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Lawyer makes case for NYS Senate seat

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Slawomir Platta was inspired to run for state Senate after seeing Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election. A civil litigation lawyer, Platta has focused his campaign on homeless shelters and has started the “No Homeless Shelter Party.” Slawomir Platta was inspired to run for state Senate after seeing Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election. A civil litigation lawyer, Platta has focused his campaign on homeless shelters and has started the “No Homeless Shelter Party.” Photo: David Russell

Slawomir Platta wants to apply his business acumen to state politics

A career in business can lead to having success in a political office, according to Slawomir Platta, a Republican candidate for New York State Senate.

“I worked very hard to become who I am, to become an attorney and that also brings some experience fighting for the smallest people in our community,” Platta said in a sitdown interview with the Chronicle editorial board on Thursday.

He is running to be the GOP nominee against state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach). Republicans will choose between Platta and candidate Tom Sullivan on Sept. 13.

If there’s any doubt about what his primary concern is, Platta started the “No Homeless Shelter Party” in response to the influx of shelters coming to Queens. “I’m not against homeless people, I’m against homeless shelters without any regard to the community,” Platta said.

He visited a protest site in Ozone Park and wonders what happens if there are problems with the shelters. Platta said that some residents are putting their homes up for sale. “They worked very hard their entire life to buy a home and now the government is going to tell them, you know what, that’s very nice but I’m going to build another place next to you that’s going to diminish the value of your home significantly and possibly ruin you,” Platta said. “That’s almost like eminent domain without paying.”

Platta arrived in America from Poland almost 20 years ago. He graduated from the University of Florida and worked for law firms before opening a practice where he was the only employee. He now runs his practice with other attorneys. Platta’s focus is civil litigation and personal injury cases.

According to Platta, his “No Homeless Shelter Party” has collected about 4,000 signatures. He said that he is not actually against shelters but rather large shelters. “It’s all about manageability,” Platta said.

 

by David Russell, Associate Editor

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  • Published in: the Queens Chronicle