2013-06-07 / Columnists

It’s My Turn

Cast A Vote For Me in District 31
By Herbert Binger

I am asking for your support on September 10th for the New York City Council in the 31st District.

I will be truthful and work hard to earn your trust. My goal is to improve the quality of life for the citizens of the community by doing the following:

Providing improved healthcare and facilities to handle trauma in the community. Recognizing, and identifying the main problems of the community as unemployment, and the high crime rate.

It is my intention to provide a comprehensive education and training program to include school without borders that will provide opportunity to those who avail themselves of the opportunity, and participate with our goals to create long term good paying jobs in technology and the implementation of green energy for the betterment of the community.

My commitment is to continue providing diabetes health and wellness education to the community, especially to senior citizens and veterans, and advocate for a raise in their benefits.

There are opportunities that have been ignored, and I intend to utilize my initiative to provide sustainable long term jobs through technology to formulate changes through employment in areas such as, riparian recovery, airport redistributive initiative, wind farm, solar energy, media games development, which has the fastest growing jobs demand in the world. and environmental protection, utilizing training and jobs to create a reduction in the high crime rate.

I will help develop training centers that will provide for youths and employment training along with sports facilities in these centers. Space is already available.

Through the implementation of these programs, the community will improve its marketability, and provide an atmosphere for investors and entrepreneurs, I will be instrumental in the rebuilding of the Rockaways to benefit the district residents, I will be diligent to make sure that the funds in our community be distributed honestly, and I will be very vigorous in the pursuit of benefits for my community; I will make sure that funds that are available from the Sandy Redevelopment gets placed to benefit the entire community. The funds that are available through the Sandy Redevelopment program, SBA, private investors, tax incentive for investors will be utilized to create 1000 jobs..

I started the first vegetable garden plot in Fort Tilden and was instrumental in gardening in Floyd Bennett field. I created a cricket club for male and female youths that had multi-ethnic participation. I advocated for the poor, and the needy to get free healthcare, medical and dental care as well as being a facilitator to collect, and distribute clothes during winter months. I also advocated for the eastern Long Island migrant farm workers. And served as past president of the Far Rockaway Lions Club. I did an Administrative Residency in Healthcare Administration at New York City Health and Hospital Corporation, Peninsula General Hospital, and Elmhurst Hospital Center an affiliate with Mount Sinai Hospital.

I was a Vice President of Local 1199 and was instrumental in the organization of the home care division of Local 1199 National Union of Hospital and Health Care employees, and a past member of the board of trustees of the union’s Pension Fund. My continued community service was exemplified during the Sandy disaster, as I volunteered for evacuation and later to provide food to others (which I continue to do).

I have learned from the tradition of my father, who was a migrant farm worker, who became Chairman of the Leather Workers Union.

Thank you.

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