Brooklyn - City Council candidate John Quaglione (District 43-R-C-I), today is announcing that the New Era Democrats have endorsed him in his race against City Councilman Vincent Gentile.
The New Era Democrats announced the endorsement at a meeting this past weekend, and following the meeting, members marched with Quaglione in the Brooklyn Columbus Day Parade held on 18th Avenue.
"I have long admired the work of the New Era Democrats and how they endorse based on who they believe is the best person to hold the elective office. I thank President John Orlando, and the Executive Board and members, for standing with me this election cycle, as we march toward victory and better representation for Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst and Bath Beach, in the City Council," said Quaglione.
The New Era Democrats is a Brooklyn based independent political organization.
Brooklyn - City Council candidate John Quaglione (R-C-I, 43rd District), today is challenging his opponent, Councilman Vincent Gentile, to a debate in the Bensonhurst section of the district. A local blog, the Bensonhurst Bean, has repeatedly noted that no debates have been scheduled in Bensonhurst.
"The debates in the race for the 43rd Council District have created a good conversation about the issues that matter most in this election. I would welcome the opportunity to debate my opponent in Bensonhurst and I urge the Bensonhurst Bean to invite us to participate in one," said Quaglione.
"The residents of Bath Beach and Bensonhurst deserve an opportunity to learn about the candidates looking to represent them in the City Council, and speak specifically about the Waste Transfer station that my opponent supported, the need to restore the X28 weekend express bus service, and other quality of life issues," concluded Quaglione.
Brooklyn - City Council candidate John Quaglione (District 43-R-C-I), today is announcing that results of his response to the Transportation Alternatives Candidate Survey are now available for review. Quaglione is the only candidate of those in the race, including Green Party candidate Patrick Dwyer and Councilman Vincent Gentile, to respond to the survey.
"No matter where you go in the district, be it a school or a senior center, and of course at a bus stop or a train station, transportation is one of the major issues people talk to you about. I was surprised to learn that I was the only candidate to respond to this survey, when I know that at least one of my opponents appears to focus much of his attention on the issues raised in the questionnaire," said John Quaglione.
"The survey asked candidates about what efforts they would make to reduce speeding, address biking and walking as a public health issue, and to single out locations they would consider for safety enhancements, among other issues. I think it is wrong that Mr. Dwyer and Mr. Gentile failed to provide the voters with insight into their views on these issues, and I would encourage them going forward to respond to candidate surveys," John Quaglione stated.
To view the complete survey, visit the Transportation Alternatives website at www.transalt.org/voterguide and scroll down to City Council Districts/Brooklyn 43.
Brooklyn - City Council candidate John Quaglione(District 43-R-C-I), today is strongly criticizing a plan put forth by the New York City Department of Education, that will no longer guarantee New York City Public School students a seat in their neighborhood high school, which could greatly affect many Brooklyn students and families.
"As a parent, I am concerned to learn of this new policy that may prevent my daughter, one day, from attending our local public high school. Over the past twelve years, new specialized high schools have been created across the City, and there are many great opportunities now available to our students. Regardless, I still strongly believe that you cannot take away the opportunity for families to select the neighborhood high school," said Quaglione.
"A policy such as this will create travel hardships for many families in our City. It may in fact discourage students from attending school, if there is one down the block, and they need to travel to another borough to get an education. For a number of reasons, the City should reconsider the implementation of this policy," continued Quaglione.
"When I am elected to the City Council, I will look to become a member of the Council's Education Committee so to have an opportunity monitor Department policy changes," concluded John Quaglione.
Brooklyn - City Council candidate John Quaglione(District 43-R-C-I), today is announcing that the Department of Transportation has agreed to consider the practice of marking parking spaces on local commercial avenues, now that muni-meters have replaced the meter posts.
