Arcabascio looks to challenge Katz for Queens beep
by Andrew Pavia
Oct 16, 2013 | 3996 views | 0 0 comments | 92 92 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With 33 years experience in the technology industry and 13 years running his own business, Tony Arcabascio believes that it’s time someone other than a politician serve as Queens borough president.

The Astoria native is running on the Republican line, but considers himself a moderate and common sense leader.

“This position does not require a legislator or a law degree,” said Arcabascio. “I’m not a big fan of what a lot of politicians do. They love these photo ops, but then a year later nothing is done.”

He didn’t decide to throw his hat into the ring until May because he said he was waiting for someone he could support, but that person never emerged.

However, he did state that one of his former competitors would make a good addition to the office.

“I would welcome the opportunity to have Peter Vallone, Jr. as my deputy borough president,” said Arcabascio. “I know where his heart is and I can trust him.”

Vallone lost the Democratic Primary to Melinda Katz, the frontrunner for the seat. Katz accused Vallone of being part of the Republican agenda, and is now using that same tactic against Arcabascio.

“The Republican Party hasn’t given me a nickel,” he said. “The overall theme of my campaign is better quality of life for the borough of Queens. The focus is on safety, better opportunity for people and jobs. I think that we can do a better job of promoting Queens also.”

He also plans to focus on issues facing seniors in the borough. With an 89-year-old mother to care for, he has firsthand experience of the problems seniors face.

Arcabascio said he would start with revamping the Access-A-Ride program and ensure that funding for senior centers is secured.

“We need to be able to take care of people who took care of us,” he said. “Right now, they’re being abused.”

On tourism, Arcabascio wants people to not only visit Queens, but also spend their money there.

“We need to build a theater district in Queens,” he said. He believes the perfect place for a theater district would be in Jamaica due to the neighborhood's “great transportation.”

In addition to bringing a stage to Queens, he would try to revive Playland in the Rockaways and build a convention center next to Resorts World casino.

Arcabascio said he is against the development at Willets Point and the proposed Major League Soccer stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

“If I’m elected, I will make them review every document before they put one shovel into the ground; I want total transparency,” he said. “I don’t care what anybody says, I’m going to be their worst nightmare.

“No one holds these politicians feet to the fire,” he added. “That is part of my frustration and why I’m running.”

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