ALBERT BALDEO: BIOGRAPHY
Queens Tribune/Press of
South East Queens probably analyzed Albert Baldeo best when it endorsed
a champion of the oppressed in September 2008: “While
Baldeo’s abrasive style
of bare-knuckle politics may not win him many allies in the political
establishment, it’s been effective in voicing the concerns of his
community…If’s there’s one person qualified to
represent the underdogs, it’s
Baldeo.” He is popularly called the Al Sharpton of Richmond
or the Cheddi Jagan of New
Baldeo, a District Leader, a Community Advocate, a Delegate to the
Convention, a County Committeeman and a
Civil Rights Leader, has dedicated his life to helping his fellow man.
He is an
community leader and grass roots organizer, frequently referred to as
breath of fresh air."
He has won
institutional and widespread respect for his dedication to uplifting
families and communities. In the 2006 State Senate elections,
Albert earned the
support and trust of the diverse voters in this district, by fighting
changes and exposing the stranglehold special interests, lobbyists
cronyism exert on democracy. After great sacrifice, blood, sweat
his grass roots efforts almost won the seat with 49% of the votes cast.
strong, independent showing against the powerful 20 year
incumbent paved the way for Councilman Joe Addabbo to finish Albert's
of defeating Maltese and taking back the State Senate from dysfunction,
watershed event in our political history. Albert got rave reviews, for
"a very special person who made the gut wrenching decision of putting
aside his personal ambitions, and to join forces to fight for the
Baldeo is a driven community activist and impassioned advocate, who
alliances with everyone, fights for issues that affect our quality of
makes communities stronger. A former judge and prosecutor, he is also
arbitrator, mediator, lecturer and columnist. He dedicated his law
benefit the public, senior citizens, working families, our
kids and small
businesses in education, housing, real estate and health care law
for over 25 years.
makes many proposals to implement changes in the law to better serve
Albert has been involved in the community in many different ways. He is
Founder and President of the United Communities Alliance,
The Richmond Hill/Ozone Park Democratic club, and the Baldeo
Community Outreach, Citizenship and Voter Registration Assistance Center. He is
President of the Baldeo Community, Citizenship, Youth, Seniors and Welfare Center,
Co-President of the
Medical and Legal Assistance Center, Chairman
Community Empowerment Congress, President of the Community
Crime Prevention Watch, the Coalition against Hate Crimes and the Alliance against
free legal consultations and legal assistance, and sponsors and
educational seminars to the public. He is a regular contributor and
in various media, relentlessly advocating for changes. He and his
Philip Baldeo, provide food, clothing, medical supplies and cash
and to the Guyana Flood, Tsunami, Katrina, Haiti and Pakistan victims
and to the poor
and needy in our community.
dedication and exemplary fights, Albert earned many City Council
for Outstanding Political Activism, Citations from the State Senate and
Assembly for his exemplary and distinguished record of service to the
community, Congressional Awards for Community leadership, the Nassau
Citation for his Selfless Commitment to His Fellowman that warrants
and gratitude, Hillary Clinton's and President Obama's
his generous contributions and support, the Queens Borough President's
the Polish American Congress for his leadership achievements, the
Americans Democratic Organization of NY for his civic, social and
leadership and several other Community Leadership Awards.
forced politicians to be accountable to their
constituents, exposes cronyism and special interests, and ensures that
needs and concerns of all constituents are met. His efforts have
greater attention to the unfair political process, and have empowered
constituents in areas that need intervention and advocacy. The
has enhanced our quality of life, found solutions for those who needed
ensured greater participation in our democratic process, and has
changed the lives of many.
knows why he is involved in the political struggle. "I
am not a professional politician, but a fighter and advocate for our
seniors, parents, neighbors and working families, who will do the right
for my constituents to secure a better quality of life."
INSIDE ALBERT BALDEO'S LEADERSHIP & TRACK RECORD
assists and encourages new Americans to become US citizens,
register to vote, become civic and community minded and exercise their
vote. He advocates for community empowerment, political representation
levels of government, constitutional and human rights and fair
redistricting-to make our lives better, and enjoy our fair
- He is a fierce defender
and vibrant advocate for workers' rights.
- He opened the first Community Assistance Center and Voter Registration Drive in our community.
- He gave free legal
advice to all, and performed pro bono legal services in appropriate
cases based on need, to level the playing field. He has empowered
thousands to live the American Dream, in securing American citizenship
for them, fighting for civil liberties and social and economic justice,
and in representing them in the purchase and sales of their homes and
advising corporations, partnerships and small businesses.
