By COLlive reporter
Mendy (Menachem) Raitport, born and raised in Brooklyn and a Lubavitch resident of Crown Heights, has announced that he is running for election as State Senator in New York’s 20th District.
Owner of a butcher shop on Kingston Avenue in Crown Heights, Raitport is running under the Conservative banner, and says he has the qualifications necessary to be an effective voice of the people whom he hopes to represent: He is a Brooklyn resident.
Listing on his campaign website public education improvements, housing and job opportunities, health care, welfare and public programs and women’s rights and equal opportunities as his key issues, Raitport says he is willing to cross party lines to make a difference. “It’s about service to the community, not a pay check in my pocket,” he says.
Born, raised and educated in Brooklyn, this 47 year-old married father of 8 grew up in a family whose name is synonymous with community service. His parents, Rabbi and Mrs. Y. Raitport, have long been active in a number of local and global charitable organizations, which at an early age instilled in Mendy that giving back comes before taking. His active volunteering includes working as an (EMT) Emergency Medical Technician, a member of (CERTS) Community Emergency Response Training and Service, as well as leading numerous charitable ventures that include mentoring young people.
In addition to being a father and community volunteer, Raitport is also a Crown Heights-based butcher shop owner. He understands the demands small businesses face to meet payroll, pay suppliers, and provide for their families while taxes soar. Like the rest of the community, Mendy worries about a further reduction in the standards of living and seeing essential services erode on a daily basis.
“As a 20th District Resident, I have watched our local schools, small businesses and social and public services crumble while corruption flourishes,” says Raitport. “The lack of concern for our community’s wellbeing and unemployment compelled me to run for the 20th District Senatorial seat. Our children, our businesses and aspiring adults have been cheated and ignored long enough.”
Raiport is determined to meet the needs of New York’s 20th District. “I am not here running as a Republican v. Democrat,” Raitport emphasizes. “I want to do what’s right for every single resident in the district. From clean streets to safe streets,” he says.
“Things need to get better. We live here, and we deserve better. I have my sleeves rolled up, ready to work.”
For more information visit www.raitportdistrict20.com.