Floral Park, NY: Koshy Thomas, candidate for the New York City Council from District 23 in Queens, was hosted by the Indian community at the Santoor restaurant here to garner support for him and make him the first Asian Indian in the Council.
Koshy Thomas, in his speech, talked about his involvement with the community for the last 27 years and said he knows the community well and their concerns and aspirations. “I consider this upcoming election as a great opportunity to serve the people in the district. There is so much to be done in terms of helping the community. In these COVID times., if you look around in this district, there are so many small businesses closing down and hurting. They need help with tax breaks and other financial incentives to survive”, he said.
Dr. Annie Paul, Legislator from Rockland County, called for unity in the Indian community and encouraged everyone present at the meeting to get involved. “When I ran, people from all over the country extended help. I am expecting the same for Koshy’s campaign. This District has so many Asian Indians, and if we come together, victory is certain,” she said.
Aniayan George, President of FOMAA (Federation of Malayalee Associations of Americas), characterized Thomas as someone who identifies with the community regardless of their background and someone who has the energy, willingness, and capacity to elevate his contributions further as an NYC Councilman. “I believe Koshy Thomas can win this election, and he will be our first Asian Indian representation in the Council,” he added.
Father John Thomas, Vicar of the Orthodox Church in Jackson Heights, reminded people of our duty as responsible citizens to participate in the elections and especially to vote. He cited “the issue of non-participation in voting as one of the serious concerns involving our community.”
Denzel George, President of the North Hempstead Malayalee Association, reiterated the basic principle of faith and said, “we ought to believe in the candidacy of Koshy as the first step towards winning this great challenge.”
George Abraham, Vice-Chairman of the Indian Overseas Congress, encouraged the community to take advantage of this historic opportunity to place Koshy Thomas in the City Council. He lauded him for his work in the community in the last several decades as an indication of his commitment and dedication to serving the people. “Undoubtedly, for anyone to succeed in an election, it requires financial resources and manpower. There is no shortage of that in our community; the question is whether we are willing to help in the next two months to attain our goal,” he asked.
Robin Singh, representing the Caribbean community, said, “Koshy’s candidacy is appealing to all sectors of the community, and having known him over the years, I wholeheartedly endorse his candidacy and assure you of our support for his campaign.”
V. Abraham (Raju) described the success the campaign has had in terms of timely submission of the nomination forms and increased awareness of Koshy’s candidacy across the District.