2002-03-23 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

Congressman Thomas Manton Hosts A St. Patrick's Day Breakfast
By Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

Congressman Thomas Manton Hosts A St. Patrick's Day Breakfast

On Saturday, March 16th everyone in New York was reminded that it was St. Patrick's Day because so many people were wearing green and smiling.  This year's parade was very well attended because of the fact that it was on Saturday and the weather was delightful.  The spirit of the day and the warm temperatures more than overcame the "wee bit of the dew" that fell during the afternoon.

Congressman Tom Manton, the Queens Democratic County Leader, Carolyn Maloney, Member of Congress, Jim McManus, Democratic District Leader, N.Y. County and Dennis Riese from the Riese Organization Inc., hosted an invitation only breakfast at T.G.I. Fridays.  Each year we look forward to attending the breakfast.  It’s a great opportunity to meet and greet old and new friends.

Congressman Tom Manton represents the highest ideals of the Irish.  He has worked hard to achieve his success.  Since his parents were born in Ireland he is a first generation Irish American.  This experience allows him to understand first hand the needs of new immigrants to our country.  During his tenure as a Congressman, he championed the causes of all immigrants and their families.  He was tireless in his efforts to help those who needed his assistance.

Tom Manton is the personification of the American dream.  He served in the United States Marines.  After completing his patriotic duty in the Armed Services, he joined the ranks of the New York City Police Department.  During his time on the Police force he put himself through law school at night.  He is a very focused professional.  Upon completing law school he passed the New York State Bar exam.  It was at this point that he began a law practice and took an active interest in politics.  Given Congressman Manton's Irish roots it was a natural road for him to follow.  The Irish have an inclination to the political world.  These political leanings led him to be elected as a New York City Councilman and then to be elected to the United States Congress.  As a Congressman he had a reputation for being fair, honest and hard working.  He enjoyed helping people to achieve their personal goals.  He continues to do this as our elected Queens Democratic County Leader.

We were also invited by Gifford Miller, the Speaker of the New York City Council, Betsy Gotbaum. the Public Advocate of the City of New York, William C. Thompson, Comptroller of the City of New York, and the members of the City Council to attend an Irish breakfast in celebration of St. Patrick's Day at Pershing Square.

Mayor Mike Bloomberg also invited us to breakfast at Gracie Mansion.  Mayor Mike (as everyone was calling him at the Queens Parade in Rockaway) knows how to make everyone feel welcome.  He added his own special flare to St. Patrick’s Day.

Saturday, March 16th was a great day for the Irish.  All New York was turned in to a sea of green.  There were record crowds viewing the marchers.

As we attended Congressman Manton's breakfast, New York City Council Speaker Gifford Miller's Irish celebration and Mayor Michael Bloomberg's festivities we had the opportunity to meet our elected officials on an informal basis and discussing the specific issues that affect our neighborhoods.

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