The Department of Transportation has removed almost all the meter posts on commercial avenues this summer, following the installation of muni-meters. However, residents have noticed that now, without the meters, motorists park in a way that eliminates two spots with their one car, making parking in Southwest Brooklyn even more difficult. The idea put forth is now under review by the Parking Operations Unit and the DOT Highway Design Unit.
"Muni-meters were designed to create additional parking spaces and ease the burden along our commercial avenues. However, we have each experienced times when you pull up on a spot and realize that if only the person would have moved up or moved back, you would have been able to park your car. Efforts have been made to establish parking courtesy, but I believe the markings will go a long way in making a difference," said John Quaglione.
"Parking spaces are a commodity in Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst and Bath Beach. If we can take a common sense approach and mark our spaces, as they do in other cities, we can increase parking and give a boost to our local economy. I look forward to hearing further from the Department of Transportation and thank them for their consideration thus far," concluded John Quaglione.
Political campaigns are often full of trash talk, but in one Brooklyn City Council race, it’s literally true.
The controversy over the city’s plans to build a trash compacting plant on the Gravesend waterfront has suddenly become a hot button issue in the race between Democratic incumbent Vincent Gentile and his Republican-Conservative challenger John Quaglione in the 43rd Council District (Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst).
Both men are opposed to the construction of the plant and both spoke at a protest rally organized by Assemblyman Bill Colton (Gravesend-Bensonhurst) on Sunday.
But Quaglione is trying to use a vote Gentile cast seven years ago against him.
Gentile voted in favor of the proposal to build the plant when it originally came before the City Council in 2006. The Gravesend Bay plant, to be constructed on the waterfront on Bay 41st Street, is part of a larger proposal by the Bloomberg Administration’s called the Solid Waste Management Plan. The goal, officials said, was to change the way the city disposes of its trash. Under the plan, trash plants, called marine transfer stations, are to be constructed at several waterfront locations around the city.
Quaglione was quick to jump on the fact the Gentile originally supported the Gravesend trash plant, charging the incumbent with being a flip-flopper on an issue of vital importance to the residents of southern Brooklyn.
"I don't understand how in his right mind, he could even show up at a rally, and better yet, address the audience as though he is on their side and against it," Quaglione said.
"Flip flopping on this issue is a failure of character, and if the plan goes through, Mr. Gentile will have to explain why the people of Southwest Brooklyn must face a new series of serious quality of life and health concerns. I have and remain opposed to this plan, and look forward to working with Assemblyman Bill Colton and others to stop this before it is too late," Quaglione said.
Gentile denied that he was a flip-flopper. His change of heart came, he said, after new information about the proposed trash plant came to light. That information was not available when the Solid Waste Management Plan came up for a vote in the council seven years ago, he said.
"I was compelled to reexamine the plan to build a waste transfer station at Bay 41st near Gravesend Bay after reviewing startling new information uncovered by my friend and colleague Assemblyman Colton," Gentile said.
If he knew then what he knows now about the environmental dangers the plant would cause, he would have voted differently, he said.
"I would not support any plan that would put our health, quality of life or environment at risk," Gentile added.
The Solid Waste Management Plan was supported by an overwhelming majority of City Council members. Only four members voted against it.
Brooklyn - New York City Council candidate John Quaglione (R-C-I, 43rd District) today is announcing that his opponent, Councilman Vincent J. Gentile, is ignoring the need to address the litter problem of 18th Avenue. Gentile recently announced that finally, after almost 10 years, 2nd garbage basket pickups will be reinstated, but not for 18th Avenue.
Community Board 11, in October, 2011, voted to remove the 44 garbage pails from 65th Street to 75thStreet, on 18th Avenue, because without the second basket pick up, unsightly litter conditions on the corners were all too common. Quaglione is charging that, after conversations with CB 11 officials, that if Councilman Gentile and Recchia would have been able to restore 2nd basket pickups for 18th Avenue, they would approve the reinstatement of the pails on the avenue
"I guess Councilman Gentile has not been on 18th Avenue in quite some time, because for him not to realize that he should have worked to get 2nd basket pickups, thus returning the pails to the commercial corridor, is nothing more than his ignorance towards the conditions on that avenue. Last Saturday night, I stopped on 18th Avenue to support a small business, and I can tell you, that I saw unacceptable conditions as they relate to our quality of life," said Quaglione.
