Nabe bias attack ignites
BY BRENDAN BROSH
DAILY NEWS WRITER
Thursday, August 30th 2007, 4:00 AM
An alleged bias attack in Howard Beach has reignited a political
rivalry and spawned calls for City Councilman Joseph Addabbo's
Albert Baldeo, a declared state Senate candidate and head of a
southern Queens community group, is demanding that Addabbo step down
for televised remarks he made after a Guyanese American family was
allegedly threatened by a white neighbor screaming racial epithets.
"Councilman Addabbo is reckless and perverted," said Baldeo. "He
should set a better example and not pit people of different races
against each other."
But Addabbo said yesterday his quotes were taken out of context, and
accused Baldeo of a politically motivated attack.
"When an unfortunate situation is used for political gain, it's
sad," said Addabbo, who is considering a run for the 15th
Senate District seat.
At issue is a WABC-TV newscast in which Addabbo seemed to suggest
the family brought on the attack themselves by committing a series
of building code violations.
Addabbo said WABC reporter Jim Dolan jumped into the middle of an
interview with other reporters and asked the councilman a question
while he was responding to another issue.
"It was unprofessional of Jim Dolan," Addabbo said.
Dolan did not respond to calls seeking comment.
Kris Gounden's story made headlines last week when a neighbor
allegedly attacked him with a baseball bat while yelling racial
Gounden said he was repeatedly harassed by neighbors and city
officials since his family moved into the Hamilton Beach section of
Howard Beach 17 months ago.
Neighbors regularly urinated on his lawn, and called city agencies
to file false complaints against him because of his race, Gounden
"Hamilton Beach is like the Wild, Wild West," he said. "We're
thinking about selling and moving to a more minority-friendly
Gounden's house is now monitored 24 hours a day by a squad car from
the 106th Precinct parked outside.
He said he reached out to Addabbo for help in 2006, but never
"I worked and tried my best to help Mr. Gounden," Addabbo countered.
"I went to his house, and said, 'Let's try and work this out with
Baldeo said his calls for Addabbo's resignations are not politically
"The family is being held hostage, and the elected official has
failed to do the right thing," Baldeo said.
In 2005, Baldeo was charged with aiming a gun at a political rival's
wife and threatening to kill her family if her husband, Robert
Mahadeo, did not withdraw from a City Council race. The charges were
ran for the 15th Senate District seat last year but narrowly lost to
incumbent Serphin Maltese.
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