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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2016
The Rockaway Times
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AlanZwirn Is Running For Assembly
By DanGuarino
Alan Zwirn is trying something
new. And he’s jumping in with
two feet.
Zwirn wants to help the neigh-
borhood and area he loves. He
figured the best way to make a
difference was to get elected to
public office and that’s why he’s
campaigning to become 23rd
District NY State Assemblyman,
the position Assemblyman Phil
Goldfeder will soon be vacating.
The district covers Rockaway,
Broad Channel, Howard Beach,
HamiltonBeachandOzonePark.
ElectionDay is November 8.
“I’d like the opportunity to
work with the people here,” he
told the Rockaway Times, “to
help them move forward toward
their personal and community
goals.
“The backgrounds of the resi-
dents here might be diverse, but
somany are so similar, all having
somuch in common.”
He describes them as “family
oriented, sharing the common
threads of dreams, hopes, aspira-
tions and realities to better their
lives, and the lives of their chil-
dren.”
Zwirn knows that firsthand,
having raised two children in
Rockaway and lived here for 25
years. He’s had a career teaching
music in public schools, and at
BrooklynCollege and theCollege
of Staten Island. He’s been the
athletic director for a Brooklyn
sports club, and a Mentor with
LIU’s NYC Teaching Fellows. “I
also served as an elected UFT
Chapter Leader for five years.”
As for politics, Zwirn said, “I’ve
been a member of the Rockaway
Republican Club since 2008. I
was elected club President in
April, 2013.”
He has been involved in the
community as well. “I was a
member of the Board of Direc-
tors atWest EndTemple for seven
years. I’ve been the line produc-
er/stage manager for the annu-
al Little North Pole December
street performances since 2007.
And I am an active member of
the Graybeards.”
If elected, there are a number
of changes he’d like to see. Ex-
panding transportation options
is one of them. This, Zwirn said,
“is key to the growth of the local
economy, and the convenience
for residents.
“The promised return of the
Rockaway Ferry is a starting
point. But this should come with
schedule changes, with more
trains to Rockaway, on the A
train.”
He also favors “theQueensRail
plan that would provide a short-
er ride to midtown Manhattan.
And the city should reconsider
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Alan Zwirn marching in Broad Channel. (Photo by Dan Guarino)