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New endorsements have been announced for three of the candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for Mark Weprin’s former City Council seat in eastern Queens: Bob Friedrich, Satnam Singh Parhar and Barry Grodenchik.

The Queens Coalition for Parks and Green Spacesas well as Citizens Against Graffiti Everywhere made their election recommendations for community advocate and residential co-op leader Bob Friedrich last week.

Friedrich, a former candidate for City Council and the state Assembly, made a campaign pledge to cultivate and enhance the 23rd Council District’s parks and green spaces, improving quality of life and public safety in the area around Hollis, Bellerose, Floral Park, Bayside Hills and Glen Oaks, Oakland Gardens and Hollis.

“Parks and recreation spaces are important sanctuaries and I will do what is necessary to keep them accessible and safe for the enjoyment of the public,” Friedrich said.

Friedrich was also the 2012 recipient of the Queens Coalition for Parks and Green Spaces’ annual Emerald Award, which recognized the improvements he made in the Glen Oaks Village Co-Ops.

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) publicly announced his endorsement of Satnam Singh Parhar last weekend at a campaign event.

Avella said Parhar, a Sikh from India who is one of three South Asians in the election, reflects the great diversity in the eastern Queens Council district, and best understands the issues it faces.

“Over the years that I have known him, Parhar has a strong record of getting results,” Avella said in a statement. “His commitment to serving all the constituents of District 23 makes him a fantastic advocate for this community.”

Parhar, a longtime community advocate and president of the India Association of Long Island, is running on a platform to increase economic development in support of small business, advocating for education equality, increased transportation alternatives in eastern Queens, more senior centers and a freeze on property taxes and utility rates.

The Transport Workers Union Local 100, which represents city transportation employees, endorsed Barry Grodenchik’s campaign, acknowledging his pledge to advocate for increased rail and bus service to the Council district, which is currently underserved.

A former state assemblyman, Grodenchik has already obtained an exensive number of endorsements from other Democratic elected officials. He is currently on leave from his administrative position with the borough president’s office.

“Barry Grodenchik’s record of public service and advocacy on behalf of working families’ issues in Queens is what led TWU Local 100 to support his candidacy,” John Samuelsen, the union’s president, said in a statement.

In obtaining TWU’s endorsement, Grodenchik said he would vow to work to increase bus and city select bus services, and would request to be appointed to the City Council’s transportation committee.

Reach reporter Tom Momberg by e-mail at tmomberg@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4573.

Updated 12:32 am, July 10, 2018
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Who cares David from Queens says:
David we do not care about your petty problems. But let me clue you in.. new windows reduce heating costs. The whole coop pays for heating costs.
But anyway it seems all of these candidates are real losers. We can leave this seat vacant and get the same amount done.
Aug. 26, 2015, 2:26 pm
David from Glen Oaks says:
I see my post was removed.
Bob Friedrich is a petty thief known to steal maintenance money for his here and there needs. All improvements he claims are done with shareholders money so whats the fuss. He made shareholders pay for the windows and evicted those who refused by posting a lien. He got their apartments as his own. Check out how many co-ops he owns without paying.
Aug. 26, 2015, 3:08 pm
Lisa Marie from Whitestone says:
Alfredo Centola now as Who cares David from Queens and David from Glen Oaks. What the hell is wrong with you??
Aug. 26, 2015, 5:54 pm
JP from Bellerose says:
Disclosure- I don't live in Glen Oaks and I don't know Bob PERSONALLY. But if the windows needed replacement ,it's a co-0p and thats how it works. Bob is just the president I'm sure the board was also involved and everyone had the chance to vent their objection before the decision was made .
Bob has my vote.
He has been involved in our community for a long time. I have know Bob and have seen him in action many times , he knows the REAL issues.
Yes, I agree he is out spoken or maybe he is just as frustrated as me.
How can we expect different results if we continue the same game plan. Bob knows the issues and I strongly believe he will fight for our district .
Aug. 26, 2015, 7:41 pm
Markie from Floral Park says:
Jp have you lived in Glen Oaks? I lived there for 3 years and left. The co-op has about 500 or so rent stabilized families living on welfare. They didn't pay for windows. Neither did the board members and few of Bob's friends living there. That's why shareholders are upset with him.
Aug. 27, 2015, 7:32 am
Markie from Floral Park says:
If everyone paid for windows equally nobody don't mind. Bob Friedrich wouldn't disclose that details like how much was paid to the window company, installation costs, who didn't pay, who paid and etc.
Aug. 27, 2015, 7:34 am
Markie from Floral Park says:
If everyone paid for windows equally nobody don't mind. Bob Friedrich wouldn't disclose that details like how much was paid to the window company, installation costs, who didn't pay, who paid and etc.
Aug. 27, 2015, 7:35 am
Markie from Floral Park says:
If everyone paid for windows equally nobody don't mind. Bob Friedrich wouldn't disclose that details like how much was paid to the window company, installation costs, who didn't pay, who paid and etc.
Aug. 27, 2015, 7:35 am
No TWU from Queens says:
Would stay away from any candidate supported by any union.
Aug. 27, 2015, 8:38 am
No TWU from Queens says:
Would stay away from any candidate supported by any union.
Aug. 27, 2015, 8:38 am
Sandy from Glen oaks says:
Bob Friedrich won't allow anyone to stand up next to him for an election in Glen Oaks Village. That explains why he is a dictator with a bully attitude. No one can stand him.
Aug. 27, 2015, 1:31 pm
Joe Moretti from Jamaica says:
Endorsements. Right one crook telling you another crook is fit for office.

What a joke. Does City Council really serve a purpose for the betterment of communities.

And the crap keeps rolling down.

https://cleanupjamaicaqueens.wordpress.com/
Aug. 27, 2015, 2:48 pm
Cynthia from Bellerose says:
If anyone asks Bob a question on election information to run for the board in Glen Oaks Village, he will shout back or deny. All the board members are his cronies so he can control his way while his wallet keep getting fatter.
Aug. 27, 2015, 10:43 pm

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