Aug 22 2008 - 12:00am
Published by: Alexis Grenell

QUEENS, NY-After a long primary season in which the candidates campaigned hard for the chance to challenge Republican Senator Serphin Maltese, Albert Baldeo today endorsed Joe Addabbo for State Senate. Democratic heavy weights were on hand to commend both gentlemen on a fair and clean fight, and express a unified front going into the general election.

“Albert has been a worthy opponent and I applaud his whole hearted embrace of the democratic process. The Democratic Party is the party of inclusion, it’s a big tent with room for everyone, and we are stronger for his efforts. I look forward to working together as we head into November to bring real reform to Albany and accomplish our shared goals of increased funding for education, better jobs and benefits, increased access to government services, and improving the lives of middle class and hard working people. The voters of the 15th Senate District deserve nothing less,” said Councilman Addabbo.

Mr. Baldeo will remain on the ballot, although he will devote his full focus to the Party’s effort to oust Senator Maltese whom he challenged in 2006, coming within 800 votes of victory. Addabbo assured voters that he would continue his efforts to actively earn their support on September 9th.

“I’m proud to be supporting Joe Addabbo for State Senate and plan to work with him here in the district, and hopefully in Albany, for the good of my community. Joe Addabbo has been an outstanding Councilman and I have full confidence that he will bring that same spirit of openness and leadership with him to Albany. Joe Addabbo is the best candidate to beat Maltese in November, I encourage all my supporters to vote for Joe!” said Mr. Baldeo.

Since July, the Addabbo campaign has been aggressively reaching out to the community and organizing support, rolling out endorsements and initiatives, knocking doors, attending events, and phone banking nightly to an enthusiastic response. In the 15th Senate District, Democrats outnumber Republicans with an enrollment of 70,000 to 30,000, or 40,000 more registered Democrats.

Senate Democratic Leader Malcolm A. Smith added, "Albert Baldeo believes, as I do, that the State Senate must change to move forward, that 40 years of unfulfilled promises by Senate Republicans is too long to wait for action. It takes a tremendous character to lay aside personal plans for the good of the state. We can now unite behind Joseph Addabbo who can bring about the real economic change we need to get New York working again."

"Democrats have the chance to make historic gains up and down the ballot this November. The best way for us to achieve our goals is by working together," said Queens County Democratic Party Chair Joseph Crowley. “I look forward to a united Queens County Democratic party working to elect Councilman Joe Addabbo to the New York State Senate.”

"It is imperative that Democrats maintain a unified front in this 2008 election year. We are closer than ever before to winning back the majority in the New York State Senate, with the support of Albert Baldeo and the other members of the Queens Democratic Party we come one step closer to ensuring that Joseph Addabbo becomes the next Senator of the 15th district,” concluded Congressman Gregory Meeks.


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