Sunday, July 26, 2009

Queens, New York - 25 NYC Council District Candidate Stanley Kalathara Marshals Colombian Day Parade

Queens, New York - 25 NYC Council District Candidate Stanley Kalathara Marshals Colombian Day Parade

City Council candidate Stanley Kalathara joined thousands of New Yorkers in celebrating the diversity of Queens on Sunday at the Colombian Day Parade. Kalathara served as International Marshall for the parade – another feather in the cap of the candidate, a widely respected community leader.

As part of his participation, Kalathara sponsored of group of dancers of Chinese descent. The dancers were among the many attractions featured in the parade, which took place on Northern Boulevard between 69th Street and Junction Boulevard.

"Queens is the most diverse place in the world," Kalathara said. "As an immigrant from India, I know that new New Yorkers love their country and the opportunities it provides. In the City Council, I will work to make sure immigrants and the middle class have every opportunity to achieve the American Dream."

Through his law practice, Kalathara has provided services for Colombian-Americans, helping them attain citizenship and representing them pro bono or at reduced rates when they are intimidated by predatory lenders or landlords.

"It was an honor to have attorney Kalathara as the International Marshall," said Rafael Castellar, president of the Colombian Day Parade.

On Sunday, Kalathara joined thousands of Latinos in celebrating Colombia’s 199 years of independence.

"Colombian culture is alive and well in Queens," said Kalathara. "Colombian-Americans are business owners, service providers and laborers. They are a tremendous piece of our community."

Kalathara’s leadership in the parade comes just days after he presented over 4,000 signatures on his nominating petitions – a tremendous display of grassroots power.

"People are hungry for change," Kalathara said. "They’ve had enough of political insiders, of City Councilmembers who appoint themselves a third term against the will of the voters, of backroom self-dealing.

"I’m not a professional politician. I represents the people. I’m the candidate for real change."

Kalathara will also be participating in the upcoming Ecuadorian and Dominican parades to honor and show his support for the district’s diversity and Queens’ unique multicultural character.

A Corona-based attorney, Kalathara is running as a Democrat in the 25th Council District, which includes all or parts of Jackson Heights, Corona, Elmhurst, East Elmhurst, Lefrak City, Rego Park and Woodside. The primary election is September 15.


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