Thursday, July 16, 2009

Baldeo Shows Early Strength in Race for 38th Assembly District | The West Indian News

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Democrat Albert Baldeo today announced two filings – his petition signatures and his campaign finances – which both demonstrate that he is in a very strong position in his campaign for the vacant 38th Assembly district. Baldeo filed over 1800 signatures with the Board of Elections this week, nearly four times the required number, and his campaign finance filings later this week will show that he already has $167,000 cash on hand for the race.

“I’m honored and humbled by the support my campaign in receiving from the community,” Baldeo said. “Voters are looking for new representation that will go to Albany and finally get the legislature working for the people.”
Albert Baldeo is the only candidate in the race who has any electoral history in the district; in his 2006 Senate race Baldeo won the 38th AD by a double digit margin against then-incumbent Serf Maltese. Baldeo’s strong showing set the stage for Senator Joe Addabo’s win over Maltese in 2008.

“When I set out to run for Senate three years ago, it was because I wanted to be a part of the change that Albany so desperately needs,” explained Baldeo. “Last year, I ultimately decided to bow out of a rematch and support Joe Addabbo because it was important that Democrats unified around a single candidate. Now we have a chance to continue making that change happen, and based on our strong showing in our petitioning and door to door outreach, the voters are ready for it too.”

The 38th AD includes the neighborhoods of Ridgewood, Glendale, Forest Park, Woodhaven, Ozone Park and Richmond Hill in Queens. The seat is currently vacant due to the resignation of Tony Seminerio. Under state election law, the primary and the general elections will be held as part of the overall elections on September 15th and November 3rd of this year.

Albert Baldeo is an attorney who lives in Ozone Park, Queens. In addition to his work supporting Democratic candidates, he has been an active civic and community leader, advocating changes and fighting for issues that affect the entire district, providing extensive free legal clinics, aggressive new citizen and voter registration drives and community services on a pro-bono basis.