On the Record
by Holly Tsang
Jul 14, 2009 | 18210 views | 0 0 comments | 701 701 recommendations | email to a friend | print
He may have been born in Brooklyn, but since relocating to Glendale 35 years ago, Mike Miller has proven he's more of a Queens boy at heart than most Queens natives you'll ever meet.

"I'm proud of a lot of things I've accomplished in my time here in my community, said Miller, a former board member and capital campaign director of the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council, past president of Glendale Kiwanis, and an active member of Community Board 5. "I was cleaning up my community before it was popular with politicians."

Now with 25 years of experience as branch manager of a federal credit union under his belt, he is ready to join their ranks: Miller is campaigning in the 38th State Assembly District.

"It's been a learning experience that has gotten me to this point, and at this point I felt it was time for me to go a little further, to be the one that represents the people as a whole, to write some laws, to get some legislation passed, instead of just relying on people all the time to do it for you," said Miller.

If elected, he wants to organize regular meetings between neighboring Queens communities because he believes most battle similar problems. With increased communication and collaboration, positive outcomes will be much more readily achieved.

Miller's priority issues include services for senior citizens, education, and support for veterans. He vowed to seek out affordable housing for seniors, provide students with solid educations and children's community centers, and secure funding for veteran programs.

"I know here in Glendale and Ridgewood, they struggle every year to find money to have a parade. Shouldn't be!" said Miller. "These are things that we should be doing to honor them, so I'll be supporting that."

Asked how he would gain the confidence of disgraced former Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio's disillusioned constituents, Miller did not dwell on Seminerio's faults but chose to focus on his own strengths instead."I'm going to gain their confidence by example, by doing all the things I said I was going to do," said Miller.

He promised constituents they would find in him a State Assemblyman devoted like no other.

"I'm not going to have another job, I'm not going to run a business, I'm not going to be the director of a senior center; I'm going to be an assemblyman, full-time," said Miller. "There's nothing else that's going to have my attention other than my district."

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