Iannece, Rozic knock on doors in Senate contest

Jerry Iannece (l.) and Nily Rozic are gearing up for one final push in their Democratic primary, scheduled for Sept. 13.
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With less than a month to go until the Sept. 13 primary, two Democratic candidates vying for a chance at the state Assembly seat in northeast Queens upped their efforts by taking to the streets in full force.

Jerry Iannece and Nily Rozic both said they were spending the weeks leading up to the primary knocking on doors and making sure voters knew of the unconventional voting day, which was moved to Thursday because Sept. 11 falls on Tuesday.

Iannece, who serves as chairman of CB 11, said he emphasized his record when he met with district voters and encouraged them to look him up if they were unaware of his service.

“I come to the table equipped and ready to handle the position. I can point to several things I have done,” Iannece said. “If elected, I am going to hit the ground running. I’ve got some meat on the bone because I have already addressed so many of the issues that people care about.”

His greatest concerns on a state level, Iannece said, revolved around passing the state DREAM Act, increasing the minimum wage and promoting campaign finance reform — an issue Rozic said she planned on addressing her first day if elected.

Iannece has received endorsements from elected officials, including U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria), congressional candidate and Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing), Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) and organizations including the Uniformed Fire Officers Association and the United Federation of Teachers.

“I have many local elected officials behind me. I am not taking this lightly,” Iannece said. “I have been working my tail off. If you want to compare, then let’s compare.”

As for the local issues, Iannece said he had a proven record. Through 10 years as chairman of Community Board 11, Iannece said he has already dealt with the bread-and-butter issues, including flooding in Bayside Hills, helping to save the Bayside Beacon program from the city chopping block, and fighting to restore bus service across different routes in northeast Queens.

Meeting constituents face-to-face, Rozic said, was one of her favorite parts of campaigning.

“My best interactions come from meeting the voters,” Rozic said. “The response has been incredible and I think people have been receptive to my story.”

Rozic, a first-generation immigrant and Community Board 8 member, formerly served as chief of staff for Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh (D-Manhattan) and propelled herself into the Queens political sphere for the first time with hopes of changing the scenery in Albany. The Fresh Meadows resident said what made her different from her opponent was her fresh perspective on the issues that affect the 25th Assembly District, which runs from Flushing to Douglaston and also includes most of Bayside Hills.

“I don’t wait in line,” Rozic said, referring to Iannece’s former runs for public office, including a failed bid for the City Council in 2009.

The alumna of Townsend Harris High School in Flushing said focusing on education throughout her campaign has been the bottom line to combat the borough’s growing classroom sizes.

Of her key issues, Rozic said she was campaigning on job creation, affordable health care and accessible women’s and immigrant services.

“We need more women in government to advocate for these kinds of things,” Rozic said.

Rozic’s campaign reported several endorsements from groups including Council hopeful Kevin Kim, the Working Families Party, EMILY’s List and the New York League of Conservation Voters.

Reach reporter Phil Corso by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4573.

Posted 12:00 am, September 1, 2012
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Lou from Bayside says:
When Jerry knocks on your door ask him how he was able to arrange for his street to have a new sewer installed. Also ask him why he advocates abortion and the dream act , you know Democratic amnesty which would reward 14 million illegals who came here by breaking the law!The dream act is one of "his greatest concerns"! The overcorwded schools most of us have to endure doesnt affect Jerry because his kids always went to private schools. Cardozo HS for instance has about 2ooo more students than it should , many of them illegals! This is one of Jerrys greatest concerns!~Guy is a phony ,baloney!
Sept. 1, 2012, 7:52 am
Armando from Bayside Hills says:
Lou has, is, and will be the classic chronic example of someone who has done nothing, wants to do nothing and will do nothing for his community except complain, put down and attack someone like Jerry who has an awesome reputation in bayside hills and the adjoining communities.
My advice to Lou is to review the record of both candidates and make the most informed and appropriate choice to represent you as assemblyman.
That is of course, if you actually choose to get up off your butt and exercise your right to vote.
Sept. 2, 2012, 1:15 pm
Lou from Bayside says:
Sorry Armando but a Guy who goes to church every Sunday and yet is pro abortion is a phony, a guy states that his most pressing concern is the passing of the dream act when our schools and hospitals are overwhelmed with illegal invaders is a phony! A phony is not the representation the community needs. This guy is a political hack wannabee who will never take a real stand but will only stand lockstep with the likes of fiends like Schumer, Cuomo,Silver , Maloney to name a few!~
Sept. 2, 2012, 7:50 pm
Ben from Bayside Hills says:
Nily is a fresh, passionate voice about issues that mean something to the community: campaign finance reform, education, public transportation and jobs. We need to send a loud, clear message to Silver and the Queens machine that the era of politics as usual is over.
Sept. 2, 2012, 11:20 pm
Armando from Bayside Hills says:
I've known Jerry for over 15 years. He is a passionate man with a good heart who follows his beliefs and takes a position. I have watched him time and time again step up to the plate and DO for the community. What has his opponent done? Lets compare... his opponent served as a chief of staff for an asssemblyman for a couple of years, Jerry has been a civic leader for over 25 years!!
A reasonable person knows that you can't make everyone happy all of the time. It's just not possible. Lou apparently is one of those people that Jerry just can't make happy even if he did cartwheels and backflips for him. I really doubt if there is a candidate out there that could make Lou happy. In fact, I doubt if Lou will even show up to vote. I will vote. I will vote for the person who has been there and done that. I will vote for the best person to represent me. Jerry is that person. He has earned his stripes. Google the man and see for yourself the number of issues that he has been involved in and how he has represented his community for over 25 years. Fact not fiction.
Ladies and gentlemen, if its a fresh face with a fresh voice then Jerry is not your man. If its someone with PROVEN experience and dedication who has repeatedly delivered for the community he has served, then you too will cast a vote for Jerry. You have a choice. Regardless, of who you chose to represent you, please exercise your right to vote!
Sept. 3, 2012, 12:54 am
Lou from Bayside says:
Maybe his opponent wont be a pandering, middle of the road , milquetoast politico who wants to meet the opposition in the middle and compromise! He is a panderer and we know it! Time for a fresh face and the hope of better representation. Jerry has the albatross of Ackerman,Shumer,Cuomo and Obama hanging around his neck!
Sept. 3, 2012, 10:44 am
Armando from Bayside Hills says:
May you find peace, happiness and a stress free life!
Don't forget to vote!
Sept. 3, 2012, 12:21 pm
Michael Feiner from Bayside Hills says:
Remember Thursday September 13 is Primery Day everybody. Please remember to vote. BTW: Jerry Iannece will be my choice!
Sept. 3, 2012, 4:56 pm
Lou from Bayside says:
The 1917 Code of Canon Law punished abortion with excommunication. The revised canonical legislation continues this tradition when it decrees that a person who actually procures an abortion incurs automatic (Latae sententiae) excommunication" (Canon 1398) " The excommunication affects all those who commit this crime with knowledge of the penalty attached and thus includes those accomplices without whose help the crime would not have been committed" (Canon 1329).

