"I fund senior centers' Atlantic City trips."
City Council Member Joseph Addabbo (D-Queens) glided over the green linoleum floors at the Howard Beach Senior Center, stuffing fliers about an upcoming town hall meeting into every wrinkled hand he saw.
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As sprinklers watered the baseball fields outside, Maltese was inside, working the crowd: seniors, veterans, men and women with Italian accents and cell phones with The Godfather theme music ring tones.
For several months, Addabbo practically had the district to himself. But with the end of the legislative session in Albany, he now shares the district with Maltese, who plans to crisscross the area, touting discretionary funds he has won for various community groups. Addabbo said he plans to employ a similar strategy.
All three candidates are looking to beef up support in the immigrant community—a crucial voting block in a district where the foreign-born population has jumped from 29 to 39 percent since 1990.
"Justin, he wants to know where this is. The Capitol, right?"