2000-10-21 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

Recently, the elected Queens Democratic Party leaders gathered at a breakfast meeting to conduct the election for our county leader. Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, Frank Galluscio and I were the elected party leaders from the 23AD present at this important meeting to elect our county leader. Our fellow district leaders from all over Queens joined us in a unanimous vote to reelect Congressman Tom Manton. Assemblyman Brian Mc Loughlin, who also serves as the chairman of the Central Labor Council, was the person who nominated Tom Manton. Tom Manton is good for Queens, good for New York and very good for the Democratic Party. This election represents the eighth consecutive term that Tom Manton will be serving as the chairman of our executive committee. Tom Manton was originally elected in 1986 as the county leader.

Thomas Manton began his career in Congress when he was elected to the 99th Congress on November 6, 1984 and was re-elected to each succeeding Congress up to and including the 105th Congress. Congressman Manton served on the Congressional Banking Committee (Housing, Financial Institutions) 1985 to 1998 and Congressional Commerce Committee (Finance and Hazardous Materials, Telecommunications and Trade) 1989 - 1998. Congressman Manton retired from Congress in 1998 and was succeeded by Congressman Joseph Crowley who is currently running for his second term in the Congress.

When Tom Manton joined the 99th Congress he had already served from 1970 to 1984 as a New York City councilman representing Woodside, Sunnyside, Astoria, Long Island City and parts of the Bronx. He was the chairman of the Housing and Building Committee while serving in the City Council. He had an outstanding career in the Council.

Tom Manton was born of Irish immigrant parents in Manhattan, New York City and graduated from St. John's Prep, St. John's University and St. John's Law School (nights).

Congressman Manton had proudly served his county as a member of the United States Marine Corps. When he left the Marines he served as a member of the New York City Police Department.

Congressman Manton is married to his wife Diane. Diane also has dedicated her life to serving the community. She is a registered nurse. They have three grown children.

At this critical time it is urgent that we have a forceful, dynamic leader of our Democratic county organization. Tom Manton champions the rights of working men and women, tenants rights and immigrant issues. Today he leads our Democratic Party to new heights.

Currently Tom Manton is a partner in the law firm of Manton, Sweeney, Gallo, Reich and Bolz, LLP in Queens.

We look forward to many victories with him at the helm.

Dr. Geraldine Chapey congratulates former Congressman Tom Manton on his re-election as the Queens Democratic county leader.

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