BY LUIS GRONDA
State Sen. Joe Addabbo (D- Middle Village) will have a Republican challenger this November.
Rego Park resident Michael Conigliaro announced his intention to run for the District 15 State Senate seat against Addabbo in an email sent out Monday afternoon.
According to the release, Conigliaro is the manager of a successful real estate law firm, actively attends Our Lady of Mercy Church in Forest Hills and is the president of the Queensborough Community College Alumni Association.
“My campaign will focus on the issues that are important to the forgotten middle class; creating jobs, cutting taxes and making sure that the next generation has an even better shot at life,” Conigliaro said in a statement. “It’s not enough to stand on the sidelines and simply complain about the status quo. I’m running for State Senate because I want to change things for the better. I believe I can make a difference.”
The release announcing his candidacy also came with endorsements from Republican leaders, including Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and Senate Majority Co-Leader Dean Skelos.
“I’m supporting Mike Conigliaro because he’s honest, hard-working and understands that public service is a privilege, not an entitlement,” said Ulrich, who ran unsuccessfully against Addabbo two years ago.
Statements of support by Queens Conservative Party Chairman Thomas Long and former U.S. Rep. Bob Turner were also included in the press release.
When asked to comment on someone challenging him for the seat, Addabbo said it is all part of the political process.
“I love campaigns because it gives me an opportunity to promote what I’ve done in the past five years,” Addabbo said.
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