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In the weeks leading up to the Nov. 6 general election, the Times Newsweekly/Ridgewood Times will feature in this column press releases and statements sent by the campaigns of the candidates on the ballot.

The statements in this column do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Times Newsweekly/Ridgewood Times or its staff. Mud-slinging statements which include personal attacks on candidates are omitted.

NY- 6 Congress Race

King Gives Nod To Halloran

Rep. Peter King of Long Island, who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, endorsed Republican City Council Member Dan Halloran in his bid to win the Sixth Congressional District seat.

“Dan Halloran has been a great City Councilman and is going to be a great U.S. Congressman hellip;we want someone in office who represents true American values and who understands the importance of the American-Israeli alliance and is never going turn his back on Israel,” King said. “That’s Dan Halloran. He’s got guts. He will speak out. It’s very important for me, as the senior member of the New York Republican Delegation, and for the people of New York to have him in Congress.”

Halloran commented, “Israel is the only true democracy in the Middle East. Iran is months away from heavy water for nuclear weapons. Our enemies in the Middle East are emboldened. Who but Israel will stand with us? To have our ambassa- dor and his staff killed in an attack on American soil is intolerable. Congressman King has always been concerned about this and now it’s happening. Israel is the only country in the region that truly believes in the rule of law. Tell everyone you know to vote for candidates like Pete and me, who will stand up for America and Israel.”

Meng Vows To Protect Medicare

Assemblywoman Grace Meng and former United States Congresswoman Liz Holtzman stood with seniors to discuss key issues, including Medicare, in front of the CCNS Bayside Senior Center in Bayside last week.

Holtzman, who served in Congress from 1973 to 1981, remarked: “We can never balance the federal budget on the backs of our seniors. Seniors are rightly worried these days about important programs like Medicare being harmed by the misguided policies of the Tea Party Republicans in Washington, D.C. We need a Congress that is working for us, not against us. I know that Grace Meng can be trusted to stand with seniors and our most vulnerable neighbors as we fight against misguided and dangerous attacks on these vital programs.”

Meng added, “Our seniors have worked hard raising families, serving our country, and building strong businesses and communities. Too many in Washington are too eager to shamefully turn their backs on our seniors. Republican plans for Medicare would end guaranteed benefits for our seniors and destroy the traditional Medicare option.”

State Sen. 15th Dist. Environmental Club SupportsAddabbo

State Sen. Joseph Addabbo hosted a press conference last Thursday, Oct. 11, with State Sen. Tony Avella and representatives from the Sierra Club to highlight the issue of hydrofracking in the current election and how important it is that it be banned in New York State.

Like Addabbo, Avella has come out strongly against hydrofracking; the Sierra Club has also endorsed Addabbo for his third term representing New York Senate’s 15th district.

“Like Senator Avella, the Sierra Club, and many others around the state, I am deeply concerned about the negative impact of hydrofracking on New York’s environment, water supply, and public health,” said Senator Addabbo. “I have made it my priority to ban the practice altogether, or make sure it is done in the safest way possible.”

Addabbo is co-sponsoring legislation that would prohibit the practice of hydrofracking in the state of New York. He is one of the primary sponsors of a bill which would impose a moratorium on fracking until 120 days after the EPAreports on its Congressionally mandated study of the effects fracking has on the water supply and its quality.

Small Biz Group Backing Ulrich

One of the nation’s leading small business organizations, the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), endorsed City Council Member Eric Ulrich for election to the State Senate in the 15th district.

“Eric Ulrich is exactly the type of leader small business needs in the State Senate. Unlike his opponent, Eric Ulrich will fight for small business and be a needed strong voice for lower taxes and lessening New York’s crushing cost of doing business,” said NFIB/New York State Director Mike Durant.

“Small businesses are our biggest job creators and help make up the fabric of our Queens neighborhoods,” said Ulrich. “New York’s high taxes and burdensome regulations have made us next to last in business-friendly climates across the country. I will work with Governor Cuomo and my colleagues in the legislature to help make New York ‘Open for Business’ again and bring quality jobs to Queens.”

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