Albert Baldeo, center right, head of the south Queens-based United Communities Alliance, was honored by political leaders including Gov. David Paterson, second from left, Tuesday night at the organization’s gala celebration.
Baldeo also announced his candidacy for the City Council seat representing District 28, formerly held by the late Tom White Jr., who died Aug. 27. A special vote to succeed White will be held Nov. 2, Election Day.
The governor thanked Baldeo for his leadership, hard work and sacrifice to uplift others, his advocacy and resilience to fight for a better quality of life, his work with elected officials and area leaders to find solutions to issues and his ability to unite diverse communities.
State Senate Majority Leader John Sampson, Congressman Anthony Weiner, state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr., Assemblyman Mike Miller, Assemblywoman Audrey Phefferand City Councilman James Sanders also saluted Baldeo for his civic leadership.
The officials did not, however, formally endorse him in the race to succeed White.
Baldeo said he is running because “I have received hundreds of requests from diverse groups of people from every corner of this district to be their council member, and I answered their call.”
He and the governor are joined here by world-famous cricketer Clive Lloyd, left, whom the governor presented with a proclamation, and Dr. Philip Baldeo. Behind them are Sampson and Sanders.
— Peter C. Mastrosimone