CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. July 29, 2009: Guyanese national, Albert Baldeo, is making another bid for elected state office, this time for the New York State Assembly.
The Queens-based attorney on Tuesday announced that he had received word from the New York City Board of Elections certifying him as a Democratic candidate in the primary to replace former Assemblyman Tony Seminerio. The Board found that Baldeo had collected almost three times the required number of valid signatures for his candidacy. According to the Clerk`s report, Baldeo`s petitions contained 1,488 valid signatures, while Assembly seats only require 500 valid signatures to qualify for the ballot.
`I am humbled by the outpouring of support I have received from the people of Queens for this race,` said Baldeo. `While we all hear about dysfunction in Albany, this result shows that people are ready to take their government back. With the continued support of the voters, I hope to go to Albany to fight for better wages and jobs, more funding for our schools and affordable health care and housing for every New Yorker.`
Citing media reports of a possible special election, Baldeo went on to urge Governor Paterson to allow the current election in the 38th AD to move forward without interference.
`Thousands of voters have signed petitions, placing multiple candidates on the ballot for a fair and open election, but if the Governor calls a special election, the will and the rights of those voters will be ignored in favor of political expediency. Only the hard working constituents, who are the voters of this district, deserve the right to make this choice,` explained Baldeo. Baldeo`s campaign finance filings shows that he has $150,000 cash on hand for the race, whereas the other candidates have not shown any finances.
Baldeo in 2006 ran for the State Senate against then-incumbent Serf Maltese.The 38th AD includes the neighborhoods of Ridgewood, Glendale, Forest Park, Woodhaven, Ozone Park and Richmond Hill in Queens. The seat is currently vacant due to the resignation of Tony Seminerio.