It has been a profound honor to serve our community in the NYS Assembly for the last 14 years. From the moment I was first elected in 1996, I have fought to protect the rights of my constituents. I have been especially focused on advocating for senior citizens and in holding insurance companies accountable.
I never took my responsibility as your voice in state government lightly and I am proud of the dozens of bills which I introduced that were signed into law, as well as the thousands of constituents I have been able to help with issues such as in cutting through red tape with city and state agencies or with health insurance companies that denied them coverage.
I am also proud of the millions of dollars in state funding that I have been able to steer toward our local hospitals, nursing homes, schools, libraries, and senior centers in Northeast Queens.
Though I have chosen to leave the Assembly at the end of my current term in order to spend more time with my family, including my two young children, I plan to remain active in our community and to continue to advocate on behalf of seniors in Northeast Queens. I will also continue to conduct my annual gift drives.
I sincerely appreciate all of your support for my record-breaking gift drives for the last 14 years. Without your generous assistance, we would not have been able to brighten the holidays for so many hospitalized war veterans and children. I have personally witnessed the smiles that your donations have brought to the faces of thousands of hospitalized heroes as well as disabled and needy children.
I would also like to congratulate Assemblyman-Elect Ed Braunstein. I have known Ed for many years and I am certain that he will do an outstanding job serving our district in the Assembly.
Once again, thank you for your support. It has been a pleasure to serve you. I look forward to seeing you in the community. In the interim, I wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season.
Member of Assembly