Community advocate and Hope and Change candidate, attorney at law Albert Baldeo, who is on the Democratic primary ballot for the 15th State Senatorial district for the primary to be held on September 9, 2008,  has secured the prestigious endorsement of the 504 Democratic Club.

The 504 Democratic Club, a five-borough organization that focuses on disability rights, voted to endorse Baldeo over his opponents, Councilman Joe Addabbo and Republican State Senator Serph Maltese.

The 504 Democratic Club is a New York City-based coalition of Democrats working towards inclusion of people with disabilities in the political and social fabric of society. Club members hail from all five boroughs, reaching across every conceivable line to include a richly diverse group of people with disabilities, public officials, friends and family who support the concepts set forth in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The Club celebrated its twentieth anniversary in 2003.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 mandates that all federally funded programs must be accessible to people with disabilities. It is the precursor of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 “I was the Democratic nominee in 2006, and I am honored by their endorsement. My candidacy will give voters a chance once again to open the political process, continue the agenda that resonated so well with them since the last elections, and bring much needed change and resources to our communities. Voters have consistently demonstrated their preference for my candidacy, which is based on bringing improvements and progress to our entire district, and are fed up with recycled politicians, special interests and lobbyists”, said Baldeo.

“I look forward to winning in November and bringing a Democratic majority to the State Senate, a mission we started years ago, when few thought it was possible. We are on a roll to win a historic victory for change”, proclaimed Baldeo.

Baldeo came within 700 votes, or 1% of defeating the incumbent, Republican State Senator Serph Maltese, who has held the seat since 1988. After Baldeo’s groundbreaking effort, Maltese resigned his position as the Republican County chair to focus on preserving his tenuous seat. 



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