GETS BIG ENDORSEMENT FROM 504 DEMOCRATIC CLUB
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”,
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.