Friends of Heidi Harrison Chain
118-20 Queens Boulevard
Forest Hills, NY 11375
72-11 Austin Street
Forest Hills, NY 11375
When most New Yorkers woke up Sunday morning and saw rain outside, they probably just rolled over and went back to sleep. Not the case for supporters of Heidi Harrison Chain (D-Forest Hills), a candidate for City Council in the 29th District, which includes the Queens neighborhoods of Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill, Maspeth and Elmhurst.
The Chain campaign opened its campaign office at 118-20 Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills to a packed house of over 50 enthusiastic supporters representing a cross section of her district. Even before the event started at 11 a.m., over a dozen supporters had showed up, waiting in the rain for the office to open and the grand opening to officially begin.
"I'm running for City Council because we can't afford any more 'business as usual,'" Chain said. "I'm not a career politician. I'm not running for a job -- I'm running to do a job for you."
The supporters pledged to volunteer for Chain to spread he r message of community empowerment, and donated almost $2,000 to the campaign, many in amounts of $18 and $180.
"I've been at the forefront of working with the city agencies to better our community," Chain said. "I've lived my entire life in our community and worked to make our streets safer, improve our quality of life, improve our schools, and fight for our seniors."
An experienced community leader and lifelong resident of the 29th Council District, Chain serves as president of the 112th Precinct Community Council, chairs Community Board 6's Economic Development and Youth Committees, and is the chief of the Forest Hills/Rego Park Community Emergency Response Team.
Chain will use her experience in public safety , working together with the NYPD and the community, and will fight for funding to hire more cops to make our streets safer.
"Public safety is an investment in our community," Chain said. "A neighborhood can't function if families don't feel safe in their homes and on their streets. Increased safety trickles down to local businesses and enriches the entire community."
A director in the city's Department of Finance, Chain is running on a platform of fiscal responsibility. “I work on a daily basis for 20 years with many city agencies, I have drafted legislation and have often been responsible for implementing legislation for the city.” Chain said.
“We can make our community better,” Chain said. "I will fight to cut taxes and eliminate wasteful spending. My council office will have a phone line available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We will provide direct communication to our residents and businesses.
"My Council office will help residents of the district receive tax exemptions they may not be aware of, and will work to prevent increases in the real estate taxes for families in Queens."
"There was great enthusiasm in the room," said Linda Hoffman, a retired chemistry professor from Forest Hills.
Hoffman supports Chain because "she's worked here for so many years. When people try to think about everything she's done for the community, they wind up a little bit awed."
Chain is seeking the open seat vacated by current Councilmember Melinda Katz (D-Forest Hills), who is running for Comptroller. Residents of the district are welcome to drop by the campaign office at any time to volunteer, speak with campaign staff, or just say hello.