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June 25th, 2008

COUNCILMEMBER ERIC GIOIA JOINS SUPPORTERS AT A MEET AND GREET IN THE SOUTH VILLAGE.

by Joelle Panisch


Eric Gioia and Julie Nadel.

Political leaders from all over downtown came out to meet Councilmember Eric Gioia Tuesday night at Rocco’s Restaurant in the South Village.

Gioia—currently Councilmember to the Queens neighborhoods of Woodside, Sunnyside, Maspeth, and Long Island City as well as the Chair of the Council Investigations Committee—is running for Public Advocate next year. While well known in Queens and Brooklyn, he is now making himself familiar to Manhattan political leaders and activists. His campaign is planning at least 100 of these get-togethers to introduce Gioia to Manhattan residents and to let voters hear about his views and plans for the city.


Ray Cline.

Gioia is best known for his advocacy to improve education in impoverished areas, alleviate child hunger and protect the environment. As Chairman of the City Council Oversight and Investigations Committee he has conducted over fifty investigations into “inefficiency, waste and mismanagement, and worked to make government cost less and work better.” Gioia is a known ally of Council Speaker Christine Quinn.


Nancy Bannon.

Among the many in attendance were Ray Cline of the Village Reform Democratic Club, Andy Neale, Carol DeSaram, Julie Nadel, Richard Barrett, Michael Kramer, and attorney David Kaminsky.

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