we would all like to see the methodology of this survey so that we may see what is obvious: this poll does not represent the diversity or true sensibilities of middle-class voters in Queens.

Please note that Grace for New York’s internal polling shows the Assemblywoman with a sizeable, 51%-22% lead with 27% undecided.

Update Oct. 22 12:20 PM: Halloran Spox, Kevin Ryan responds to Finan’s comment,

I do not believe anyone would categorize Rudy Giuliani, who endorsed Dan Halloran, as a far-right radical member of the Tea Party. I have not seen a summary of any poll from the Meng campaign, but our summary is available for anyone to see.
Update Oct. 22 12:30 PM: Meng spox, Austin Finan casts more doubt on the methodology of the Halloran-released poll and requests specifics to prove validity,
400 voters from throughout the 6th Congressional were polled, demographically representative amongst all political parties and blanks, and at no time – testing any messages in any scenario – did Dan Halloran receive more than 24% of anything looking like support of any kind from anywhere. Once the Halloran camp releases what percentage of respondents in their bogus poll speak what languages – and from what neighborhoods and amongst what registrants – we’ll gladly release additional info.

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Oct 09 2012

New Evidence Contradicts Post Story

Looks like Meng’s attack on Dan Halloran’s campaign finance could be unraveling as a Board of Elections employee can not recall his statement to the Post Reporter…

According to a press release, the State Board of Elections spokesperson quoted in a recent story in the New York Post denies that he told the Post reporter that the Board sent Halloran’s campaign filings to the Albany District Attorney and that the D.A. was “eying” Halloran’s filings.

Mr. Connolly verified today that, “the State Board (of Elections) has not been contacted by the Albany County District Attorney regarding the Halloran Campaign filings,” and that no referrals for 2011 or 2012 have been made by the NYS Board of Elections for any candidate committees.

When asked if the Board of Elections had indicated that Halloran’s Campaign specifically had been referred to the DA’s office, Connolly said he had no recollection of telling Post reporter Josh Margolin that.  Connolly said he merely spoke to the reporter about the generalities of referring matters to the Albany DA annually, when filings are late.

Connolly indicated that the Committee to Elect Dan Halloran for City Council campaign filings are now current. In a conversation with Halloran Campaign staff, Mr. Connolly said, “ I have been misquoted before.”

The delay in filings referred to in the article stemmed from Halloran’s 2009 Council Campaign.

In 2009, opponent Kevin Kim lied in his last two weeks of filing with the CFB before the election. The Halloran campaign put the Campaign Finance Board on notice by letter at that time, because the Kim campaign had produced several mailers and were already in the Tier I bonus bracket.

Because Kim misrepresented the CFB filings, the Halloran campaign did not receive the Tier 2 bonus ($100,000 in additional funds) before the election was over. A week after the election, CFB’s initial review showed that Kim spent well over the bonus criteria and the Halloran campaign was retroactively awarded the full bonus. However, that bonus could not be released to until all audits of the Kim campaign and Halloran campaign were completed, because it was a post-election award.

The Halloran campaign audit to the NYC CFB was fully submitted and Kim’s was just finalized last month (resulting in numerous fines for improper disclosures by the Kim campaign). After the Halloran campaign audit is finalized, it will receive the bonus and pay all remaining bills.

The state filings, which were the subject of the story, are merely post-election update notices while the campaign account remains open.  The only reason it remains open is to pay out the vendor bills from the bonus that is owed the Halloran campaign from the NYC Campaign Finance Board. As the state filings show, the only significant activity of the camp is retiring debt, which in large part must wait for the CFB’s disbursement. All filings with the State Board of Elections and City CFB are complete, current and available online

The Halloran campaign hopes that the Post will take appropriate corrective action and redact these statements immediately and that all the media will continue to focus on the issues of the current race for Congress. Meng violated House Ethics rules by not filing her personal financial disclosure in this race for Congress.

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Oct 09 2012

Meng to NY: Medicare is safe with me

Assemblywoman Grace Meng and former Congresswoman Liz Holtzman vows to Protect Medicare; calling it a “A non-negotiable position.”

