Eleven Republicans passed on running against State Sen. Tony Avella this fall, but the Queens GOP has finally found someone to take on the freshman Democrat.
According to a press release, the Queens GOP is backing Joe Concannon, 25-year veteran of the NYPD and a former senior analyst in the mayor’s office for all public safety agencies within New York City, whose interest in a run we wrote about back in March.
The Queens GOP initially wanted either Republican Councilman Dan Halloran (who is instead running for Congress) or veteran ex-Sen. Frank Padavan (whom Avella unseated in 2010) to run for the seat. But finding a candidate proved difficult, especially after the northeast Queens district became more Democratic though redistricting, when Senate Republicans did not accede to the Queens GOP’s request to include conservative areas of the Bronx in Avella’s district. Those areas instead remain in the district of Democratic State Sen./IDC leader Jeff Klein.
The Queens GOP release states that it has also nominated Ralph Cefalo to run in the 26th Assembly District against freshman Democratic Assemblyman Ed Braunstein. In 2010, Vince Tabone, the Queens GOP’s executive vice-chairman, lost a fairly competitive general election race to Braunstein.
Here’s the Queens GOP’s release:
Queens County Republican Party Endorses Joseph Concannon for State Senate in the 11th Senatorial District today. The Queens County Republican Party screening panel interviewed and unanimously recommended for endorsement Joseph Concannon for State Senate in the 11th Senatorial District.
Chairman Phil Ragusa stated “The Republican Party is extremely pleased to officially endorse Joseph Concannon for State Senate in the 11th S.D. The 11th S.D. was represented ably for many years by Senator Padavan and the current incumbent by every benchmark has simply failed the community. He has not lived up to his campaign promises and has not filled Frank’s shoes. The incumbent just doesn’t get it. He has failed to deliver resources to the community despite the fact that more tax dollars flow out of our community per capita, perhaps than any other district. To make matters worse instead of fighting to create jobs and alleviate the tax burden on employers and seniors on fixed incomes and working families, Avella has sponsored nonsensical legislation that has nothing to do with bread and butter issues and he has aligned himself with the worst rascals in Albany. It is a profound disappointment.”
QGOP Law Chair Vince Tabone added “Joseph Concannon has the right stuff to serve us well in Albany in the best tradition of public service. As an officer who rose through the ranks in the NYPD he is a “brass tacks” kind of guy with the common sense and the intelligence to fight for our community and make a difference in Albany.”
The Queens GOP also endorsed Ralph Cefalo to run for assembly in the 26th AD. Ralph has a 35 year record of community service including a long tenure leading the Whitestone Volunteer Ambulance, and sundry other civic and community and church volunteer activities including the Order of the Sons of Italy. Ralph lives with his wife Paula and their two children in Malba, Queens and will contrast his extraordinary record of service with that of the freshman incumbent Assembly member.
About Joseph Concannon
Joseph is a lifelong Queens resident. He and his wife have three adult children Joseph is a founder of InfraGard’s NYC Alliance. His 25 year law enforcement career with the NYPD has broadly prepared him in understanding government and ranged from planning city-wide emergency management protocols and operations. During his career Mr.Concannon was responsible for developing the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management and coordinating the response to all large-scale emergencies within the City of New York.
In addition, Mr. Concannon was the senior analyst in the Mayor’s Office for all public safety agencies within the City of New York. Mr. Concannon has both internal and external investigative experiences with NYPD and the Mayor’s Office. Over the course of his career Mr. Concannon has been the recipient of over 17 NYPD awards and commendations.
The FBI has recognized Mr. Concannon locally in NYC as well as nationally for his commitment to national security and excellence as a leader in the security industry.
Mr. Concannon holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Public Administration from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. Mr. Concannon currently resides in Northeast Queens with his wife and three children.
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