SLIMEBALL CORRUPT CONGRESSMAN MEEKS GETS A CHALLENGER – ALI MIRZA

Here is how I feel about these useless corrupt entrenched elected officials of Southeast Queens, unless they did a SUPER bang up job in office (which none have), just vote for the other person, regardless. Because it certainly cannot get worse than the shits that are already in office. Just take the chance.

Challenger Mirza hits the nail on the head:

Mirza pointed out two specific reasons for his run for Congress: To put an end to what he called “corruption in Southeast Queens politics” and to improve the representative’s role involvement by being present in the district.

“District 5 is a very diverse district,” Mirza said. “About 25 percent of the district is African-American, the other 25 percent is the Caribbean-American Black community, we have 22 percent Hispanics, 17 percent South Asian, all taking part in a huge Muslim population and Sikh community. It a very large community and I think it’s time for a change here.” “I am sick and tired of the political corruption,” he said. “Unfortunately, Congressman Meeks is surrounded with the scandals, corruptions and abuse of power, and I think we deserve better. The people of this district should not be represented by somebody who is regarded as the most corrupt congressman in America.”

Time for some of these SE Queens dinosaurs to go, I mean the writing is on the wall anyway. Times are changing and demographics are changing, plus these Jamaica Good Ole Boys Club have worn their welcome out a LONG time ago. And really do I need to say how many have been up on corruption charges and how many  have been sent to prison.

ENOUGH SAID.

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From Queens Press:

Rep. Meeks Gets a Democratic Challenger After All

BY TRONE DOWD

As the borough nears the first of its many primaries, more Southeast Queens political figures and community leaders are throwing their hats into the political races. Last week the Press of Southeast Queens reviewed the race for the 33rd Assembly District as well as the race for 10th Senate District. This week we recap another race heating up in Southeast Queens.

Gregory Meeks

Gregory Meeks

5th Congressional District
Incumbent Gregory Meeks
Holding the seat since 1998, Meeks was the protege and chosen successor to the seat previously held by influential Southeast Queens leader Rev. Floyd Flake of the Greater Allen A.M.E Cathedral. Though he has faced opposition in previous years, Meeks has stayed on, serving a significant chunk of the Southeast Queens community including St. Albans, Cambria Heights, South Ozone Park, Laurelton, Rosedale, Jamaica, Springfield Gardens, Hollis, Queens Village and Jamaica Estates, as well as part of Nassau County.

The race for the 5th Congressional district seat has changed in the last few months, with state Sen. James Sanders Jr. (D-South Ozone Park) declaring a bid for the seat and rescinding his bid after accusations from a couple who claimed he attempted to coerce a bribe from them.

Although Sanders denied the accusations, giving a point-by-point rebuttal to their accusations, published in the New York Post, he chose to run for state Senate again as Adrienne Adams declared she would be running for the seat as well.

Meeks gave the Press of Southeast Queens a brief overview of his most proud accomplishments as a member of Congress representing Southeast Queens for 18 years.

“I take great pride in continuing my efforts to help my constituents recover and rebuild in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, which includes helping to lead the fight for the $60 billion federal aid package,” Meeks said.

“I have also enacted reforms to the national flood insurance program and worked with and sometimes challenged FEMA to benefit flood victims.”

Meeks also pointed out a number of other things that he’s been involved in over the last few years, such as his work during the foreclosure crisis, which was especially damaging to Black Americans. The congressmen said he worked to “maintain the vigor of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act” and “enhanced penalties on lenders for discriminating against minority home buyers.” Meeks also said he fought to get financial bonuses for educational institutions in Southeast Queens and worked with seniors.

“I am proud to be in Congress fighting to uphold all that we accomplished with those bills,” Meeks said.

Ali Mirza

Ali Mirza

Challenger Ali Mirza
However, Democrat challenger Ali Mirza is moving forward with his bid for the Congressional seat.

Mirza, an Elmont resident and self-made businessman, who found success starting his own public relations company, which he leads along with his wife, announced his bid Jan. 9. Mirza spoke with the Press of Southeast Queens about the diversity and needs the congressional district in April.

“District 5 is a very diverse district,” Mirza said. “About 25 percent of the district is African-American, the other 25 percent is the Caribbean-American Black community, we have 22 percent Hispanics, 17 percent South Asian, all taking part in a huge Muslim population and Sikh community. It a very large community and I think it’s time for a change here.”

Mirza pointed out two specific reasons for his run for Congress: To put an end to what he called “corruption in Southeast Queens politics” and to improve the representative’s role involvement by being present in the district.

“I am sick and tired of the political corruption,” he said. “Unfortunately, Congressman Meeks is surrounded with the scandals, corruptions and abuse of power, and I think we deserve better. The people of this district should not be represented by somebody who is regarded as the most corrupt congressman in America.”

The accusation has been thrown around a number of times in recent years. The Citizens For Responsibility And Ethics in Washington, a non-profit organization, which monitors national political figures, named Meeks one of the most corrupt congressman in the U.S. two different years. Despite these accusations from a number of organizations, Meeks has never been tried for a crime.

“He has been an absentee Congressman who has been missing in action,” Mirza continued. “He stays in his comfort zone of a very limited geographical area which is near his residence. He does not take in the issues and affairs of the rest of his district.”

Meeks currently serves as the Democratic member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and as a ranking member of the subcommittee of Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats and the Western Hemisphere. Due to his high rank, Meeks is often times traveling overseas as a part of his job. And though he does have representation sent to community events in his absence, critics have said that his constituency have suffered as a result of his frequent absence from the district.

Mirza considers himself a very progressive and liberal individual and hopes that like-minded voters, who he believes makes up most of the democratic party, will come out to support his run. He has been a bastion for religious tolerance across all faiths and has been an activist for Muslim rights.

A top campaign issue for Mirza is income equality, which he aims to address by advocating for the $15 an hour minimum wage and closing tax loopholes that assist the rich and big corporations in evading their fair share of taxes. He also plans to address climate change and gun violence which has especially been a problem in Southeast Queens, tackle racial inequality, push for easy pathways to legal citizenship for immigrants, and advocate for the expansion of Social Security on behalf of the district’s seniors.

 

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