"I went to school on 18th Avenue and remember the days when that Avenue was cleaner and shopper friendly. We need to bring it back to those days, and when elected to the City Council, I will work to get the pails back and fund a second basket pickup on 18th Avenue, so our sidewalks are no longer used as trash bins. It affects the business owners, the shoppers, and the residents in that area. I will not ignore 18th Avenue - I know we can do better," concluded Quaglione.
Under Councilman Gentile’s tenure, the 43rd City Council District has ranked next to last in funding when previously it received the most of such funding. Every other district, except one in Queens, receives more money than the 43rd Council district that includes Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst and Bath Beach.
Brooklyn - John Quaglione (R-C-I, 43rd District), a candidate for the New York City Council, today attended a rally against the planned Bensonhurst waste transfer station, at the invitation of Assemblyman Bill Colton, the organizer and leading opponent, at Caeasar's Bay.
John Quaglione stated, "I was surprised to see my opponent, Councilman Vincent Gentile at the rally, because in 2006, when legislation was before the City Council, he voted to support the waste transfer station earmarked to open in Bensonhurst. I don’t understand how in his right mind, he could even show up at a rally, and better yet, address the audience as those he is on their side and against it."
"Flip flopping on this issue is a failure of character, and if the plan goes through, Mr. Gentile will have to explain why the people of Southwest Brooklyn must face a new series of serious quality of life and health concerns. I have and remain opposed to this plan, and look forward to working with Assemblyman Bill Colton and others to stop this before it’s too late," concluded JohnQuaglione.
Photo attached : John address the residents and neighbors opposed to the Water Transfer Station planned for Southwest Brooklyn. In his remarks, he encouraging residents to call their City Council representatives, including Vincent Gentile at (718) 748-5200, and ask him why he voted to support it.
Brooklyn - John Quaglione, candidate for NYC Council District 43, today is announcing that he has launched a petition drive in an effort to restore the X 28 weekend express bus service, to the entirety of the route, which runs through Dyker Heights, Bath Beach and Bensonhurst. The weekend service was eliminated by the MTA during budget cuts in June, 2010. State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) has joined Quaglione in supporting the petition.
John Quaglione and Senator Marty Golden appeared together at the express bus stop at 86th Street and 7th Avenue earlier this week to launch the petition drive. More than 100 signatures have already been collected to support this effort.
The petition reads:
"We, the undersigned, are calling on the Metropolitan Transit Authority to reinstate weekend express bus service on the X 28 route. The service, which was canceled in June, 2010, was a vital mode of transportation for our senior citizens, our disabled, and those who work on the weekends. Furthermore, such a service allows an easy and affordable means to go to Manhattan for dining, entertainment and shopping, which helps our City’s economy."
John Quaglione stated, "Throughout this campaign to represent this community in the City Council, I have been asked by many residents of Dyker Heights, Bath Beach and Bensonhurst, to work to bring back the X28 weekend express bus service. That is why I am circulating this petition, calling on the MTA to bring our bus back, for our seniors, our disabled and for those who work in, and want to visit, Manhattan on the weekends. We need this express bus on Saturdays and Sundays, and we will work to get it."
Senator Golden stated, "I am proud to partner with John on these efforts and work towards the full reinstatement of the express bus service. John understands the transportation needs of this district and together, we will work for a full route restoration."
To sign the petition, click here or contact his campaign at (347) 560-4555.
Brooklyn - New York City Council candidate John Quaglione (R-C-I, 43rd District) today is announcing that the Department of Transportation has completed renovation of the 81st Street and 7th Avenue overpass (photo attached).
