2009-01-16 / Community

Lucky Seven Take To The Race

By Nicholas Briano

Sam Di Bernardo is the seventh candidate to file for the City Council special election on February 24 to fill the seat vacated by State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. Sam Di Bernardo is the seventh candidate to file for the City Council special election on February 24 to fill the seat vacated by State Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. To say the special election to replace former City Councilmember Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. is getting a little crowded would be an understatement. The February 24 ballot will now include a seventh candidate, independent, Sam Di Bernardo.

Di Bernardo will most likely cap off the list of candidates due to filing deadlines, which passed this week. The winning candidate will be in office for eight months before November's general election, in which he or she will have to run for reelection.

Howard Beach resident, Di Bernado, 74, is a Korean War veteran and retired New York City computer teacher who plans to run in the election as an independent candidate.

"I am very much a candidate," Di Bernardo said when asked if he was in the race.

Unlike other candidates, Di Bernardo has taken his campaign to the web, writing a blog, as well as posting videos on YouTube, vowing to run on a platform that will improve education in public schools.

He also hopes that other candidates in the race don't try to challenge the 1,500 signatures which could eliminate any of the seven candidates.

"Those of you who know me also know that I am a fighter and not a quitter and I will take this campaign to its conclusion, be it bitter or glorious," Di Bernardo said on his blog this week.

Another political hopeful to finalize her candidacy this week is Rockaway native Geraldine Chapey, who never formally announced her bid to the press, but has filed with the New York City Campaign Finance Board.

In order to provide the information necessary for the electorate in the 32nd City Council District to make an educated choice from the seven, The Wave will hold a special election forum at 7 p.m. on February 9, at West End Temple, located at 147-02 Newport Avenue.

Residents of the district are encouraged to attend and meet the candidates and hear where each stands on the issues that impact Rockaway most.

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