BY JON CRONIN
Two weeks after announcing his retirement from the state assembly, Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) has endorsed Stacey Pheffer-Amato as his successor.
“During my five years in office, we have been able to come together as a community and work to improve the lives of families across southern Queens and Rockaway. For all our progress, there is still so much work left to do. That’s why it’s important that we have a strong voice for our families who will fight for the issues that matter most.,” said Goldfeder.
Pheffer-Amato, a lifelong Rockaway resident, has been elected one of four Democratic District Leaders in Queens for the past four years. She is a 15 year veteran of the Rockaway Beach Civic Association.
She served two terms as co-president of the Scholars’ Academy Parent Association and served a parent member of the PTA at PS 232 in Lindenwood. Pheffer Amato works as a New York City Department of Education certified paraprofessional at Waterside Children’s Studio in Rockaway Park.
Goldfeder believes, “Stacey Pheffer Amato will be that strong voice who will continue our work to ensure every family can recover from Sandy, have access to transportation, and look forward to a better future for themselves and their children. Audrey Pheffer was a mentor to me and if her experience is any indication, I have no doubt her daughter Stacey will be an equally great advocate for our community. I’m proud to enthusiastically endorse Stacey Pheffer Amato for the New York State Assembly and I urge everyone to join me in supporting her in the upcoming election.”
“As a wife and mother, I know the challenges facing our families as we continue to recover from Superstorm Sandy and fight for the services we need. I intend to be a powerful advocate for southern Queens and Rockaway and I look forward to counting on your support in November,” said Pheffer-Amato.
She promises to keep up the fights that Goldfeder has begun, like expediting Sandy recovery and has already involved herself as a committee member on the state’s Rockaway West NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program.
She also plans to see through the reactivation of the the Rockaway Beach Rail Line, which Goldfeder has been lobbying for during his five year tenure.
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