2011-06-17 / Community

DiResto Eyes Assembly Seat In Special Election

Glenn DiResto Glenn DiResto Lifelong Rockaway resident Glenn DiResto is eyeing the NYS Assembly seat that was recently vacated by longtime incumbent Audrey Pheffer. DiResto decided to explore the possibility of running for the seat after former chief of staff Jo Ann Shapiro decided not to run for the seat. “Jo Ann has a tremendous amount of experience and would have been a great candidate. However, with her not running it makes the race more appealing.”

DiResto, a retired NYPD Lieutenant was a former City Council candidate in the 2009 special election that was won by Eric Ulrich. DiResto was removed from the ballot after a long drawn out court battle just four days before the election. “I am interested in the position because the problems that face our neighborhoods are the same as they were two years ago,” said DiResto. “I don’t really see any other candidate that will be able to bring the residents of the district together to solve the problems we face. We really need someone who understands the problems of the neighborhoods and has the personal, professional and civic experience to help solve those problems,” he added.

Although DiResto does not expect to get an official party line designation, he believes that voters are well educated on the issues and want real reform in their political system. With political scandal after scandal, DiResto believes his service in the Police Department along with his community involvement appeal to a broad base of voters.

“I have calculated the broad base of support across the district from family, friends and community leaders. I want to run for the seat, however family health and personal issues will always be a priority and will be the determining factor on whether I run for the seat or not. I hope to be making a final decision in the next couple weeks.” he said.

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