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2009 NYC Voter Guide: Candidate Profile: Thomas V. Ognibene

30th City Council District



Elizabeth S. Crowley Thomas V. Ognibene   

Elizabeth S. Crowley
[ D, WF ]

Thomas V. Ognibene
[ R, I, C ]


Thomas V. Ognibene


Party enrolled in: Republican

Occupation: Attorney

Occupational background: General practice of law for 35 years in Queens County

Educational background: C.W. Post College 1966-B.A., US Army Armor School 1968, Brooklyn Law School J.D. 1974

Organizational affiliations: Juniper Park Civic Association, Kiwanis, Order Sons of Italy in America, Catholic War Veterans, Vice-Chairman Christ the King Regional HS

Prior public experience: NYC Councilmember 1991-2001, Minority Leader NYC Council 1994-2001, Counsel to the NYC Districting Commission 2002-2003, Member NYS Housing and Buildings Code Council 1998-2002



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1. What is the most important issue in Council District 30 you would address if elected?

Limiting tax hikes by insuring the passage of recently introduced legislation requiring a 2/3 vote at the City Council before the administration can raise any tax.


2. What other important issues would you address if elected?

The following issues will need immediate action: continue Mayoral control of our educational system with an increased, substantive role for parents; reconfiguring Department of Transportation policies and practices regarding the placing and timing of traffic lights and other controls to eliminate congestion; insure residential "downzoning" to protect our neighborhoods from overdevelopment; take legal action against absentee landlords who turn their homes into SRO's; work closely with the Mayor's Office of Management and Budget to insure that limited capital funds are utilized in our district for parks, street repair, and to maintain a high level of police staffing by obtaining patrol cars, undercover vehicles and mobile command centers to insure a rapid police response; and require thorough environmental studies before a school is constructed.


3. What makes you the best candidate for this office?

At a time of serious economic constraints, my hands on knowledge and experience in City government and budgetary finances will give me the opportunity to maintain and insure the proper level of school funding, capital improvements and City agency services including police, fire and sanitation to best serve and protect our community. In addition, my staff members have and will utilize their considerable experience to work closely with civic associations and individual citizens to help solve their concerns and eliminate community nuisances.


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C = Conservative
D = Democratic
FJ = Freedom Justice
G = Green
I = Independence
JE = Jobs and Education
L = Liberal
LBT = Libertarian Party
NV = New Voice
P = Populist Party
PSL = Party for Socialism and Liberation
RTH* = Rent is Too High Party
R = Republican
SW = Socialist Workers Party
WF = Working Families

*Rent is Too Damn High was changed by the BOE to Rent is Too High after the printed Voter Guide had gone to press.