Joined by City Comptroller John Liu and Congressman Anthony Weiner, Addabbo visited convenience stores and local restaurants to gather input on the economy from small business owners.
“This is simply good old-fashioned campaigning,” Addabbo said during his tour. “There are great businesses in this area, and it is very important to see what the issues are directly from constituents.”
Addabbo was trailed by a retinue of supporters handing out campaign posters and flyers. They were met by people who whipped out their cell phones to take pictures, and others who were less enthusiastic.
“I worry about every upcoming year when it comes to my restaurant,” said Nudaeng Clarke, the owner of Thailand Kitchen on Jamaica Avenue and 85th Street. “There have been too many tickets this year and our bicycles keep getting stolen almost every month.”
Liu said for struggling small business owners the long road to recovery starts with re-electing Addabbo.
“Senator Addabbo grew up here and that is why he is very energetic about fighting for his community and showing results that benefit middle-class families,” said Liu.
Weiner said Addabbo had the “right temperament” for the job.
A lifelong resident of Ozone Park, Addabbo was elected to the senate in 2008 after serving two terms in the City Council. He has focused on jobs and cutting crime, among other issues. He is running for re-election against Republican Anthony Como.