As you probably know, this coming Tuesday September 14th is the primary election. If you are a registered democrat, I urge you to get out this Tuesday and vote for our current Assemblyman Joe Lentol in the primary. In case you are not aware, Joe is our Democratic Assemblyman and represents the Greenpoint, Williamsburg and Fort Greene sections of Brooklyn.
Perhaps you've seen these ads in the local papers or your mailbox?
Did you look carefully to perhaps notice someone you may recognize? Someone like me? and my friend Sherry and even the Hello Kitty Cruiser?!
As a friend and supporter of Mr Lentol, I was thrilled when the super smart and lovely Amy from his office asked me to be a part of his upcoming re-election campaign! (me and Amy, at the Lentol headquarters last month-)
And how could I possibly say no?! I was of course more than happy to meet with, and take a few photos with Mr Lentol for the flyer that you see above. (Thank you, Mr Lentol and your wonderful office staff!)
But you're not voting for me, you're voting for him, so let me tell you just some of the things Mr Lentol cares about and works on for us at a local level that are near and dear to my own heart:
- Healthy Eating/Greenmarkets: In addition to supporting community gardens Assemblyman Lentol is a proud supporter of Greenmarkets and other programs aiming to bring high quality, healthy foods into neighborhoods and is escpecially interested in programs that are linked to local growers and small farms allowing communities here in New York City to support farmers throughout the state.
- The Newtown Creek Disaster/Environmental Issues: Joe has been endorsed by the Sierra Club and League of Conservation Voters for his environmental record. He has helped advocate for the Superfund status of Newtown Creek, and been a consistent voice for clean up in the fight against the Exxon Mobil Oil Spill and the Meeker Avenue Plume, most recently helping to bring about health studies and obtaining vapor intrusion testing for homes near the oil spill to ensure the homes are free from potentially dangerous chemicals related to the spill.
- Filming in NY: Assemblyman Lentol instituted the film tax credit which has had the number of film and television shows in New York triple giving more jobs to people who work in that industry. (Personally, I love that a ton of stuff is filmed in NYC!)
- Dog Parks & Community Gardens:He is currently working to improve several of the dog runs in the neighborhood as well as a number of community gardens. (I don't have a dog, but I think this is great, and important for those that do)
- Marriage Equality: When gay marriage first came to a vote in New York, Assemblyman Lentol was one of the leaders in ensuring that it passed the Assembly. (Unfortunately, however, it still has not passed the Senate.)
- And probably my biggest passion: BIKING! He has worked to bring more bike racks to North Brooklyn, to bring bike lanes to bridges like the Kosciuscko and to support the Greenway. He has also worked, often in conjunction with transportation alternatives, to pass legislation in Albany that will protect bicyclists and pedestrians alike. Among these is the well-known Hailey and Diego's law which Assemblyman Lentol, as Chairman of the very prominent codes committee, shepherded through the committee system and to the floor for a vote. He also worked on a law which would mandate that drivers pass bicyclists at a safe distance and not just swoop by them. He helped put camaras on the fronts of buses to speed up bus commutes by catching those blocking bus lanes. Most recently when sanitation wanted to cut down ghost bikes, he stepped in to help ensure that wont happen. (something I feel especially strongly about considering my friend Rasha who was killed on her bike and has a ghost bike on Delancey @ Bowery)
He's hard working, obviously cares about the community and people he serves, and on top of that, he's a super nice guy to boot - he even took a few minutes to pose with me for a birthday photo last month in his office.
So that's our Assemblyman, Joe Lentol, in a nutshell. I firmly believe we need to keep this man in office. It would benefit our district to allow him to continue doing what he's doing. Let's make that happen - get out there and vote for Mr Lentol in the primary this Tuesday so we can give him another chance to keep up the great work he does for our community.
And thanks for everything you do, Mr Lentol! You're awesome!