2010-09-10 / Top Stories

FR Woman To Run For Jamaica Council Seat

By Howard Schwach

A Far Rockaway woman whose fiancée was shot and killed by police outside a Jamaica (Queens) strip club, where he was holding his bachelor party, will soon move from Rockaway and run for a vacated City Council seat, published reports in the New York Daily News say.

After a week’s speculation, Nicole Paultre Bell, the fiancée of Sean Bell, and the mother of his two children, will run for Thomas White’s City Council seat.

She confirmed her decision on Wednesday to the Daily News and said of Bell’s death in a hail of 51 police bullets hours before their wedding, “What happened to me four years ago – I didn’t expect that to happen. This is what life threw my way. It made me realize that there are serious problems out there.”

The News report points out, “The inexperienced candidate ... already faces one obstacle: The 26-year-old single mother of two doesn’t live in the Jamaica, Queens, district she wants to represent”— she lives in Far Rockaway, but apparently plans to move to Jamaica relatively soon — and “needs to collect 899 signatures from registered voters on her nominating petitions by Monday to enter the nonpartisan race.”

Paultre Bell, however, told reporters that she has enough signatures. “The community stood up for me, and now it’s my turn to stand up for the community.” (The city paid $3.25 million to settle the wrongful death shooting suit; the money is in a trust for the couple’s children.)

Bell has the support of many Queens politicians.

Representative Gregory Meeks told the News that Paultre Bell’s relationships with state and city leaders will “[translate] into re present ation immediately for the district” and the Reverend Al Sharpton said, “I’ve been involved in a lot of cases. She has been one of the few who stayed involved and decided to do something.”

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