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Political April 11, 2013  RSS feed

The Campaign Trail

In the months leading up to the citywide primary and general elections, the Times Newsweekly/Ridgewood Times will feature in this column press releases and statements sent by the campaigns of the candidates on the ballot.

The statements in this column do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Times Newsweekly/Ridgewood Times or its staff.

Mud-slinging statements which include personal attacks on candidates are omitted.

Boro President Race

Borough President Candidates’ Forum

Queens residents will get a chance to hear from and respond to Borough President hopefuls at the candidate’s forum held at St. John’s University 80-00 Utopia Parkway on the fourth flood of the D’Angelo Center at 8:30 a.m., Apr. 12

The event is being put on by the Queens Chamber of Commerce and will be moderated by Rocco Vertuccio of NY1.

Confirmed candidates (in alphabetical order) are: Tony Avella, Leroy Comrie, Barry Grodenchik, Melinda Katz, Jose Peralta and Peter Vallone Jr.

To register for the forum, go to http://www.queenschamber.org/event s/eventdetail.aspx?EventID=849, call 1-718-898-8500, ext. 123, or e-mial sganosis@queenschamber.org

Nat. Women’s Org. Backs Peralta

Jose Peralta’s bid to become Queens borough president was endorsed today by the political action committee of the Brooklyn-Queens chapter of NOW, the National Organization for Women.

“We are extremely proud to endorse Jose Peralta for Queens Borough President,” said Shirley Ranz, Brooklyn-Queens NOW PAC President. “Like NOW, Jose believes unequivocally in a women's right to choose, in equal pay and equal treatment, in the fundamental human right to marry the person you love, in science over fear, and in basic civil rights and human dignity. He has been a tireless advocate for these principals throughout his career and we believe there is no better candidate to continue the fight for fairness and equality in Queens and throughout New York.”

“I am honored to receive the support of the Brooklyn-Queens NOW PAC,” said Peralta. “As a State Senator and Assemblymember, I have worked hard to promote the rights of women. I have fought for shelter services and permanent housing for survivors of domestic violence, worked to put sex traffickers out of business and raise awareness of the horrors of human trafficking. I have worked to pass the Reproductive Health and Marriage Equality Acts and sponsored legislation to take guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, as well as legislation to provide greater opportunities for minority and women owned businesses. As Borough President, I will keep fighting sex discrimination in all its forms and continue to battle the scourge of violence against women.”

Peralta’s candidacy has also been endorsed by SEIU Local 32BJ, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., State Senator Adriano Espaillat, Assemblymember Karim Camara, and clergy of various faiths.

For more information on voting or to obtain a voting registration application, contact the New York City Board of Elections at 1-212-VOTENYC or visit www.vote.nyc.ny.us.

Press representatives of candidates may send their information to this paper by fax to 1-718-456-0120 or e-mail to info@times newsweekly.com. All releases are subject to editing.