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Political Debate in Woodside: Oct. 13

Oct. 12, 2010 Staff Report

The United Forties Civic Association, a non-partisan neighborhood group, is holding a candidates forum at St. Teresa’s auditorium tomorrow night (Oct. 13, 7 p.m).

Many of Queens’ political incumbents and challengers will face off. Those confirmed to attend are:

  • Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D) and her opponent Ryan Brumberg (R), both of whom are vying for the NY 14th District seat.
  • Congressman Joseph Crowley (D) and his opponent Kenneth Reynolds (R), who are competing for the NY 7th district seat.
  • Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan (D) and opponent John K Wilson (R), who are campaigning for the NY District 37 seat

Other politicians who will be speaking include:

  • Michael Gianaris (D) who is running for a NY Senate 12thDistrict seat. That seat is being vacated by George Onorato, a long-time Democrat.
  • Tony Nunziato (R) who is competing for Assemblywoman Marge Markey’s District 30 seat. Markey will not be attending.
  • Sen. Joseph Addabbo who represents the 15th Senate District. His opponent is not expected to attend.

Event: Oct. 13, 7 pm, at St. Teresa’s auditorium, 50-20 45thStreet, Woodside, NY.

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PS. After the meeting when the various candidates were mingling and chatting and taking pictures in the auditorium, I noticed that John Wilson was helping to fold the chairs and stack them in place. To me, that says the man has character.


Wilson and Nunziato were very impressive. Sincere, direct and a breath of fresh air from the party talking points and platitudes most politicians spout these days.


Marge Markey not showing up? BIG surprise. She hasn’t been seen since she was elected decades ago. I know she refuses to debate Tony Nunziato on his home turf at the Juniper Park Civic Association, but I wonder what her excuse is in such a neutral environment as United Forties?


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