Friday, 17 August 2018 10:49

Candidate for State Senate in New York’s 15th District in Queens Opens Campaign Office

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Slawek Platta, Republican and Reform Party candidate for New York’s 15th State Senate District will hold an opening ceremony for his newly established campaign headquarters at 66-17 Fresh Pond Road in the Ridgewood section of Queens on Monday, August 20th at 7 pm.

Platta is running against Tom Sullivan in the Thursday, September 13th primary and expects to face off with the incumbent, Democrat Joseph Addabbo, Jr., in November.

Platta, who resides in Middle Village, immigrated to the United States from Poland. Today, he runs a successful law practice and is an activist in New York’s growing Polish community.

“I have been a community organizer and a fighter in my own Polish American community for the last 10 years. I am in this race because my skills and experience will help the people in the 15th District come together and fight for what’s important to them”, said Slawek Platta about getting into the race earlier this year. “My entire career I have been fighting for the little guy against the big guy, and I want to help even the odds for my friends, neighbors and the broader community that is our home”.

Platta has built his campaign platform around quality of life issues that are not being addressed in the District. He vows to fight for access to affordable healthcare and more programs for seniors and veterans, more support for police and emergency responders, lower taxes and less regulation on small businesses and the middle class. Platta has also proposed to reroute the SBS transit lanes to decrease traffic and create more parking.

He is also a staunch opponent of proposed locations for homeless shelters in the Ozone Park, Glendale and Middle Village / Maspeth neighborhoods and of closing Rikers Island. “Of course, we want solutions to support the homeless, especially those with mental health needs. But placing them near schools is a risky proposition. The same is true for prisons”, said Platta. “Our elected officials have let the community down on these issues.”

“At the end of the day, this is our home, this is our community and quality of life issues must be addressed and prioritized by our leaders. I will be that a leader”, Platta continued.

The campaign headquarters is quickly becoming a hub of activity for the Platta campaign ahead of the September 13th primary. “We have been canvasing for weeks and the message we are hearing from voters is loud and clear, their needs are not being met by career politicians in Albany”, said Marie Lynch, Platta’s campaign manager.

The grand opening celebration will feature light refreshments and is open to the public. “My goal is to continue to connect with the residents of our district, to listen to them and learn from them, as a candidate and as their next State Senator,” concluded Platta.