2001-05-26 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

On Monday, Democratic County Chairperson, Thomas Manton, held an Executive Committee meeting of the Queens County Democratic Organization at the headquarters on Austin Street.  Many newspaper photographers and a crew from Channel One were there to catch a glimpse of the candidates who were being endorsed by the Queens group.

Dr. Alan Hevesi received the endorsement for Mayor.  Alan Hevesi has been serving as the 41st Comptroller of New York City since 1993. As the Comptroller, he is the chief financial officer of the City.   He is in charge of overseeing the City's five pension funds.  When he took office in 1993, the pensions had assets worth about $49 billion.  Under his eight-year tenure, these funds have grown to almost $100 billion.  He points to the fact that compared to other large pension funds, the City funds are in the top 25 percent in earnings and the bottom 25 percent in expenses.

Alan Hevesi has made one of his top priorities protecting the drinking water for the residents of New York City.  He has been very vigilant in constantly fighting to keep our water clean so that New York City does not have to spend billions of dollars on plants to filter the water.  He knows that the health of the city's population depends on the quality of its drinking water.  By constantly stressing the importance of having excellent quality water, he is also saving city dollars that would have to be spent on health issues created by impure water.

Alan spent 22 years in the New York State Assembly where he authored 108 laws and established himself as a defender of affordable health care, education reform, and the rights of people with disabilities.

Alan Hevesi has a doctorate in political science from Columbia University.  He was an outstanding professor at Queens College.  He ran a very successful program providing internships for students who were interested in public service.  As a result of these experiences, many of these people have gone on to successful careers in government.  Alan is now an adjunct at Fordham Law School and Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.

Alan currently lives with his wife, Carol, in the same Queens neighborhood where he was born and raised.

Dr. Alan Hevesi will be addressing our Regular Democratic Club of the Rockaways at 104-02 Rockaway Beach Boulevard on Thursday, May 31, 2001 at 8:15 PM.

In addition, Steve Cooper has invited Kathryn Freed, a candidate for Public Advocate, to address our club. Kathryn Freed is the first woman attorney to be elected to the City Council.  Kathryn Freed was initially elected ten years ago when they expanded the City Council.   Kathryn is a strong advocate for working men and women and has been active in pushing for anti-sweatshop legislation and for a prevailing wage bill.  Kathryn chairs the City Council Contracts Committee.  She also serves on the transportation and environment committee.  She advocates for tenant’s rights, election law reform and fights against all forms of discrimination.

We invite you to hear Alan Hevesi, candidate for Mayor and Kathryn Freed, candidate for Public Advocate, on Thursday, May 31 at 8:15 PM at the Regular Democratic Club of the Rockaways at 104-02 Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

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