Quaglione scores three key police union endorsements
By John Alexander
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
John Quaglione, currently on leave of absence as deputy chief of staff to state Sen. Marty Golden, has landed three key police union endorsements in the midst of his run for the 43rd District City Council seat.
Quaglione has announced endorsements from the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA), the Detective’s Endowment Association (DEA) and the Lieutenants Benevolent Association (LBA). He previously received an endorsement from the Port Authority Sergeants Benevolent Association.
Golden, himself a former New York police officer, has strongly supported Quaglione for City Council and congratulated him on his most recent endorsements.
“These law enforcement organizations have a distinguished history of protecting the interests of police and correction officers, the sponsorship of law enforcement legislation and giving aid to their members and their families,” said Golden. “They support John Quaglione because he will fight for their members, their benefits, their safety and their families.”
The 43rd District City Council seat is currently held by Vincent Gentile, who cannot run again due to term limits. District 43 includes Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst.
“On behalf of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association [PBA] of the City of New York, it is my pleasure to announce our endorsement of your candidacy in the Republican primary for the 43rd New York City Council District,” said Patrick Lynch, president of PBA. He praised Quaglione’s commitment to addressing the issues affecting New York City police officers, and looked forward to working with the candidate “towards our shared goal of a stronger, safer New York.”
Quaglione said that he was thrilled to have Lynch’s and PBA’s support, adding, “I am thankful for the hard work and sacrifice of those assigned to the 68th and 62nd Precincts to keep us safe. I believe that it is important to increase the number of police officers patrolling our community, as well as creating an ‘Eyes on the Street database.’” The ‘Eyes on the Street database’ is a program Quaglione initiated that would directly link neighborhood residents with their local police precinct.
Both DEA and LBA praised Quaglione for being receptive to the needs and concerns of New York’s First Responders.
Of the DEA, that has a membership of more than 17,000 active and retired New York City police department detectives, Quaglione said, “There are no greater detectives in the world then those who serve in the New York City Police Department.”
Regarding the LBA endorsement, Quaglione said, “The men and women of the New York City Police Department deserve the respect of every elected official in this city, and they know they will surely get it with me. I am proud to be endorsed by the Lieutenants Benevolent Association.”