A local resident of Dyker Heights brought the roadway conditions, and the fact that the construction was at a standstill for more than a month, to the attention of Quaglione, in an attempt to resolve.
"I appreciate local residents contacting me about problems in the area which need to be addressed such as this. It is important that our roadways are in the best condition possible for the safety of motorists and for pedestrians," said John Quaglione.
"Thank you to the New York State Department of Transportation for responding quickly to my letter and for taking action to complete this project. This roadway is a major connection between Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights, and for those who travel it on a daily basis, I am sure they are glad that this project is now complete," concluded Quaglione.
Good evening. Thank you to the Brooklyn Republicans for Change for inviting me to speak tonight about my campaign for City Council.
I am honored to share the stage tonight with Republican Mayoral Candidate Joe Lhota.
Let me start tonight by mentioning that Joe Lhota and I have something in common.
No, it's not the fact that we are both registered Republicans.
Tonight, we stand before you, as members of the Republican Party Bench.
Joe and I have been in the GOP dugout for a great number of years, and we are now ready to step out, onto the field, and turn New York around.
And that is what builds a stronger party.
Encouraging candidates from within to step up to the plate and commit to running for elective office.
To promote a message, encourage participation and mobilize individuals, every step of the way throughout the Election Season.
Earlier this year, I entered the race for City Council because I believe that it is time our City Council representative offers effective leadership.
And I believe that it is time that the issues facing us are met with a fresh perspective.
An effective representative does not fail to secure the necessary funding to support the needs of those who have elected them.
An effective representative understands the importance of having dialogue with those who have elected you.
An effective leader understands the need to maintain and improve the quality of life for the district you have been entrusted to represent.
When I am elected to the City Council, I will develop a platform that works for us.
I will work to reinstate additional commercial garbage basket pickups, remove graffiti and work to formulate sensible guidelines to regulate the never ending parking ticket war.
I will work to address an urgent need to put more Police Officers on our streets, and at the same time, work to improve the conditions of our parks, our schools, and our local senior centers.
As we move forward in this campaign, you will hear more from, and, about me.
For now, I ask you to keep this in mind.
Our current Councilmember has only introduced 10 bills that have become City law in more than 10 years in office.
And in the past 4 City budgets, our 43rd Council District has ranked 50 out of 51, in combined and Expense funds.
Only one district in NYC has received less.
It is safe to say that in the last four years, we have sent more money to City Hall than City Hall has sent to us.
And even though our Councilmember voted against extending term limits, he is now running for that 3rd term, and believes he should be re-elected.
Our community can't afford four more years of this leadership. It is time for a change.
I am running to offer effective leadership for our District in City Hall.
I look forward to seeing you on the campaign trail in the days, weeks and months ahead.
There is no denying that we have a lot of work to do from now until Election Day.
But if we do what we need to do to get our message out, we will be a very happy crowd when the polls close on Election Night.
And so I ask you to start tonight.
Tonight, when you get home, or tomorrow, if your neighbor is sitting on their stoop, go over to them and tell them about this event.
Tell them that Joe Lhota is running for Mayor.
Tell them that I am running for City Council.
Invite them to learn more about our campaign and get involved.
Together, we can win.
Thank you very much.
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Brooklyn - New York City Council Candidate John Quaglione (43rd District Brooklyn) today is looking to City officials for an explanation as to why so many traffic agents are assigned within Community Boards 10 and 11. Earlier this afternoon, in the immediate vicinity of 92nd Street and 3rd Avenue, it was noticed that two traffic patrol cars, two agents on foot and an NYPD Traffic van of agents, converged at the same time to issue summonses.
The following is his statement:
"Today I am looking to City officials for an explanation as to why so many traffic agents are assigned within Community Boards 10 and 11. Earlier this afternoon, in the immediate vicinity of 92nd St and 3rd Ave, two traffic patrol cars, two agents on foot, and an NYPD traffic van of agents, converged at the same time to issue summonses.
