BY JON CRONIN
Michael Gennaro Scala, a litigation attorney, announced on May 15 his candidacy for the 32nd District of the City Council as a Democrat against incumbent Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park).
“It’s time to wage an aggressive battle for better transportation,” Scala, a Queens attorney with experience in the private and public sectors, said. “This means working to improve and expand ferry service. It means diligently and dutifully advocating against Select Bus Service on Cross Bay and Woodhaven boulevards, a plan that every community along the proposed route rejected. It means forcefully promoting the QueensRail to reduce the commutes working people are making to and from Midtown Manhattan by up to 45 minutes. It means never giving up the fight, even in the face of resistance.”
As first vice president of the Queens Public Transit Committee, Scala and Phil McManus, president of the committee, advocated for better bus service and the reactivation of the Rockaway Rail Line.
Scala said that Ulrich has done an “estimable job in certain respects,” but believes that he should adhere to term limits, although there is a loophole that allows officials who were elected before 2010 to run for a third term.
The City Council contender said that he plans “to focus on holding the city more accountable to communities [and] stopping the warehousing of homeless families without input from local leaders and elected officials, as well as contending for better education and healthcare access for his constituents.”
Scala previously worked in the legal department of New York State United Teachers and for the healthcare non-profit National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. He served as legal counsel and a legislative director in the state Senate.
Scala previously ran in the 2012 Democratic primary against incumbent U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) and received 11 percent of the vote. He has also previously performed as hip hop artist Mike “Pizon” Scala.