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(Bronx, NY) Founded in June 2013 by longtime community leader Ronn Jordan, Rolling Forward Politically Able (RFPA) is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with in Bronx politics. The mission of RFPA is to empower and educate disabled and senior voters about their rights and responsibilities in New York City politics. Representing two groups that have been historically overlooked and taken for granted. John Reynolds a founding member of RFPA said “We are proving that disabled voters have power and refuse to be ignored”.

On August 7th 2013 the candidates for the open seat in the 16th Council District met for a Candidates Forum moderated by BronxTalk host Gary Axelbank at the RFPA home base at Daughters of Jacob Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center (DoJ) with over 50 residents and members in attendance. “This event was a huge success and our members were pleased to actually meet the candidates in person. Which gives you better insight when making a decision”, said RFPA founding member and former organizer with 1199 SEIU Earl White. Rolling Forward Politically Able members will celebrate their first slate of candidates running for office in the Bronx, just in time for the 2013 Democratic Primary.

“As the President of 1.4 million Bronxites, I welcome the endorsement of the ‘Rolling Forward Politically Able’ organization. My administration has focused on the needs of the disabled community since my first days in office as Borough President. From having regular meetings with my Disability Advisory Council, to hosting a much needed Medicaid Redesign Forum, to having an important disability forum with FEMA in response to Superstorm Sandy, to participating in an annual disability mentoring day, my office at Borough Hall has shown that the needs of those often overlooked have a voice and are being served. I am proud to have the support of this organization, and my administration will continue to highlight the needs of our borough’s disabled community,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

When: September 4th, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Where: Daughters of Jacob Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center
1160 Teller Ave.
Bronx, NY 10456

Who: Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
16th Council District Candidate Vanessa Gibson
15th Council District Candidate Ritchie Torres
86th Assembly District Candidate Victor Pichardo


NYC Primary Season “Rolling” Into The Home Stretch

Candidates, Moderator and Rolling Forward Politically Able Founding Members

Top Left: Vanessa Gibson, BronxTalk Host Gary Axelbank, Dr. Bola Omotosho, Pedro Alvarez
Bottom Left Rolling Forward Politically Able Members: John Reynolds, Ronn Jordan, Lollie Singleton, Earl White

You never forget your first, and I will always remember the first event that Rolling Forward Politically Able (RFPA) organized as a huge success, the NY City Council 16th District Candidates Forum on August 7, 2013 at Daughter’s of Jacob Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center (DoJ). Unbeknownst to me the NYC Campaign Finance Board was denying Public Matching Funds on some of the candidates for the 16th District, so only three of the confirmed participants were able to attend. The attendees vying for the open Council seat were Pedro Alvarez, NYS Assemblymember Vanessa Gibson (who arrived late due to a scheduling mix up) and Dr. Bola Omotosho.

The candidates answered questions from the DoJ Residents Council and members of RFPA on access to Senior Services, Affordable Housing, Safe Streets and the Rights of the Disabled. The Forum was masterfully Moderated by the Host of BronxTalk Gary Axelbank, who will be hosting these same candidates in a Live Debate on his show Monday August 12, 2013 at 9:00 PM. Each of the candidates made a compelling case for why the packed room of voters should choose them to represent the 16th Council District. There are 193 registered Democrats residing at DoJ who could potentially decide who wins this race. Rolling Forward Politically Able will announce who they are supporting sometime next week.

I am so frustrated that the NYC Mayoral race has been obliterated by “Weiner-Gate”. While it may be very lucrative for comedians, the people of  New York City are being pushed aside once again. Instead of asking questions about affordable housing, education, income disparity and the lack of living wage jobs, the media won’t move away from Anthony’s “weiner”.  According to polls Weiner is seen as a pariah and obviously won’t get past September 10th, his deluded ego is the only thing keeping him in this race.  I’m looking forward to the first televised debate on August 13th on our local ABC station.

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