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Field widening in City Council District 28 race

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Hettie Powell campaign website

The race for City Council District 28 is widening with a diverse range of candidates including Hettie Powell, a longtime lawyer hoping to get her chance in politics.

“Our community matters,” she said. “In these tough times, who you choose to represent you in the City Council matters.”

Powell, running on the Democratic ticket, is up against incumbent Ruben Wills, Beresford Simmons, civic leader Breina Payne, accountant Joseph Marthone, minister David Kayode and community advocate Christina Winslow.

For District 28, which encompasses the Richmond Hill and Jamaica sections of the borough, Powell is focusing on economic development, stability for seniors, youth services, education and community libraries.

“I share [the constituents’] vision for a meaningful educational experience for our youth and for fully funded services for our seniors, for a vibrant economy that provides jobs for those [who] need them and for a place where all can enjoy peace and prosperity,” she said.

Among her plans, Powell would like to establish homeowners’ assistance as well as foreclosure assistance programs, improve senior centers’ programs, create safe street programs, stop police brutality and create anti-gang initiatives. Additionally, she hopes to reduce school class sizes, fund art and sports programs, create industry and educational partnerships for students, restore school libraries and more.

Powell emphasized she believes in the southeast community.

“Elections matter. Our community matters,” she said. “Together, I believe we can create a better tomorrow.”



Meeks takes 5th Congressional District primary

| lguerre@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/photo by Billy Rennison

It may be the best birthday present that Simone-Marie Meeks could receive.

Her husband, incumbent Congressmember Gregory Meeks, once again captured the support of the Democratic Party in the June 26 primary, getting the nod over three competitors. “You don’t do this without family and she made sure not to go away and do something else for her birthday,” Meeks said. “Because of the primary she said ‘no I’m going to stay close to home so that you could do what you have to do.’ Happy birthday to her big time.”

Nearly two hours after voting ceased Meeks appeared at his rally at the Guy R. Brewer United Democratic Club in St. Albans and declared victory, thanking his supporters.

“I am honored to once again win the nomination as the Democratic nominee for the new 5th Congressional District,” Meeks said to the crowd.

Meeks won with 66 percent (7,761 votes) over former City Councilmember Allan Jennings (13 percent, 1,532), Michael Scala (12 percent, 1,369) and Joseph Marthone (10 percent, 1,181).

The new district encompasses most of southeast Queens, including the Rockaways, and parts of Nassau County.

Meeks, who held the 6th Congressional District seat before redistricting, explained that since February, he campaigned directly in his communities and met with residents in their homes, even in Nassau, to earn their support.

“The way I like to meet with people is in small coffee klatches,” Meeks said. “So they get a chance to know me and I get a chance to know them. We will continue to set that up, to meet with leaders and anyone who would invite me to their homes.”

Meeks stayed away from talking about his opponents in the primary, instead focusing on his main goal of moving forward in assisting President Barack Obama in Washington D.C., which hit the right chord with his followers.

“We’ve got to make sure the president’s back,” Meeks said about the upcoming national election, adding, “you talk about health care, that’s important. Also we’ve got to create jobs, so for us we want to have the president’s infrastructure bill passed.”

Even before Meeks voted at about 9:45 a.m. at P.S. 118 with his wife again at his side, he said that he felt very confident about winning and looked forward to working in the new neighborhoods of the transformed 5th District.

“I think it’s an exciting district,” he said earlier. “It’s a district that looks like America when you think of it.”

But before he can officially take the seat in congress Meeks will have to face off once more against Jennings, who ran in both parties and is running unopposed as a Republican.

However, the congressmember maintained his confidence.

“Allan who?” Meeks said with a chuckle.


Primary Guide: 5th Congressional District

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

New York’s 5th Congressional District includes most of southeast Queens, including Cambria Heights, Edgemere, Far Rockaway, Hollis, Jamaica, Laurelton, Richmond Hill, Queens Village, Rosedale, Saint Albans, Springfield Gardens, South Ozone Park, the Rockaways, parts of Nassau County, as well as John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Name: Joseph Marthone

Party: Democrat

Personal Info: Marthone attended Springfield Gardens High School.He then went on to earn his associate degree in media relations from Queensborough Community College, and his bachelor’s degree from Queens College, City University of New York in accounting, taxation and finance.


• Business growth and jobs

• Education and training

• Energy independence and the environment

• Equality and civil rights

• Fiscal responsibility


Name: Gregory Meeks

Party: Democrat

Current Position: Congressmember in New York’s 6th District.

Personal Info: Meeks earned his bachelor’s degree at Adelphi University and he received his law degree from Howard University. He is a member of the Allen AME Church in St. Albans and is married to Simone-Marie Meeks. He has three daughters – Ebony, Aja, and Nia and resides in St. Albans.


• The federal budget

• Homeland security

• Education

• Financial industry reform

• International trade

• Jobs and the economy

• Housing

• Health care

• Transportation

• Social Security


Name: Mike Scala

Party: Democrat

Personal Info: Scala was born and raised in Rosedale, where he has lived most of his life. He graduated from Polytechnic Institute of New York University with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He recently completed his final year of study at Brooklyn Law School, where he obtained a Juris Doctor degree. During school, he worked for the legal department of New York State United Teachers, where he helped defend teachers facing discrimination.

Issues: Scala is running for Congress because he believes the country need stronger leaders fighting for everyday Americans. He supports President Obama and recognizes that he needs more support from his own party.

Platforms: The top priority should be job creation, Scala said, with one in seven New Yorkers out of work. In regards to education, Scala believes No Child Left Behind does not work. He also thinks the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act vastly improves the health care system and should not be repealed. When speaking about immigration, Scala said he believes the country needs to strengthen its borders, but thinks immigrants already in the country that are in good standing should be granted a humane path to citizenship.


Name: Allan W. Jennings, Jr.

Party: Democrat

Current Position: Community activitist and former New York City Councilmember

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