Press Release: Assemblywoman Grace Meng and former United States Congresswoman Liz Holtzman today stood with seniors to discuss key issues, including Medicare, in front of the CCNS Bayside Senior Center in Bayside. 

Liz Holtzman, who served in Congress from 1973 to 1981, remarked: “We can never balance the federal budget on the backs of our seniors. Seniors are rightly worried these days about important programs like Medicare being harmed by the misguided policies of the Tea Party Republicans in Washington, D.C. We need a Congress that is working for us, not against us. I know that Grace Meng can be trusted to stand with seniors and our most vulnerable neighbors as we fight against misguided and dangerous attacks on these vital programs.”

 Assemblywoman Meng stated:  “Our seniors have worked hard raising families, serving our country, and building strong businesses and communities. Too many in Washington are too eager to shamefully turn their backs on our seniors. Republican plans for Medicare would end guaranteed benefits for our seniors and destroy the traditional Medicare option.”

Republican designs for Medicare would harm today’s seniors immediately. Republicans seek to re-open the prescription drug donut hole, eliminate coverage for preventive care, cut Medicaid, and eliminate the guaranteed benefits of the current Medicare system. Although Republicans claim that today’s seniors could retain the traditional Medicare option, this is a false promise because traditional Medicare would collapse as the new private insurers cherry pick the younger seniors, on whose premiums traditional Medicare relies in order to offset the costs of providing for the sick.

“Medicare is not just another government program; it’s a commitment by our country to its most respected citizens. It is also a great insurance plan. Preserving this program is simply non-negotiable. As a member of Congress, I’ll fight to ensure Medicare is not played as a bargaining chip by the Tea Party-dominated Republican Party as we work to get our country’s fiscal house in order, reduce our national debt and close the deficit,” continued Meng. 

“It’s time for the Republicans to cease their draconian scare tactics. We can continue to fully fund Medicare in the long-term by reducing inefficiencies in the system, cutting out waste and fraud, enabling Medicare to leverage its bargaining power to eliminate overpayments to insurers, Big Pharma, and device manufacturers, and broadening the base of the insured in our healthcare system.”

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Oct 08 2012

Opponent Blasts Halloran’s Campaign Finance

From The New York Post: Controversial City Councilman Dan Halloran may be locked in a heated battle for Congress, but a bigger problem facing him could be state election regulators and criminal prosecutors.

Halloran (left) is 2 1/2 years in arrears on filing campaign-finance reports for his 2009 Council run, and, as a result, the state Board of Elections has sent the matter to the Albany district attorney for investigation and possible prosecution, The Post has learned.

Election board spokesman Thomas Connolly said Halloran has missed five filing deadlines, dating to January 2010, when the Republican lawyer from Queens first took his Council seat. Election regulators have issued default judgments against Halloran for each absent filing. After a year, board judgments become subject to possible criminal penalties.

As of Friday, Halloran owed the state $3,243 in fines plus interest, which keeps growing, according to records.

Halloran, 40, yesterday offered little excuse, saying, “I don’t file the campaign-finance forms because I’m not the treasurer with the campaign . . . I’m not the treasurer. I don’t know off the top of my head.”

He is facing Democratic Assemblywoman Grace Meng to replace Rep. Gary Ackerman.

Halloran has criticized Meng for, among other things, failing to comply with federal regs requiring congressional candidates to file financial-disclosure forms more than four months after entering the race.

After learning from The Post about Halloran’s situation with the Board of Elections, Meng spokesman Austin Finan tore into the Republican.

“Dan Halloran’s arrogance is dumbfounding,” Finan said. “We fully expect the district attorney’s office to follow through with criminal charges against Mr. Halloran and for the councilman to come clean and explain himself . . . He is either wholly incompetent, supremely arrogant or desperately attempting to hide fundraising improprieties.”

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Oct 01 2012

Halloran Blasts Mayor For Endorsement of Opponent

In response to Grace Meng’s recent endorsement by Mayor Bloomberg, her opponent Dan Halloran sent out a press release calling the endorsement another one of Mayor Mike’s ill conceived ideas. Full context in the official communication below.

