By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
John Quaglione, a Republican hoping to unseat longtime Democratic Councilman Vincent Gentile, said his campaign got off to a flying start by raising an impressive $30,000 in its first two weeks.
Quaglione’s campaign filed its first financial report to the New York City Campaign Finance Board on March 18. Quaglione brought in $30,000 in contributions from 162 individuals, 121 of whom live within the 43rd Council District 43, according to the filing.
Quaglione’s campaign began raising money on March 4. Quaglione officially announced his candidacy to a room full of supporters at a Bay Ridge restaurant on March 11. The campaign kickoff also served as a fundraiser. The candidate, who plans to take part in the city’s campaign finance system, said he has met the thresholds for maximum matching contributions.
All campaign money was raised through small donations, according to the campaign filing, which showed that the average contribution was under $200.
Quaglione said he was pleased with the success of his campaign kickoff event. “I was humbled to be joined by 150 members of my community. My family, friends, and neighbors stood with me because they know we can do better,” he said.
“I am proud to raise my family in this community, but we must ensure that the lives of the average resident are made easier, not harder. We must protect our small businesses from endless regulation, our middle class from ever increasing taxes and fees, and our communities from the ever growing quality of life issues, including crime and safety,” he said.
Quaglione, the deputy chief of staff to state Sen. Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southern Brooklyn), will likely face fellow Republican Andy Sullivan in a GOP Primary. The winner will take on Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst), who is considered a formidable incumbent. Gentile, who has been in the council for 10 years, is expected to be a prodigious fundraiser.