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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2016
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O’Reilly Running For Congress
By Dan Guarino
Tell Mike O’Reilly that running
for office is like a job interview,
and he quickly replies, “It’s a
huge interview. And there’s a lot
of bosses – the voters!”
O’Reilly is diligently pursuing
the job of U.S. Congressman for
New York’s 5th Congressional
District, which spans Queens
and Nassau County. It includes
such diverse communities as
Jamaica, South Ozone Park,
Franklin Square, Valley Stream,
Queens Village, Elmont and
Rockaway and Broad Channel.
O’Reilly, a Broad Channel res-
ident, is a former airline pilot,
lawyer, broker and former U.S
Marine. Although he previously
ran for Queens Civil Court Judge,
he has not held elected office.
Why is he running now? “One
word,” he says, “Corruption.”
“The (current) corruption just
gets under my skin. Look, when
you have a corrupt politician,
he’s not looking out for you.
He’s not looking at education or
jobs, transportation, immigra-
tion. He’s just looking at the next
crack in the system that he can
gain from, not the issues that af-
fect all of us.”
At his campaign headquarters
on Cross Bay Boulevard, O’Reil-
ly tells the Rockaway Times that
during WWII his father was a
Marine fighting his way across
the Pacific at age 17.
“It galls me to have self-serv-
ing politicians flush all that he
fought for down the drain.”
Why Congress? “We’ve been
blessed with great local officials,
likeUlrich andGoldfeder.Where
I see the most corruption is in
Congress. It’s not a party issue.
“We need to rebuild our gov-
ernment. As they say, a journey
of a thousand miles starts with
the first step. It’s not going to
happen overnight.”
O’Reilly feels that starts locally.
“When I hear the words ‘It’s not
a congressional issue,’ my an-
swer is everything is a congres-
sional issue. If it’s an issue for a
constituent, it is an issue for me.”
“Obviously I am an attorney.
I am pretty analytical. But I am
also extremely available. I can go
out and talk to people. I go to civ-
ic meetings, churches, mosques,
wherever I can go, and listen.”
What are the issues that top his
list?
“Transportation.The ferry, the
Queens Rail, these need to be
pursued.
“We have a horrendous tax
system. We need to have a sys-
tem that encourages businesses
to take a chance and createmore
jobs.”
“I want to change it to a fairer,
less complicated system. I’d like
to reduce it to three levels, and
close all the loopholes to make
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O’Reilly and enthusiastic supporters. Photo by
Dan Guarino