By Nachman C. Caller, Esq
Michael Bloomberg has set a special election for March 23rd, 2010 to fill the recently vacated City Council seat previously held by Simcha Felder. I am hereby announcing my candidacy to fill the position of New York City Council Member for the 44th Councilmanic District. For the past 35 years I have lived in Boro Park, and for the last 25 years I have maintained a law practice in Boro Park as well.
After attending Beth Medrash Govoha in Lakewood for eleven years, I graduated with honors from Columbia University School of Law in 1984. During the course of my law career I had the opportunity to deal with numerous City legislation and regulations while advocating the needs of our community. In December, 2006, I testified in front of a City Council Hearing in connection with legislation affecting tax abatements for newly built housing in relation to the affordable housing fund for New York City. With my expertise in housing I will propose legislation restoring tax abatements for three family houses. This will ensure that people can purchase houses within our Community, and will not be forced to move elsewhere. It is your Community, why should you be forced to move out? Some other housing issues affecting our Community, of which I, as a City Council Member, will address, include: Mortgage Financing, housing costs, and real estate taxes.
More importantly, I will see that the children, parents, and grandparents of our Communities receive their rightful share of governmental benefits. In these dire economic times, it is imperative that we obtain any benefits that may be available, such as school vouchers and governmental programs. After I am elected as your representative for City Council on March 23rd, I will continue being an advocate for legislation to improve and enhance the quality of life within our Community, and the City as a whole.
I feel I can be a true advocate for our Community due to my proven leadership during these tough economic times. This is a trying time in our community where everyone is looking for support to assist them with their daily routine. I will make it my business to be readily available for any constituent needs during these tough economic times. I have had much hatzlacha (success) in my practice, and at this point in my career I would like to focus on Community needs. I am not running for a job, as I am not a career politician. I am running to benefit our Community. I believe that my unique background and education makes me the most capable candidate, and gives me the qualifications to be an outstanding City Council Member that will serve our Community, and the City.