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Checkin’ in with John Quaglione — a challenger of Councilman Vincent Gentile Challenger

Gentile rival trashes Ridge councilman

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John Quaglione is regular face around southern Brooklyn. As an aide to Councilman and later state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge), Quaglione has heard — and tried to answer — the concerns and complaints of hundreds of thousands of constituents for more than 15 years. And as a Bay Ridge native, he says his home neighborhood — along with Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, and Bath Beach — deserves better representation in City Hall than Councilman Vincent Gentile (D–Bay Ridge). Quaglione talked to us about why Gentile has to go, and why he’s the man to give the two-term councilman the boot.

Will Bredderman: So why shouldn’t Councilman Gentile be re-elected?

John Quaglione: Well, he voted against extending term limits, so how can he justify running for a third term? But the overriding issue is quality of life. The garbage pails are always full on the commercial avenues, the avenues are filthy, and that’s unfriendly to business. These stores are hanging on by their fingernails. And you can’t even pull over without the possibility of getting a ticket in this neighborhood. People go to the bagel store on Sunday mornings and they’re fighting with the traffic agents. And that’s bad for business. Nobody wants a $115 bagel. I got an example where a hearse got a ticket because they were in a No Standing zone in front of a funeral home.

WB: Sure, but how is that Gentile’s fault?

JQ: That’s the job of the councilman, to be that most local level of representation. You have to be out there with the regular people. When was the last time he held a town hall meeting? It was a couple years ago, at Our Lady of Angels, I was at it. You’ve got to get the small business commissioner in here to talk to the small business owners. You have to bring in the traffic commander of the neighborhood and take him on a tour, show him where the schools are, show where there needs to be a little leniency. The residential garbage that people put in those garbage pails is illegal, has there been a campaign to eliminate that? No. Has he mobilized people to go to city hall and go and protest the water bills going up? No. The buses along Third Avenue were cut, the R train is slow, so let’s get people organized and go protest in front of the Metropolitan Transit Authority. Elected officials do that all over the city, but not here. State Sen. Golden, when he was in the council, he funded an afternoon garbage pick-up. That’s gone. There used to be park clean-ups, there used to be bus stop paintings and fire hydrant paintings. That builds community character, pride in where you live. And legislatively, the councilman is weak. He goes to bat for 59 community board chairs and their parking permits, when there’s so many other issues. It’s outlandish.

WB: So why are you the man for the job? Why not your Tea Party opponent, Andy Sullivan?

JQ: I know Andy Sullivan, and I’ve recently learned where he stands on the issues. But I believe that I have a good read of what the real issues are in the neighborhood. And I put my garbage out, I change diapers, I go food shopping. I have a house here and a kid. I’m an average person. And that’s what people are looking for.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at wbredderman@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him at twitter.com/WillBredderman.

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magic mike says:
This guy wants us to vote for him because he changes diapers and shops at the supermarket?! Those are his qualifications?! This interview is priceless.
Feb. 15, 2013, 6:43 am
Noah says:
Is John Quaglione running against Michael Bloomberg or Vinny Gentile?

Quaglione mentions issues he has with the MTA and service cuts in the neighborhood but Quaglione's boss Marty Golden is a member of the Metropolitan Transit Authority Capital Review Board!!!!!
Feb. 15, 2013, 8:36 am
Guest says:
If he has truly been working in politics for 15 years then he knows that Councilmember Gentile is not to blame for the things he says. For a first shot across the bow, its a cheap hack move.
Feb. 15, 2013, 9:56 am
BR Mom from Bay Ridge says:
JQ is exactly what this neighborhood needs.
Feb. 15, 2013, 10:07 am
maureen says:
i wish john all the luck in the world because it's a free country and everybody has the godgiven right to run for public office but vinnie has done a great job for our community and continues to do a great job. i don't see how john could or would do any better.
Feb. 15, 2013, Noon
Barbara from Dyker Heights says:
Marty Golden did his part and sued the MTA for restorations and due to his efforts, we got the uptown/downtown express bus, and recently, weekend express bus service. Vim my took credit for that with Golden but I heard Golden footed the whole bill for the law suit. Golden tries. Gentile just acknowledges problems. go John!
Feb. 15, 2013, 9:57 pm
John from Bay Ridge says:
Vinny has already been in office ten years. What happened to term limits? Vinny is only allowed to run because of King Bloomberg's term limits decree. Ten years is long enough.
Feb. 16, 2013, 9:53 am
Ella from Bay Ridge says:
This man is a joke, his assertions are baseless and Gentile does more for the quality of life than Golden ever has.

Gentile, it is important to note LOST to Andrew Gounardes in Bay Ridge in last years' election. It was other neighborhood that get gifted new fire trucks (Gerrisen Beach) that tipped the scales in Marty's favor. That, Marty's ridiculous photo ops, anti-woman and anti-gay all appeal to a certain South Brooklyn constiuent that is changing drastically.

This is gerrymandering of the highest order, Golden is trying to stack the deck with his cronies. Don't be fooled, this man is Marty's mouthpiece and will be more of the same. I'd like to know EXACTLY how he would improve our quality of life. Instead of pointing out (spuriously in many cases) what Golden is not doing I want to hear point for point what he would do differently. A town hall is going to stop people from not curbing their dogs, garbage and small businesses closing?

Oh, gotta go, a glittery unicorn just flew by my window....
Feb. 17, 2013, 11:40 am
Democratic Party emissary says:
Jerry was right. I have “lost my mind” and am very concerned that John is a serious threat to the Councilmember. I will be “off-the-wall” in fear once John gets going. But in the end I know all these hacks can do is give us a lot of grief. Jerry was right.
Feb. 20, 2013, 10:16 am
Rosie from Bay ridge says:
Time for a change and John Q is the right man. He is a young family man living in the neighborhood and is very aware of the problems in the neighborhood. He shops in stores and speaks to the owners. That is very important to keep this neighborhood the way we want it.
Feb. 28, 2013, 5:39 pm
Calogero says:
So to summarize: Not only does John Quaglione change diapers but he also "shops in stores" and this is what makes him qualified to be our leader and representative at City Hall. My God, ELECT THIS MAN IMMEDIATELY!!
March 1, 2013, 2:26 pm
pat from cropsey ave says:
we would like to see brayan gottlib run for this position. we are not supporting gentile.
April 19, 2013, 7:38 am

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