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Platta Talks State Senate Run

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“Platta for Senate,” read some signs around town. Who is Slawek Platta? The Rockaway Times recently spoke with the state senate hopeful that will appear on the Republican primary ballot when you cast your votes on Thursday, September 13, and could take on State Senator Joseph Addabbo in November’s election.

Although Platta has the tough job of taking on an opponent that hails from Breezy Point, Thomas Sullivan, some “Platta for Senate” signs have been spotted around the peninsula, especially at local Polish businesses like Polo Euro Market and Kopernik. After all, Platta originally hails from Poland. Platta explained that he has been in the U.S. since 1999, when he went to study law at the University of Florida, but now residing in Middle Village, he proudly calls himself a Queens resident. Platta hopes to serve his neighbors by taking over the state senate seat for District 15, which covers not only parts of Rockaway and Breezy Point, but Howard Beach, Ozone Park, Woodhaven, Glendale, Middle Village, Maspeth and parts of South Ozone Park, Ridgewood, Rego Park and Sunnyside. To do so, he’s heavily focused on an issue that affects all Queens residents—fighting against large homeless shelters.

Platta doesn’t have any previous political experience, but he knows what it means to stand up for people. For the last 12 years, Platta has owned his own law practice, The Platta Law Firm, based in Manhattan. When he first started his career, Platta was working for different law firms in the city, practicing immigration law. When he first opened his own practice, it was a one-man show, with Platta working up to 18-hour days. “I worked hard to be successful. Then eventually I was able to hire more people and now we have a few attorneys and paralegals and the law firm is doing very well,” he said. After establishing a successful business, Platta was inspired by another businessman-turned-politician to throw his own hat into the political race for state senate.

“I was inspired by the 2016 election of our current president. It showed me that this is a time where people who are successful in business can do more for other people, not just through business, but in public service,” Platta said. And while it’s Platta’s first run for office, this isn’t his first campaign. In 2017, he campaigned to become the grand marshal of the NYC Pulaski Day Parade, and he won the election. “This gave me some experience dealing with public service in the Polish American community and that experience drove me to enter public service on a larger scale,” Platta said. “I realized that I can be helpful, not just in my law practice for the smallest of cases, but for a much broader community, where I can bring my legal experience and public service experience to the table and make sure we have better solutions to certain problems that we face in District 15.”

 

By Katie McFadden / The Rockaway Times

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