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July Update


Petitioning Update

July has been extremely busy as we continue the petitioning process to ensure that Heidi gets on the September Democratic Primary ballot, while continuing our grassroots efforts in the community.

For those of you who have been carrying petitions, thanks! We are now in the process of collecting the signed petitions and preparing for the filing next week. So...if you have your competed petitions, stop by the office to turn them in -- or, just call us and we will arrange to pick them up.

Needless to say, if you are a registered Democrat in the district, and someone has not reached out to you to sign the petition, please let us know and we will make sure we get to you asap.


Great Article about Heidi

The July 9, 2009 Queens Chronicle had a great profile of Heidi. The article highlights Heidi's positions and platform, while discussing her vast accomplishments in the community as a volunteer. "Chain has worked extensively for the betterment of the community," the article stated. Heidi concluded, "I understand the business of government and can make improvements to help all of us. ... I have a record of being a hard worker and I will continue to deliver for our community."

We agree.
Check out the article in The Queens Chronicle.

Here is the article if the link doesn't work (courtesy of the Queens Chronicle):

Heidi Chain

Chain touts fresh ideas in council race
by AnnMarie Costella, Chronicle Contributor

Heidi Chain hopes her decades of experience with the City Department of Finance and dedication to community service will give her the edge she needs to win the District 29 City Council seat currently occupied by Melinda Katz.

"I have fresh ideas," she said. "I see problems and I see ways to solve those problems that haven't been done yet.

One of those ideas is to establish a service helpline that will be more efficient than 311 and provide immediate aid to residents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Also topping Chain's list of priorities are seniors, public safety, youth services and education. Chain wants to see the Meals on Wheels return to serving hot meals as opposed to frozen ones. She believes the change was made because of the manner in which the government awards service contracts often choosing the lowest bidder without really evaluating the needs of the people being served.

"These are real people, not just words on paper," she said. "They are our friends and our neighbors."

Reducing classroom size, supporting mayoral control of schools, and funding after-school programs are just a few of the ways Chain will fight to ensure a bright future for our youth.

She will also continue to work closely with the NYPD to enhance public safety, address noise complaints, put an end to the irritating problem of blocked driveways, and increase security especially around schools since youth on youth crime continues to be a problem.

Chain wants to end wasteful spending and ensure fiscal responsibility. Part of her plan is to take a green approach, filing official documents online to save paper and reduce money spent on postage.

"The common solution is to raise taxes or cut services. There has to be a third option," she said. "We need to work better, cheaper and more efficiently."

Chain also recently announced that she would not accept taxpayer public matching funds to help finance her city council campaign.

"The city is struggling," she said. "To me it was a choice between seniors getting services or money being used for politics and the choice was clear. Under these circumstances, I could not in good conscience take money away from the people who need it most."

Although this is the first time she is running for political office, Chain says that reaction to her campaign has been very positive. She has already received numerous endorsements, the most recent one from Teamsters Local 237.

"It's very exciting and I'm honored," she said. "People stop me in the street and thank me for running and that's just wonderful."

Chain has worked extensively for the betterment of the community serving as president of the 112th Precinct Community Council and the chairwoman of both the Economic Development and Youth Committees of Community Board 6, among other posts.

"I understand the business of government and can make improvements to help all of us," she said. "I have a record of being a hard worker and I will continue to deliver for our community."
District 29 includes Forest Hills, Kew Gardens and Rego Park. Also seeking the seat are Karen Koslowitz, Lynn Schulman, Michael Cohen and Mel Gagarin.


Heidi Chain

We can't afford politics as usual. Heidi is running with one thing in mind: our community. She is prepared to tackle the hard issues head-on and stand up for our real needs. So sign a petition, volunteer, and let us know what matters to you - together we can better our community.

We thank you for all your help!