Our September Meeting


Words and pictures by Kevin J. Ryan

The weather is mercifully cooler but local political races are just beginning to heat up. After the primary victory of Joe Lhota, who visited our club several times and will return soon, we had a chance at our September meeting to focus on other City and Queens candidates, some of whom visited the NEQRC for the first time.

In no particular order:

NEQRC Vice President Dennis Saffran is the Republican Candidate for the 19th City Council District and squares off against Democratic Primary winner Paul Vallone, who’s the younger of the Vallone Democratic dynasty sons and is trying once again for his first election to office. This is a traditionally Republican area that we don’t want to lose.


Attorney Alex Blishteyn is running  for City Council in District 24, against perennial Democratic candidate Rory Lancman, who abandoned his Assembly seat last year in a failed bid for Congress.


Scherie Murray, the founder of the Esemel Group, is the Republican candidate for City Council in District 31.


Sunny Hahn is running for City Council in District 20.


Joe Concannon is a retired NYPD Captain running for City Council in the 3rd District, against Mark Weprin, who voted for the so-called Community Safety Act. Concannon is pro-Stop and Frisk and, like all our Republican candidates, wants to put the cuffs on the crooks, not the cops.


John Burnett is the Republican candidate for NYC Comptroller. He has had a highly successful career in finance and wants to serve the City by bringing sound fiscal policies to the Comptroller’s Office.


Tony Arcabascio is the Republican candidate for Queens Borough President.


NEQRC Vice President Alan Laufer and his two sons announced a new, ambitious  and exciting interactive social media project called Hoodhoot.com








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