PHOTO: Pheffer Amato (second from r.) opened her campaign headquarters last Friday with help from some familiar faces, including her mom, Queens County Clerk Audrey Pheffer (from l.), State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr., and City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley. Courtesy of Stacey Pheffer Amato
By Michael V. Cusenza
South Queens Assembly candidate Stacey Pheffer Amato last week hosted supporters at the formal grand opening of her campaign headquarters in Rockaway Beach.
The Democrat, who is vying to succeed Phil Goldfeder in the 23rd District, welcomed more than 100 guests to the Rockaway Beach Boulevard office.
“Truly overwhelmed by such a strong showing of support from my friends, family and community!” Pheffer Amato wrote on her Facebook page last Thursday evening. “Thank you to everyone who came out to help me open my office tonight and kick start our campaign! I could not have asked for a better night!”
It’s been a busy week for the Rockaway Democratic district leader. On Tuesday, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East and the New York State Nurses Association endorsed Pheffer Amato.
“Stacey’s commitment to ensuring every family receives the best possible healthcare makes her the clear champion of working New Yorkers and the values we hold dear,” said Helen Schaub, 1199SEIU vice president for Policy and Legislation. “At a time when healthcare is transforming, she will fight for access to needed services and high quality jobs. Stacey will be a powerful voice in Albany for the working people of Queens.”
Goldfeder stunned colleagues and constituents in June when he announced that he would not seek a fourth term in Albany. The popular pol’s next stop will be Yeshiva University, where he is slated to step in as director of Government Relations in January.
Goldfeder quickly endorsed Pheffer Amato, calling her “that strong voice who will continue our work to ensure every family can recover from [Superstorm] Sandy, have access to transportation, and look forward to a better future for themselves and their children.”