Yes remember to vote, but remember all the good people of Bayside Hills who attend St. Robert Bellarmine and others of Bayside who attend other Catholic parishes that so called Catholic Candidates who advocate abortion have excommunicated themselves and that you are forbidden to vote for these accomplices of abortion! The Monsignors and Bishops will do nothing ! That is par for the course! You would be wise to stay home and not be party to this outrage!
Sept. 4, 2012, 10:33 am
Armando from Bayside Hills says:
Lou stop being mad at the world!
Tell the truth... No candidate or person can satisfy you.
By now everyone knows that you just run your mouth because you have nothing else to do. It is sad that you are a bitter and angry man with alot of free time on your hands and nothing left to do other than just posting derogatory blogs for your own amusement. I will no longer feed into your Lou-nacy!
I am confident that the voters will make an informed and educated decision. I know that they will review the records of both candidates and pick the one that is best qualified to represent them. Once the candidates are evaluated, the choice shoud be crystal clear...
My choice is Jerry Iannece!
Sept. 4, 2012, 1:25 pm
Lou from Bayside says:
Call me all the names you wish Armando! Noticed you havent been able to refute a single one of my charges. Catholics in good conscience must not vote for so called Catholic candidates who by the advocacy of abortion have thus excommunicated themselves from the church! Any member of St Robets who votes for this guy should really reexamine their faith! You can stand with the church and those in it or you can stand with the likes of Schumer,Ackerman,Maloney,and Obama but you cant have it both ways!
Sept. 4, 2012, 1:45 pm
Lou from Bayside says:
In February 2006, the IRS issued a new fact sheet entitled “Election Year Activities and the Prohibition
on Political Campaign Intervention for Section 501(c)(3) Organizations.” The document states that
charitable organizations that fall under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code are “absolutely
prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf
of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office.” This prohibition applies to all campaigns,
including campaigns at the federal, state and local levels. Not complying with this prohibition may result
in loss of tax-exempt status and the imposition of fines. Private foundations that are also 501(c)(3)
nonprofit organizations are subject to additional restrictions.

Sept. 5, 2012, 7:22 pm
Hank from Flushing says:

Are you a tax attorney or a C.P.A.? If not, you should not be making comments about the application of I.R.S. regulations.

The I.R.S. regulations are extensive and complex. If is quite clear that your understanding of Section 501(c)(3) Organizations is incomplete. It is totally possible for a Section 501(c)(3) to engage in politics. I don't know the details of the way the Bayside Hills Civic Association is set up, and I strongly suspect that you do not either.

Perhaps you are more of an expert in Canon law? What seminary did you attend?
Sept. 8, 2012, 1:31 pm
FLO from Bayside says:
VOTE FOR JERRY IANNECE !!!! Iannece's qualifications and credentials, years of community service, his experience as community leader is obviously unparalleled as against to the flimpsy credentials and inexperience NilyRozic. There is nothing in NilyRozic's background that she did that or this in finance, women issue, education etc. - it is all charming talk and hot air- empty promises where Nily never experienced - she never walked in that line in the past. Nily has no community outreach invested in Queens. Do the walk before the phony talk.
Sept. 10, 2012, 4:42 pm
Lou from Bayside says:
Being a blowhard and supreme hypocrite are qualifications?
Sept. 10, 2012, 7:20 pm
Lou from Bayside says:
Oh yes Flo Jerry has fantastic qualifications as it pertains to "Womens issues" The weekly communicant is an ardent supporter of ABORTION! People of St Roberts and other local churches and parishes , dont vote for this supreme phony, hold your nose and stay home!
Sept. 10, 2012, 7:36 pm
Tony from Whitestone says:
Hi Bayside Folks, just so you know. The above postings come from THE MIND OF ALFREDO CENTOLA. This man likes using all of the above phony names to sheepishly hide behind all his endless pointless points. We try to keep him in Whitestone but sometimes he strays.
Sept. 11, 2012, 8:14 am
H from Flushing says:
btw AD 25 is 51% asian.

Voting have been a mess this time, my regular place mention that my voting place have been moved to the senior center on Kissena Blvd. My old place was just 2 blocks, now i have to drive to there and worry about parking. What a mess.
Sept. 17, 2012, 3:41 pm

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