Samuel J. Gonzalez

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Samuel Gonzalez
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Candidate for
New York State Assembly District 6
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Samuel Gonzalez was a 2012 Democratic candidate for District 6 of the New York State Assembly.


Campaign themes


On his campaign website, Gonzales listed five major issues of his campaign:[1]

  • Education - "This districts academic performance is of major concern and the drop out rate is a big issue. But above all to begin we must make sure that securing the proper funding to our school district is the priority. With out this our educational system is destined to fail, as the Assembly I would fight vigorously to get the extra funding that we need to bring our school system up to par."
  • Local Economy – "As assemblyman I would request an all out blitz of an increase of police presence to stop the open drug sales at our shopping areas so we don’t scare away potential small business owners. Provide incentive programs that would entice businesses to come to this community as well as keep them here, both large and small. There are many large building spaces that are empty that by doing this would also help generate jobs for our local constituents. Therefore putting money back into the community. And I would do the same for home ownership; provide incentive programs for home ownership. And provide current homeowners programs from within the community to help those in need of a home remodification, or financial structure. For this to work we must also set up a program for low-income families and provide free or low cost daycare service and after school programs. Also funding for an increase in public transportation is a must."
  • Youth Programs – "This community has a limited safe haven for its many many youths… There are presently quite a few places that can be homes to future YMCA’S and Boys and Girls Club centers for our youth. I am presently forming a committee to go through the process of gathering the necessary information to begin this process. And as Assemblyman I would make this one of my priorities. Lobby in Albany to get grants and or funding to maintain and increase after school programs to educate our students and keep them engaged in meaningful activities and out of the world of drugs and gang violence."
  • Community Safety – "as Assemblyman I would emphasize to the County Executive the transfer or new hiring of minority officers into this diverse community. And introduce a law in Albany requiring officers in Suffolk County to go through a special training of the ethnic diversity like there is in this district to gain trust especially in the community of the undocumented. To many times is a crime committed but because of the fear of the uniform and the person being undocumented will that person come forward. Doing this training and then bringing it out to the community by our Police Dept. will insure a better communication without fear and lead to arrests and convictions of a crime."
  • Organizational Unity – "If all this is to come together and make our community better, safer and successful then we need all of the community leaders of the different organizations to come together. For to long some of our political leaders have used the tactic of “Divide and Conquer” No more favoring one over an other, giving one organization more than an other, only for there own personal political gains and political strategies. Each organization does wonderful work and all are fighting for the same cause. As Assemblyman I will create a summit of all the leaders of any organization that will meet for starters, quarterly; during which we would discuss the difficulties that any organization is encountering in reaching a certain objective so as leaders of their perspective organizations together we can come up with a solution to assist them."



See also: New York State Assembly elections, 2012

Gonzalez ran in the 2012 election for New York State Assembly District 6. He lost against incumbent Philip R. Ramos -- who is also running on the Working Families Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets -- in the Democratic primary on September 13, 2012. Manuel Troche ran unopposed in the Republican primary; he also ran on the Conservative Party ticket. The general election took place on November 6, 2012. [2][3]

New York State Assembly, District 6 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPhilip Ramos Incumbent 78.3% 1,476
Samuel Gonzalez 21.7% 409
Total Votes 1,885


Gonzales and his wife have three children. He is active in the Latin and African American Chaplains Association (LACA).[4]

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