Democrat, John J. Ciafone, the son of an immigrant, was born, raised, schooled and continues to work and live in our Community along with his wife and three Children.
Ciafone is the product of Public Schools in our neighborhood and was elected to Community School Board 30. serving as its President; the Children and Parents in our Public Schools of Astoria, Long Island City, East Elmhurst and Jackson Heights.
John Ciafone is an award-winning Trial Attorney serving the needs of our Community for over 25 years. Ciafone also serves as Administrative Law Judge/Hearing Officer. Ciafone an EMT/EMS, volunteers his time and was recently awarded a Hero in Healthcare for his service in COVID 19.
Ciafone also conducts free seminars and webinars for seniors and writes a weekly law column for the people of our community.ISSUES
The Politicians have destroyed our Community by protecting criminals and not victims. Law Enforcement has been demonized. The closing of Rikers Island and the elimination of jails will be devastating. The Communist Agenda will destroy businesses and homeowners in our Community like Amazon. They will legalize Marijuana and Prostitution attacking our values & families.
I was born and raised in Astoria. I went to the Public Schools in our neighborhood and Worked here all my life. I’m married and raising a family. I was elected to Queens Community School Board 30 with the highest number of votes. I am an award-winning Trial Attorney who maintains a Law Office on Steinway Street. I am the Executive Leader of the Aldo's Democratic Organization. I am a New York State Certified Mediator and Small Claims Court Arbitrator. I am an Administrative Law Judge/Hearing Officer. I am an EMT/EMS Paramedic trained volunteer who won the Health Care Heroes Award for Service during the Covid19 Pandemic.
John J Ciafone, City Council Candidate and Curtis Sliwa, Mayoral Candidate, recently attended the Rally to defend School Safety Officers, Teamsters Union 237, in City Hall Park. The City Council is proposing removing them from our Public Schools and eliminating NYPD supervision.
ASTORIA, QUEENS — Democratic voters in New York City's 22nd Council district, which includes Astoria, Rikers Island, parts of Jackson Heights, Woodside and East Elmhurst, will see six names on their ballots when they vote in the June 22 primary election. One of those names will be John Ciafone, an attorney. Patch reached out to all candidates in the election to create these profiles. Ciafone's responses are below.
City Council District 22
Wife Gina, and three children John, Anthony & Paul
Juris Doctor St. John's University School of Law Certified NYS EMT/EMS
A Trial Attorney for over 27 years winning numerous awards. An Administrative Law Judge/Hearing Officer. A NYS Certified Arbitrator and Mediator. A certified EMT/EMS winning the Covid 19 Healthcare Hero award.
Judicial Delegate President of Queens Community School Board 30
All the candidates running in the race want to defund the police and some want to eliminate the Police entirely. They believe hiring more social workers can solve the problem with crime. As a Certified EMT/EMS, I respond to 911 calls with dangerous persons and the Police often prevent dangerous incidents from occurring. Without Law Enforcement, the Criminals and Gangs will run our streets and crime will escalate in our communities. These candidates aggrandize the rights of criminals to the detriment of victims and community residents. These candidates want to close Jails. Where will we put violent career criminals? In hotels? All the candidates were opposed to AMAZON in Long Island City- even though we could've had over 20,000 jobs even union jobs. Amazon promised a new public school, a new park and recently provided 2.2 Billion dollars for Affordable Housing. Not to mention all the collateral businesses such as restaurants, bars cafes, delis, dry cleaners, laundromats, hair salons, pizzerias, and cabbies that could have benefited.
Crime is the number one issue in this race. Our community is only as good as the safety, each and everyone of us feel at home, on the street, in the parks, in the schools and on the subways. Yet each of the candidates in the race want to defund the Police and some want to eliminate the Police-altogether. We can not demonize our Police and celebrate the criminal. Our Police are not racist, and the rank and file is the most diverse in the Country. While we have some bad police officers, there are bad Lawyers, Judges, Doctors, Teachers and Politicians. Do we eliminate all of these professions? No Crime affects our communities in many ways: Hurting children in Schools; Destroying small business in our communities. I would refund the Police and support Law Enforcement and Crime Victims- not Criminals! I have been endorsed by all the Law Enforcement Unions.
I am a Common Sense, Blue Collar Democrat. The other Candidates are all running to the far left of the other. I will support victims of crimes, Seniors and Law Enforcement, not the Criminals. I will fight for our Childrens' and Parents interests- not the Special Interests and Unions. I want to reduce taxes, fines and fees choking small businesses and homeowners - which is chasing businesses out of our Community as the politicians did with Amazon.
The prior representatives have failed our community in closing or revamping the Power Plants in Astoria and Ravenswood, which continues to make this the most dangerous health environment with high asthma rates and cancer rates. The Candidates running in this race are to the extreme left and want to get rid of the Police and eliminate the Jails. Some of the Candidates want all out Communism and want to take people's property and redistribute wealth.
Local officials performed poorly during Covid 19. I saw it first hand as a certified EMT/EMS first Responder who was awarded the Healthcare Hero Award for being a first responder during Covid 19. We lost so many loved ones due to improper care in Hospitals and Nursing Homes. The City and State provided wrong information causing additional deaths.
I want to help preserve our community where I was born, raised schooled and continue to work. I will be beholden to the Community Residents, not the Politicians, political bosses, special interests and unions. I will fight for crime victims, senior citizens, Law Enforcement, Children, Parents, Small Businesses and Homeowners for their survival. I am a common sense Democrat urging our community to stand up and fight to save our community.
I am an award winning Trial Attorney practicing in our community for over 25 years. I am a volunteer EMT/EMS first Responder who was awarded the Healthcare Hero award for my service in Covid 19. I was elected twice with the highest number of votes to Community School Board 30, serving as its Treasurer and President, the children and parents in Astoria, Long Island City, Woodside, Sunnyside, East Elmhurst, Corona and Jackson Heights.
Work hard and be honest and represent the community in their best interests -not your own interests
Our community is being destroyed by the actions and positions of elected officials who want to eliminate Police and Jails and want criminals and gangs to run our streets. They want to take out School Safety Officers and Metal Detectors in our Schools- further endangering our children and causing their destruction with the legalization of Marijuana, Prostitution and Sports Gambling.