A group of Indo Caribbeans organized a fundraiser on evening of August 11 at a Richmond Hill Guyanese restaurant where they endorsed Senator Joseph Addabbo for re-election. The event was organized by well known real estate broker and community advocate Romeo Hitlall.
Indo Caribbeans have consistently supported Addabbo. His district encompasses areas where thousands of Indo Guyanese are settled including parts of Little Guyana, Woodhaven, Howard Beach, Ozone, etc.
Senator Addabbo, a former NYC Councilman, was first elected to the Senate in 2008. He is seeking re-election for the eighth two year terms.
Addabbo has been a good supporter of the Indian Caribbean community. He has done work in the Senate for the district to access high-quality public services and gas and stood on the side of Indians during crisis.
In the past, Addabbo received grassroots support from members of the community including phone banking, door knocking, and literature distribution on the streets and house to house. This writer campaigned for Addabbo manning phone banks for the UFT in his first election to the Senate in 2008 thru every election till 2020. The union endorsed his election and re-elections. This writer also did grass roots campaigning for Addabbo’s father Joe Addabbo Sr who served decades in the US House of Representatives thru the 1980s. A proud Italian American, Joe Sr was a dear friend of Indian Americans who did several fundraisers for him.
Community advocate and organizer Romeo Hitlall said: “Senator Joe Addabbo has been a consistent advocate for our community. His work doesn’t go unnoticed. He was there condemning the attack on the Gandhi statue. The community has concerns and they feel Addabbo will listen and work on our behalf and on behalf of the people of the district. We know he will continue to be a champion of our community”.
The attendees, including businessman Bhola Ramsundar, at the fundraiser said they are proud to endorse him and look forward for his continued service in the district. They note that Senator Addabbo has proven time and again that he is a tireless advocate on our community.
Addabbo said he is honored to have the endorsement of members of the Indian Caribbean American community and commits to championing their causes.