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Sanders drops out of race, paving path for Meeks

(l-r) U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks’s will no longer face State Sen. James Sanders Jr. in a race for his Congressional seat.
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U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks’s (D-Jamaica) path to re-election just became much clearer.

State Sen. James Sanders Jr. (D-South Ozone Park) announced last week that he would be ending his campaign for Congress and instead focus his efforts on defending his seat in the 10th District this fall.

“As many are aware, I had recently explored a run for Congress because of the dire need I feel we have in overturning the current establishment overseeing southeastern Queens,” Sanders said in a press release.

“I wanted to rid the complacency, mediocrity and ethical lapses from yet another elected seat that has been preventing real improvements from being enacted in our neighborho­ods,” he added. “But now that a Democratic majority is within our grasp in the statehouse we have the opportunity to do the good work that we’ve been striving to accomplish for so long, devoid of Republican obstructio­nism.”

State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Nassau), who wielded great power as the Senate majority leader, was found guilty of federal corruption charges in January and is awaiting sentencing. A battle for control of the Senate is being waged by both Republicans and Democrats at this point.

Both Meeks and Sanders Jr. have been involved in southeastern Queens politics for years.

Sanders represents the 10th Senatorial District, which includes the neighborhoods of Richmond Hill, South Ozone Park, Jamaica, Rochdale Village, Rosedale and parts of Far Rockaway.

He previously served in the City Council and spearheaded legislation downzoning homes in Cambria Heights so that the neighborhood would always retain its quality-of-life standards.

In 2012, he unseated former Sen. Shirley Huntley, who was convicted of funneling public funds to charities she oversaw and served less than a year in federal prison.

His district covers Far Rockaway, Jamaica, St. Albans, Springfield Gardens, South Ozone Park and parts of Elmont and Valley Stream, L.I.

Meeks has served as a congressman since 1998, when he took over the seat that had been held by the Rev. Floyd Flake, who resigned to work on the ambitious development of the Allen AME cathedral.

Meeks began his political career as an assistant district attorney and special narcotics prosecutor for the city before joining the Investigations Commission on official misconduct and organized crime. He then served as a supervising judge for the New York State Workers Compensation System. He currently serves on a number of foreign affairs committees in the House.

Reach reporter Gabriel Rom by e-mail at grom@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4564.

Posted 12:00 am, March 25, 2016
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Joe Moretti from Jamaica says:
Listen to this load of crap why Sanders dropped out of his race for Congress against Meeks to seek reelection for his Senate seat.

“As many are aware, I had recently explored a run for Congress because of the dire need I feel we have in overturning the current establishment overseeing southeastern Queens,” Sanders said in a press release.

“I wanted to rid the complacency, mediocrity and ethical lapses from yet another elected seat that has been preventing real improvements from being enacted in our neighborho­ods,” he added. “But now that a Democratic majority is within our grasp in the statehouse we have the opportunity to do the good work that we’ve been striving to accomplish for so long, devoid of Republican obstructio­nism.”

REALLY, so you feel that a Democratic majority is now within grasp and you can now all do good work you have been striving for. But what has the got anything to do with all of you working on a local level, where neither Sanders and especially Meeks have not done fantastic things for this community to make it better.

So now one of the most shady, crooked Congressman, Meeks, will as usual run unopposed, not that having another good ole boy running against Meeks is much of an improvement.

And so the SE Queens political circus of Democrats continue their reign of "Taxation without Representation" for their community.

https://cleanupjamaicaqueens.wordpress.com/
March 25, 2016, 7:25 am
Joe Moretti from Jamaica says:
Listen to this load of crap why Sanders dropped out of his race for Congress against Meeks to seek reelection for his Senate seat.

“As many are aware, I had recently explored a run for Congress because of the dire need I feel we have in overturning the current establishment overseeing southeastern Queens,” Sanders said in a press release.

“I wanted to rid the complacency, mediocrity and ethical lapses from yet another elected seat that has been preventing real improvements from being enacted in our neighborho­ods,” he added. “But now that a Democratic majority is within our grasp in the statehouse we have the opportunity to do the good work that we’ve been striving to accomplish for so long, devoid of Republican obstructio­nism.”

REALLY, so you feel that a Democratic majority is now within grasp and you can now all do good work you have been striving for. But what has the got anything to do with all of you working on a local level, where neither Sanders and especially Meeks have not done fantastic things for this community to make it better.

So now one of the most shady, crooked Congressman, Meeks, will as usual run unopposed, not that having another good ole boy running against Meeks is much of an improvement.

And so the SE Queens political circus of Democrats continue their reign of "Taxation without Representation" for their community.

https://cleanupjamaicaqueens.wordpress.com/
March 25, 2016, 7:25 am
Joe Moretti from Jamaica says:
Listen to this load of crap why Sanders dropped out of his race for Congress against Meeks to seek reelection for his Senate seat.

“As many are aware, I had recently explored a run for Congress because of the dire need I feel we have in overturning the current establishment overseeing southeastern Queens,” Sanders said in a press release.

“I wanted to rid the complacency, mediocrity and ethical lapses from yet another elected seat that has been preventing real improvements from being enacted in our neighborho­ods,” he added. “But now that a Democratic majority is within our grasp in the statehouse we have the opportunity to do the good work that we’ve been striving to accomplish for so long, devoid of Republican obstructio­nism.”

REALLY, so you feel that a Democratic majority is now within grasp and you can now all do good work you have been striving for. But what has the got anything to do with all of you working on a local level, where neither Sanders and especially Meeks have not done fantastic things for this community to make it better.

So now one of the most shady, crooked Congressman, Meeks, will as usual run unopposed, not that having another good ole boy running against Meeks is much of an improvement.

And so the SE Queens political circus of Democrats continue their reign of "Taxation without Representation" for their community.

https://cleanupjamaicaqueens.wordpress.com/
March 25, 2016, 7:25 am
Joe Moretti from Jamaica says:
Listen to this load of crap why Sanders dropped out of his race for Congress against Meeks to seek reelection for his Senate seat.

“As many are aware, I had recently explored a run for Congress because of the dire need I feel we have in overturning the current establishment overseeing southeastern Queens,” Sanders said in a press release.

“I wanted to rid the complacency, mediocrity and ethical lapses from yet another elected seat that has been preventing real improvements from being enacted in our neighborho­ods,” he added. “But now that a Democratic majority is within our grasp in the statehouse we have the opportunity to do the good work that we’ve been striving to accomplish for so long, devoid of Republican obstructio­nism.”

REALLY, so you feel that a Democratic majority is now within grasp and you can now all do good work you have been striving for. But what has the got anything to do with all of you working on a local level, where neither Sanders and especially Meeks have not done fantastic things for this community to make it better.

So now one of the most shady, crooked Congressman, Meeks, will as usual run unopposed, not that having another good ole boy running against Meeks is much of an improvement.

And so the SE Queens political circus of Democrats continue their reign of "Taxation without Representation" for their community.

https://cleanupjamaicaqueens.wordpress.com/
March 25, 2016, 7:25 am
just sayin from queens says:
Some years back Meeks was running a Medicaid-syphoning mill in Queens, which I personally was instrumental in closing down. This alone speaks volumes of the guy's character.
March 26, 2016, 4:06 am

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