NEW YORK – Vickie Paladino, born and raised in Whitestone, Queens, is running for New York City Council in District 19 in northeast Queens which is home to many Greek-Americans. The district includes the areas of College Point, Whitestone, Malba, Bayside, Douglaston, Little Neck, North Flushing, and Auburndale. A small business owner, mother, and activist, Paladino is on the ballot in the Republican primary on June 22. She first ran for public office in 2018 as the GOP candidate for New York State Senate District 11, also in northeast Queens, but lost in the general election.
Paladino spoke with The National Herald about her decision to run for City Council at this time and about the issues facing the city that she would take on first.
TNH: What made you decide to run for City Council?
Vickie Paladino: I’m running for city council because I'm frankly sickened by what I see happening to our community here as well as to the city as a whole. Crime is exploding, our quality of life is plummeting, businesses are closing, and people are fleeing for other states with better government and more liberty. These are not small issues. And the fact of the matter is that all of these problems lay at the feet of Democrats who hold an absolute monopoly over our government. They've failed. Now it's time to bring bipartisanship and accountability back to our politics before it's too late.
TNH: What do you see as the most pressing issue you would tackle first once elected?
VP: Public safety is top priority right now because nothing else matters if people don't feel safe in their own neighborhoods. Everything else suffers. All the small business stimulus programs in the world won't help us if people are moving out of the city because their homes are being broken into or they're being robbed on the street.
TNH: How has the pandemic affected your campaign?
VP: The mishandling of the pandemic by politicians at every level of our city and state government has really opened the eyes of people in our district to the fact that drastic changes in leadership are necessary. Many people entirely new to politics have contacted our campaign because they've been shocked by the draconian and arbitrary regulations placed on businesses, the threats to our constitutional right to speak and assemble, and the seemingly politically-motivated exceptions to these rules when mass BLM [Black Lives Matter] protests were encouraged while businesses, churches, and schools were forced to close. People have really had enough, and are ready to get involved with campaigns like ours for the first time in their lives.
TNH: How has your family reacted to your political aspirations?
VP: Thankfully, they've all been very supportive. My oldest son is a key strategist on the campaign, and my younger son helps out as well. My husband is very busy with work, so he's not around the campaign office as much, but he's been very supportive too. I think everyone will be happy when we win in November!
More information about Vickie Paladino is available online: https://www.vickiefornyc.com.