2009-01-09 / Front Page

Wave To Host Candidate Forum

Mayor Sets Special Election For February 24
By Nicholas Briano

In early February, just two weeks prior to balloting in the special election to fill the vacancy in the 32nd Council District left by State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., The Wave will host a town hall forum to give Rockaway residents a chance to meet and learn about the candidates seeking the open seat.

Not sure what your City Council district is? The upcoming special election is for the 32nd City Council district. The district represents the western end of the Rockaways and Broad Channel. Not sure what your City Council district is? The upcoming special election is for the 32nd City Council district. The district represents the western end of the Rockaways and Broad Channel. The date of the special election, announced this week by Mayor Bloomberg, will be Tuesday, February 24.

In order to provide the information necessary for the electorate to make a reasoned choice from the six candidates involved in the race, The Wave will hold the forum at 7 p.m. on February 9, at West End Temple, located at 147-02 Newport Avenue.

The public is encouraged to attend and meet the candidates seeking the seat. The forum will provide a chance to hear the candidates' platforms and where each stands on the issues that impact Rockaway most.

The Rockaway portion of the district extends east from Breezy Point to Beach 73 Street on the ocean side of the peninsula and Beach 86 Street on the Jamaica Bay side. The district also encompasses Broad Channel and other south Queens neighborhoods including Howard Beach, South Ozone Park and Woodhaven.

The continuously-growing list of candidates has recently been extended to six, three of whom are from Rockaway. Those three candidates, Democratic District Leaders Geraldine Chapey and Lew Simon and retired NYPD Lieutenant Glenn DiResto, will all be on the ballot with South Ozone Park and Howard Beach candidates Frank Gulluscio, Eric Ulrich and Frank Ricatto.

The seat officially became available on January 1, as Addabbo headed to Albany after defeating longtime State Senate Republican incumbent Serphin Maltese in November's general election.

This is one of three special elections across the city to fill vacated city council seats resulting from November's general election. The elected candidate will serve for only one year, which is the remaining time left on Addabbo's term, before he or she must run again for reelection in November.

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