Tuesday, 31 July 2018 13:52

Polish-American Running for NY State Senate Seat

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Slawomir Platta Slawomir Platta Photo by Marcin Żurawicz via Nowy Dziennik

Polish-born New Yorker Slawomir Platta is the first Polish-American lawyer in the history of New York to run for the State Senate. He wants to represent District 15 in Queens, which encompasses such neighborhoods as Ridgewood, Maspeth, Ozone Park, Kew Gardens, Rockaways, Forest Hills and more, and is home to a large number of Polish Americans.

“Polish Americans deserve to have a representative in Albany,” said Platta, who also hopes that the intense campaign gives him exposure among other communities.

In order to secure a spot on the ballot, Platta needed 1,000 voter signatures. He was able to collect almost three times the amount and on July 12 he filed the petitions to be on the primary ballot with the Board of Elections. He is one of two candidates running for the Republican Party nomination, with his opponent being Tom Sullivan, who gathered 2,400 signatures. In the Sept. 13 primaries voters will decide whose name will appear on the ballot in November. [Editor’s note: Platta announced on July 31 on Facebook that the Board of Elections confirmed he will be on the Republican primary ballot.]

Platta decided to run for office to share his experiences as an immigrant New Yorker and lawyer, and in order to help fellow New York residents. “Building my career and law firm, I became familiar with the myriad of counterproductive legal regulations that business owners in New York are burdened with. And as a legal immigrant I well understand that everyone should have the opportunity to achieve their American dream,” said Platta, who has lived in the United States for close to 20 years. In his legal profession he has represented veterans, seniors and other minorities, which he says has given him insight into the struggles New Yorkers go through in everyday life.


By Wojtek Maslanka
Source: Nowy Dziennik
Translated from Polish by Aleksandra Slabisz

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