2009-02-18 / Front Page

Padavan Sworn In


New York State Supreme Court Justice Robert Hanophy administered the oath of office to state Senator Frank Padavan as Padavan's daughter, Allison, held the Bible during Padavan's swearing-in ceremony on Sunday, February 15. New York State Supreme Court Justice Robert Hanophy administered the oath of office to state Senator Frank Padavan as Padavan's daughter, Allison, held the Bible during Padavan's swearing-in ceremony on Sunday, February 15. On Sunday afternoon, February 15, state Senator Frank Padavan (R-C, Bellerose) took the oath of office during a swearing-in ceremony at Holy Cross H.S. in Bayside before a packed house of more than 800 supporters, community leaders and residents from throughout Northeast Queens. In his address following the oath of office, Padavan thanked the residents of the 11th Senate District for their endless support and renewed his call for unity and resolve to help build a stronger and brighter future for all New Yorkers.

"As I look out over this audience at the faces of civic, political, and community leaders and those who gave so much of themselves in so many ways I am humbled," Padavan told the audience. "You have made a difference in my life because you cared. These past six months have been an inspiration- thousands helped in ways too numerous to mention. We stood strong, ran a positive campaign, and once again we will be able to continue in our collective mission in protecting the communities we hold so dear and labor together to build a stronger and brighter future."

Padavan noted that the swearing-in ceremony took place the day before the federal holiday of Presidents' Day and in the course of a weekend celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of President Abraham Lincoln. "Without the sacrifice of Lincoln and countless other forefathers of our great country and nation we would not have the freedom and opportunities we have today," he pointed out. "Lincoln once said, 'I am a firm believer in people. If given the truth they can be depended upon to meet any national crises.' Like Lincoln, I believe that the very best of our nature, rises to the surface in times of crisis. We once again stand at the crossroads pivotal to our future.

"When times of crisis and uncertainty grip our nation and state, its faith in others, our fellow citizens and neighbors that allow us to rise above our circumstances and forge onward. It's a belief that has sustained us in tough times and propelled us to new heights of unity and growth. It is incumbent upon us to carry the Legacy of Lincoln forward to a new era."

Padavan concluded by noting, "Serious leadership will be necessary to develop the real and lasting solutions to the problems facing New Yorkers." He called on the state legislature to institute meaningful reforms to make state government more accountable to the people it represents, to spurn onerous tax increases on the middle class, develop an action plan allowing families to grow and that would help seniors to remain in the communities that they helped build. "We must continue to build a first-class education for our children so they can meet the ever evolving opportunities in the global economy," he added. He pledged to continue to work with his legislative colleagues "in ensuring that the pursuit of higher education is affordable and

that college graduates have an opportunity to remain in New York to build their professional futures", develop a long-term sustainable energy plan that focuses on alternative and renewable energy sources to lessen energy costs and build a cleaner and green New York and "fight against the dangerous health care cuts that threaten the quality of care for all New Yorkers".

Padavan, who has represented the 11th senate district for the past 36 years, was sworn in more than three months after the November 4 general election. The vote count was hotly contested by Padavan's Democratic opponent, City Councilmember James Gennaro (DJamaica Estates). Gennaro conceded victory to Padavan one day before a Queens Supreme Court Justice ruled that Padavan had won by 480 votes. Padavan is now the only Republican in the senate from New York City. His win gives the Republican minority in the state senate an additional vote, but Democrats still maintain senate majority and control of the upper house of the state legislature. State Senator Serphin Maltese, the only other city Republican representative, was defeated by Democrat Joseph Addabbo Jr. of Ozone Park/Howard Beach.

A graduate of Newtown H.S. and a member of its Alumni Hall of Fame, Padavan earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Brooklyn Polytechnic University in 1955 and a master's degree in business administration from New York University in 1963. A recipient of NYU's Distinguished Graduate Award, Padavan became a member of Brooklyn Polytechnic's Board of Fellows in June 1988 and was awarded the President's Medal in 2006. Prior to his 1972 election to the senate, he was employed for 14 years with the Westinghouse Electric Corporation and served four years as Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Department of Buildings. He attained the rank of colonel during a 30-year career in the Army Corps of Engineers that included serving as commanding officer of the 411th Engineer Brigade and chief of staff, 77th ARCOM, headquarters for New York state's Army Reserve. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command General and Staff College and completed the Defense Strategy Course. He is a life member of the Alley Pond Environmental Center and a member of the American Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers, Army Reserve Officers Association, American Legion and various civic, fraternal, and community service organizations. When the Republican Party constituted a majority in the state senate he served as vice president pro tempore and chairman of the senate majority immigration task force.

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