“I am running for the Assembly” announced Farouk Samaroo, “My experience in the Legislature, and on the battlefield make me uniquely qualified to serve the people in our neighborhoods of Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, Ozone Park, Glendale, Maspeth, Ridgewood, and Middle Village. We deserve an Assemblyman who will serve us with honor, experience and skill.”
The 38th Assembly District seat became vacant when the previous incumbent, after 30 years in office, resigned following his guilty plea to charges of influence peddling. By every objective measure, the district has suffered during his tenure. The lack of basic government services, aging or inadequate infrastructure, and absence of advocacy for economic development and revitalization of the district’s small business base have cost us dearly.
Samaroo said: “I am an ordinary Soldier, the son of working class parents, and I grew up in this district. I have had the great privilege and high honor of serving my country in battle. I found it to be the most rewarding experience of my life. Our Assemblyman resigned in disgrace, the State Legislature is failing us, and our country needs the service of committed young men and women to lead at all levels of government. I promise to serve this district well and with honor.”
He returned home after spending the past 12 months serving as a Soldier in the U.S. Army in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. For his service in Afghanistan with the storied 1st Infantry Division (the Big Red One), Farouk was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for “military merit,” as well as six other decorations. Farouk’s unit, the 3rd Infantry Brigade, saw heavy combat in the four provinces of Eastern Afghanistan which border Pakistan’s lawless frontier provinces where Taliban and al-Qaeda forces are concentrated.
Farouk Samaroo has lived in Richmond Hill for the past 19 years. He has been very active in local civic affairs. Before his Army service, Samaroo served as a Community Liaison in the New York State Assembly, and on the boards of local non-profits. He also attends Mass at St. Benedict Joseph Labre Roman Catholic Church in Richmond Hill. Farouk is a Knight of St. Peter Claver, a national Catholic fraternal organization.
Supporters of Samaroo today announced the formation of “Friends of Samaroo” to seek the Democratic Party nomination for the Assembly vacancy.