Lawn signs will be springing up all over the five counties just after Labor Day. Even if you don't put one up, you can make a donation to help cover the cost ($25 for about 5 signs). Pictured here is the New Rochelle Firefighters sign. The standard signs will look different from this one (not nearly as large!). Please make your contribution via the "donate" button to the left. Thank you again for your support. Sincerely, Jean Maisano & The Committee to Elect Jim Maisano Supreme Court Justice
So, Sunday was just a super day on the campaign trail. Jim, Jean and Michael headed to Freedom Park in Dutchess County for Sheriff Butch Anderson's fund raiser. Let us tell you, this Sheriff knows how to get it done! What a great event -- more than 1,000 people, a petting zoo, a jumping castle, a K-9 demonstration, live entertainment, a steak dinner...and the list goes on and on! Jean and Michael were a little distracted with so much to do, but Jim kept his eye on the prize and must have met everyone there! He was so touched by the generous offers of support and lawn sign sites. Jim looks forward to spending more time in Dutchess County. Thanks again to Sheriff Anderson (pictured below with Jim and Michael) for being a wonderful host and for welcoming Jim. Oh, did we mention there was a celebrity at the event? Check out the flickr photos and you'll see a famous face (here's a hint: quack)!
On Friday night, Jim and Michael attended Festa Italiana in downtown Peekskill, Westchester County. This event celebrates the Feast of the Assumption and gets a great turnout from the community. John Testa, Jim's colleague from the Board of Legislators, introduced Jim to everyone he know (and that was A LOT of people!). For Jim, the highlight was meeting so many wonderful, supportive people. For Michael, the best part of the night was eating fried Oreos (we know it's not a health food but it's OK to indulge every once in a while! Plus, Michael is logging quite a few hours on the campaign trail and needs to keep up his energy.). Jim says this is is a nice event and encourages people to stop by over the weekend. Check out flickr for more photos.
On Wednesday, August 11, Jim campaigned at a concert in West Harrison next to Silver Lake. Jim had a great volunteer team: Sue, Maggie & his son Michael. It was a big crowd and part of the entertainment was local kids from the summer camp program who sang and danced. Jim and the gang received a very warm reception and gave out fans and nail files. And the team enjoyed some pizza after the concert.
Well, it finally happened. You know the old expression about campaigning so hard that you wore a hole in the soles of your shoes? Jim did it and the photo below shows just how much walking he's done on the campaign trail! Today took him to the Indian-American Independence Day ceremony in Yonkers. This event celebrates India's independence from Great Britain. Next stop was the East Fishkill Republican Lobster Bake (yum!). The third and final stop of the day: the Pawling Firefighter Parade. Jim received a great reception at all the events. Tomorrow, he needs to take a break to buy a new pair of shoes!
With Jean and Michael back from visiting family in PA, Jim wasted no time in getting them back on the campaign trail. So, off they went to the Ossining Firefighters Parade. After attending at least 10 firefighter parades in the five counties, Jim is somewhat of an authority on the subject. He explained that firefighter parades are a tradition with the all-volunteer forces and include a competition. A proper presentation includes a band, marching and a display of the equipment/trucks. Pictured here is the Maisano family along with Ossining Town Republican Chair and Candidate for Town Trustee Stephen Dewey and Rosemarie Baker. Be sure to check out the flickr stream for more great photos from the parade!
Just so that no one thinks that Jim ONLY campaigns on the weekends, here's a mid-week update for you! On Wednesday night, Jim attended the Brewster Firefighters Parade in Putnam County. Here, he met a few hundred new friends and enjoyed another great parade. Don't forget to visit the photostream on flickr!
Busy, busy, busy -- three words that best describe Jim on the campaign trail. Thursday, July 22 was the summer concert in Scardsdale. Friday's rain storms canceled Jim's visit to the concert in Port Chester. On Saturday, Jim headed to a taxpayer rally in Putnam and finished the evening at the fireworks display in Tuckahoe. On Sunday, Jim took it easy by "only" attending three events: the Hispanic Heritage Festival at Kensico Dam; the Calandra Lodge Sons of Italy picnic in Yonkers; and a fund raiser in Tuckahoe benefiting the family of a fallen firefighter. Pictured here is Jim with Jose Alvarado, a colleague from the Board of Legislators. Concerned about the rigors of the campaign, Jose had Jim check his blood pressure while at the Hispanic Heritage Festival. No worries...campaigning agrees with Jim!! Check out more photo on Jim's flickr photostream.
Jim is proud to announce that the New Rochelle Uniformed Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 273 endorsed his campaign for Supreme Court Justice in the 9th Judicial District (Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Dutchess & Orange).
Byron Gray, President of the Uniformed Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 273, stated, “Jim has always been a good friend to the New Rochelle Fire Department during his time as a county legislator. We respect his dedication to the City of New Rochelle. The New Rochelle firefighters are convinced, based on Jim’s career experience and commitment to independence and fair and impartial justice, that he will be an excellent Supreme Court Justice. We plan to work hard to elect him this year.”
Jim stated, “I’m thrilled to have the endorsement of my hometown firefighters."
On Sunday, Jim attended the Polish American Festival at Kensico Dam in Westchester County. Later in the day, he headed to Tibbetts Brook Park for the Arab American Festival. Jim was encouraged by the great show of support he received at both events!