- He voluntarily assists
crime victims to secure compensation and reimbursements from the Crime
Victims Compensation Board, which puts them back on their feet again.
- He and his brother, Dr.
Philip Baldeo, assist victims of homelessness, natural disasters and
catastrophes, by giving medical, food, monetary and other assistance to
them, such as 9/11, Tsunami, Katrina, Jamaica hurricanes, Italy's earthquake and Guyana's flood relief.
- He led a petition drive
to make our school buses safer and have routes reinstated on behalf of
our suffering kids, to have smaller class sizes, certified teachers,
more after school programs, computers, and science labs.
- He led a petition drive
to keep Aqueduct open as a disaster shelter and as a winterized race
track. Now, he is fighting for jobs, collective bargaining and wages at
the Aqueduct development Resorts World.
- He formed an Alliance to combat Air and Noise
Pollution in the environs affected by JFK Airport traffic, advocating for
relief for those suffering from environmental diseases like pneumonia,
asthma and cancer.
- He brought a class action
lawsuit on behalf of 25,000 co-operators in Rochdale Village, to
eradicate rodent infestation, frequent blackouts, security and
sanitation problems, to have an independent audit and to implement
safeguards to prevent recurrences regarding an $80 million debt, the
depletion of their Contingency Reserve Fund from $30 million to $8
million, an accounting as to how their monies were spent. His efforts
brought much needed changes to the second largest co-op in the
- He leads rallies
condemning profiling, hate and bias crimes, highlighting the need for
mutual respect for each other and advocates for tolerance.
- He advocates for better
security against guns and terrorists in our community, making our
neighborhoods, schools, homes and public transportation systems safer.
- He fought and lobbied
with others to get the funding for our kids' education, as mandated by
the Campaign for Fiscal Equity law suit victory: $5.6 billion for
operating aid annually and $9.2 billion for facilities.
- He educates the community
to recognize and be vigilant against terrorist activities, with the
corresponding duty to alert/turn them over to law enforcement
- He successfully lobbied
for 111 Street, a busy 4 lane route in Richmond Hill, to be kept open when
the DOT threatened to make it 2 narrow lanes.
- He stopped quota driven
"Jaywalking" charges and business harassment in diverse
- He advocates for real
community representation at all precinct, community boards, civic and
other meetings. He is also an Education, Jobs, Immigration, Housing
& Health care reform advocate.
- Has helped homeowners
from foreclosures in our district, and lobbied to get the Neighborhood
Preservation Act passed.
- Has fought the closure of
our area hospitals, fire houses, libraries, schools, MTA bus and subway
- Has been fighting for Glendale to get its own zip
code-confusion causes many to suffer when Medical Emergency response
cannot locate them and end up in Flushing.
- Has been fighting for
seniors to get better health care and social services.
- Pushed the City to combat
over development in our neighborhoods and preserve historical
- Successfully lobbied the
Legislature to pass laws to make home heating oil confirm to more
stringent health standards.
- He fights for small
business to keep their doors open, knowing that they are the local
engines of our economy.
- He fought the DOT to keep
the Liberty Avenue exit open to keep
business in the community from suffering.
- He advocates for
elevators/escalators at our subway stops.
- Fought for better
representation and resources to underserved communities in dicennial
for workers rights, including prevailing wages and collective
bargaining at Resorts World & JFK.
for communities of interest to be kept together for effective problem
small businesses from being wiped out and homes destroyed by the
reactivation of old railway lines.
for fair quota of quality jobs and quality of life issues for residents
living around Resorts World.
foreclosures and rising crime in our communities.
fight to prevent Richmond Hill and John Adams High Schools from closing.
Albert will fight for the
Village and SE Queens praise
Albert's leadership (with tie) and
work in the community
Albert receives the leadership award of the
Americans Democratic Club
Senate Democratic leader Tom
Daschle encourages Albert in his efforts
put Democrats in front
Telling Mayor Bloomberg about our problems
and working for the common good.
Commissioner of Police Ray Kelly
works with Albert Baldeo to reduce crime and implement better police relations in our diverse community.
Congressman John Conyers and Albert talk
the need for Democrats to stand
behind each other and unite for
from Congress to the State Senates.
for a teacher's contract and for better education-with UFT's President
Albert was appointed a Senior State
Prosecutor of violent
crimes and a Magistrate (Judge) in the Commonwealth at the early
of 22 and 25 respectively-a world record,
but more importantly, a man
of vision and commitment.