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For Immediate Release                                                        Contact: Albert Baldeo

9/24/2009                                                                                 President                                                         

We strongly request that our new State Assemblyman Mike Miller restore funding to the many organizations that serve our district

Our community must not be punished for Seminerio's acts

Several of the organizations that do valuable work in our community are facing financial difficulties and possible closures because the discretionary funds allocated to them from our collective tax dollars have been frozen on account of the legal problems that faced our former Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio. Our community must not be made to suffer collectively because of Seminerio's acts, and we demand equal treatment with other assembly  districts.

These organizations include Bobbi and the Strays, Ridgewood Local Development Corporation, Glendale Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Samaritan Villages,  Woodhaven-Richmond Hill  Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Glendale Civilian Observation Patrol, Greater Ridgewood Restoration Corporation, One Stop Richmond Hill Community Center, Woodhaven Residents' Block Association,  Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation, Forest Park Senior Citizens Center, Glenridge Senior Citizen Multiservice & Advisory Center, Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council, Ridgewood Seniors' Community Corporation, Shows From The Heart, South Queens Seniors,  Ferrini Welfare League, Ronald McDonald House of Long Island and Woodhaven Post 118.

The Special Election was purportedly called to "ensure that our district does not continue to be unrepresented in Albany." In keeping with this new beginning we deserve, our new Assemblyman Mike Miller must meet his first challenge and restore funding to all of the organizations whose grants have been withheld, fund others who were unfairly denied, and treat each equally.

Most of these organizations provide essential welfare, health and educational services for our elderly, babies and youths, including free transportation for medical appointments, hot meals on wheels, security patrols, removing graffiti, insuring ambulances, offsetting the costs of hepatitis C testing and medications, mommy and me classes and providing care for abandoned cats and dogs.

Discretionary funding is the life blood of these community organizations, a fact which should not be lost on Assemblyman Mike Miller, who is an executive member of the Glendale Civilian Observation Patrol, one of the organizations which has benefited from such public funds.

We have heard complaints from many of these entities that they have run out of money to pay program and operational costs, including salaries, bills, taxes, maintenance and utilities, and can only remain in  existence if their funding is restored.

This problem is compounded by State Senator Joe Addabbo's inability to fulfill his list of State Senate member items to our suffering district, because of continuing
Albany dysfunction, and we also appeal to him to deliver the goods accordingly.


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