THE ROAD TO THE STATE SENATE MAJORITY
KUDOS TO MALCOLM SMITH, JOE CROWLEY, JOE ADDABBO & ALBERT BALDEO FOR THEIR VISION & COMMITMENT
The vision, unity and commitment collectively shown by the Queens Democratic County Leader Congressman Joe Crowley, Democratic State Senate Leader Malcolm Smith, Congressman Gregory Meeks, State Senator Joe Addabbo, Attorney and community advocate Albert Baldeo and others, are memorialized on You Tube:In the crucial run up to the election, and at the behest of our party’s leadership, Albert put his personal ambitions and sacrifices aside in a gut wrenching decision, and united behind Councilman Addabbo to defeat the 20 year incumbent Serph Maltese, whose seat was the linchpin for us taking back the State Senate. As it turned out, term limits were extended in the City Council, Councilman Addabbo would have remained there, and Albert would have been Maltese’s replacement. Loyalty to the Democratic Party can be painful, indeed!
Collectively, we have created a new era in politics in New York State, a ground breaking event which brought an end to Republican control in Albany and heralded a new Democratic majority. Time is of the essence as we move our state forward, and resolve to meet the opportunities and challenges of a new year. We renew our resolution to learn from past failures and commit to the improvement of our neighborhoods, cities and State, and fight for a better quality of life and solutions to our community's problems.
We must continue to fight for our collective interests, protect our kids, working families and seniors, fight for better education, public safety, wages, jobs and health care, be more responsive to our friends in need, and be better stewards of our environment and neighborhoods.
With the many lows, such as the plummeting of the real estate markets, increased costs of living and prescription drugs, the high foreclosure rate due to mortgage failures, the highest unemployment rate in recent years, huge and painful financial bailouts for mismanaged industries and the collapse of our financial institutions due to predatory lending, it is hard not to acknowledge that 2008 was perhaps the most dreadful year for most of us. Families and small businesses in our local communities are hurting big time. With the state budget crisis, pending increases in property taxes, MTA fares, tuition costs, utility costs, and the introduction of new taxes, such as music and obesity taxes, and budget cuts in health care, schools, police and the fire department, New Yorkers are urged to keep the faith and fight and pray for a brighter and better 2009. Democrats, the ball is in our court. Let us seize this moment, together!
UNITED COMMUNITIES DEMOCRATIC CLUB
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