2009-06-26 / Top Stories

Sanders To Announce His Run

Councilman James Sanders Jr. will officially announce his plans to run for his current City Council seat on Monday, June 29, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. The announcement will take place outside of his district office located at 226-18 Merrick Boulevard in Laurelton, Queens.

Sanders has already received key endorsements from the Queens Democratic Party, the Working Families Party, Rev. Floyd Flake, 32BJ, HERE, CSA, DEA, numerous locals, several elected officials, and civic and tenant leaders from Laurelton, Springfield Gardens, Rosedale, and the Rockaways.

"I am honored to seek a fourth term in representing the great people of the 31st District. There is no better reward than helping to make a difference in people's lives. I look forward to continuing to represent you in the halls of City Hall, but most importantly, bringing home the "bacon" to my district," said Sanders.

Over the years, Sanders says, has prided himself in rebuilding institutions across the 31st District. He further says that he is responsible for reconstructing and upgrading almost every park in his district, including a $1.4 million facelift for a new football field for the Rosedale Jets and $1.2 million for the Rosedale Rockets.

According to a spokesperson, as a product of the New York City school system, Sanders has generously used his discretionary funding for schools in his district. Since 2003, Sanders has ensured every school in his district is equipped with 21st century technology, providing a $35,000 grant to every school annually. Recently he allocated $750,000 to rebuild Springfield High School's library and $1,400,000 to ensure students have an Olympic sized track field at Goldie Maple elementary school in the Rockaways.

He states further that Sanders never has been one to run away from a fight. He has combated issues ranging from gun violence to overdevelopment. Whether it was fighting against the prison or proposed hot sheet motel in Springfield Gardens, Sanders has continuously led these efforts to protect our community. After months of prodding by him, the Queens District Attorney agreed to hold a gun buyback program in Queens that took 919 guns off the streets. In an effort to prevent further violence, Sanders allocated $2,000,000 to the Redfern Houses in the Rockaways for cameras to ensure his seniors and youth no longer had to live in fear. The New York City Housing Authority cited this as the largest allocation of money a single elected official has ever given to them.

In 2008, Sanders was the only Queens Democrat to endorse then Senator Barack Obama in the primaries and served as an Obama Delegate at the Democratic National Convention. The Councilman was also ranked number 9 out of 51 council members in bringing home the most financial resources to his district in the City Council, according to City Hall Newspaper. He currently serves as the chair of Veteran Affairs for the city of New York.

If Sanders is re-elected he will serve his fourth term in office

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