For too long, I have often thought that there has to be a greater concentration of traffic agents assigned to Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bath Beach and Bensonhurst, than almost anywhere else in Brooklyn. Today, only makes me further believe that this is in fact the case. I will be formally requesting the statistics to see the number of summonses issued and the number of traffic agents assigned within these boundaries.
Almost every day, neighbors and store owners stop me on the street to share a traffic ticket horror story. One day the tickets are for the parents picking their kids up from school. The next day, it's every car waiting on a valet line outside a local restaurant. Our local City officials are doing nothing to ease the burden of parking, and create courtesies, not summonses, at every turn in our neighborhood. This issue has my attention."
Brooklyn- John Quaglione, candidate for New York City Council (District 43), today has sent a letter to Captain Richard DiBlasio of the 68th Precinct, in response to the reports and conversations he has had with residents of Dyker Heights regarding the recent string of home burglaries.
The letter is below.
March 14, 2013
Captain Richard DiBlasio
68th Precinct, NYPD
Brooklyn, New York 11209
Dear Captain DiBlasio,
I am writing today to request that you continue to assign increased patrols within the Dyker Heights section of the 68th Precinct. As you well know, the recent rash of home break-ins affects the quality of life and sense of security in our community, and I trust in the ongoing investigation.
The 68 Precinct works hard each and every day to keep us safe and at the same time, I understand the need to have additional officers permanently assigned to help patrol the command. Please be assured that I will be contacting the New York City Police Department, the finest Department in the world, to see that happen.
I know that the residents of Dyker Heights have your attention today and every day, but are specifically turning to you now to help keep our streets safe. I thank you for your consideration of my letter, and look forward to working with you and the entire community for the betterment of us all.
Candidate for Council District 43 meets both thresholds for maximum matching contributions, having only been fundraising for 7 days.
Brooklyn, NY - The campaign to elect John Quaglione to the New York City Council today filed it's first financial report, and the numbers clearly show that the local community backs new leadership for South Brooklyn. John Quaglione brought in more than $30,000 in contributions, from 162 individuals, 121 of which live within Council District 43. Taking into account that the campaign did not start raising money until March 4th, leaving just 1 week to fund-raise and the fact that he has met both thresholds for maximum matching contributions, John stands out as the leader residents are rallying around to be their next representative to the City Council.
All campaign money was raised through small donations, with the average contribution amount being under $200.00, and no single contribution over $600.00.
"On Monday night I announced my vision for our community," said John. "I was humbled to be joined by 150 members of my community. My family, friends, and neighbors stood with me because they know we can do better. I am proud to raise my family in this community, but we must ensure that the lives of the average resident are made easier, not harder. We must protect our small businesses from endless regulation, our middle class from ever increasing taxes and fees, and our communities from the ever growing quality of life issues, including crime and safety. With our district ranking 50 of 51 in Capital and Expense funding, we are paying for well more than our fare share and getting little in return. We deserve better."
John Quaglione is the Deputy Chief of staff to State Senator Martin J. Golden. He has been a public servant for over 15 years, as well as being involved locally with the St. Anselm's Parish Council, Dyker Civic Association, St. Patrick's Society of Brooklyn, and previously a volunteer for the Bay Ridge Ambulance Volunteer Organization. He currently resides in Bay Ridge with his wife Kerry and their daughter.
Brooklyn, NY - John Quaglione, current Deputy Chief of Staff to State Senator Marty Golden, will announce his candidacy for the 43rd New York City Council District at a kick off fundraiser this Monday, March 11, 2013 6:30 PM at Vicolo Restaurant 8530 3rd Avenue in Brooklyn. John will be joined by fellow residents, family, and friends and outline his vision for the future of our community.
Members of the media are welcome to attend.
WHO: John Quaglione
WHAT: Fundraiser and Announcement of Run for City Council
WHERE: Vicolo Restaurant 8530 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn
WHEN: Monday, March 11, 2013 6:30 P.M.