Press Release: Mayor Bloomberg Advocates Soda Ban, Congestion Pricing, and now Grace Meng for Congress

Nanny State Mayor’s Bad Ideas Just Keep Coming

Not surprisingly, the Mayor who bought himself a third term by disregarding the will of the People and overturning elected official term-limits, now moves to endorse Assemblywoman Meng for Congress.  It’s no wonder this Super Nanny-State advocate, who champions feel good measures with no shot of fixing real problems, has made this choice. Whether it’s the soda ban, his congestion pricing schemes, or the bike lanes to nowhere, Mayor Mike has found another bad idea for New Yorkers: Grace Meng in Congress.

“I have vocally fought the Mayor‘s social engineering pet projects and spending excesses.  I’ve called out the Mayor on the City Time scandal long before the others piled on, back when it was “just” a question of being ten-times over budget.  I fought to keep Queens free from the Mayor’s Congestion Pricing Plan, which would have cost local residents millions.  And despite the Mayor’s billions, I will continue to speak truth to power.   Meng, a go-along Democrat won’t stand up for New Yorkers’ right to think for themselves, has voted 99.7% with Shelly Silver in Albany. She certainly isn’t rocking the boat here in New York, and we can’t expect her to in Congress,” Halloran said.

In the past, Halloran has also warned the Mayor’s office of many unconstitutional city plans, such as the so-called Crisis Pregnancy Center Bill that Bloomberg signed into law and was struck down in Federal Court three days after he signed it, which curtailed the free-speech rights of Catholic institutions.  He spoke out against the City’s proposed taxi medallion sale, which Halloran pointed out violated the State Constitution and now jeopardizes the NYC Budget revenue projections with a $1.5 billion dollar shortfall.  Council Member Halloran also stood up for churches and other religious institutions when the Mayor sought to prevent them from renting off-hours space in publically owned buildings.

“Bloomberg’s latest suggestion for the City of New York, voting for Grace Meng, is just as detrimental to New Yorkers’ freedom and prosperity as the rest of the Mayor’s ill-conceived ideas.  This reminds Queens residents of why New York City is already faced with above average unemployment, high taxes and a huge cost of living along with ever-increasing tolls and subway fares.  Our small businesses are struggling more than ever with exorbitant fees and aggressive city ‘revenue’ programs. Our voters need Meng in Congress like they needed the soda ban,” said spokesman Kevin Ryan.

Dan Halloran will continue to fight for New York in the United States Congress, because he’s one of us.  We know we aren’t better off today than we were four years ago; we wish the Mayor and Grace Meng knew that, too.

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Oct 01 2012

Bloomberg Endorses Grace for Congress

It's also Grace Meng's Birthday.

 Press Release:

Assemblywoman Grace Meng, the Democratic candidate for Congress in New York’s 6thdistrict, today received the endorsement of Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Mayor Bloomberg has been active on the national stage, particularly on the issues of reviving our economy, pushing common sense immigration policy, advocating for stricter gun laws and pursuing solutions to the issues that many in Congress do not want to tackle.

“New Yorkers demand representation in Washington that puts the needs of the taxpayers ahead of partisan politics. Grace Meng will be the independent voice in Congress that middle-class families in Queens deserve. Whether it’s her outspoken support for sensible gun legislation to help make our streets safer or her advocacy for common sense immigration reform, Grace embodies the values that Queens’ residents care about most. Grace Meng can be counted on to deliver for the constituents of the 6th Congressional District, just as she has as a bridge-builder in Albany,” said Mayor Bloomberg.

Assemblywoman Meng said, “I am proud and honored to have the support of Mayor Bloomberg, whose leadership has helped make New York City and the nation stronger. Like the mayor, I have made the tough, but necessary choices to deliver for my constituents as an Assembly Member – a habit I plan to continue as a member of Congress. Partisan bickering isn’t creating jobs, making our streets safer, or ensuring the preservation and long-term solvency of critical entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare. Now more than ever, middle-class families in Queens need consensus-builders to deliver on the issues that matter most to them.”

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