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Elected bids farewell to constituents

An open letter from state Assemblywoman Ann-Margaret Carrozza (D-Bayside) to her constituents:

It has been a profound honor to serve our community in the Assembly for the last 14 years. From the moment I was first elected in 1996, I have fought to protect the rights of my constituents. I have been especially focused on advocating for senior citizens and holding insurance companies accountable.

I never took my responsibility as your voice in state government lightly and am proud of the dozens of bills which I introduced that were signed into law, as well as the thousands of constituents I have been able to help with issues such as cutting through red tape with city and state agencies or with health insurance companies that denied them coverage.

I am also proud of the millions of dollars in state funding that I have been able to steer toward our local hospitals, nursing homes, schools, libraries and senior centers in northeast Queens.

Though I have chosen to leave the Assembly at the end of my current term in order to spend more time with my family, including my two young children, I plan to remain active in our community and to continue to advocate on behalf of seniors in northeast Queens. I will also continue to conduct my annual gift drives.

I sincerely appreciate all of your support for my record-breaking gift drives for the last 14 years. Without your generous assistance, we would not have been able to brighten the holidays for so many hospitalized war veterans and children. I have personally witnessed the smiles that your donations have brought to the faces of thousands of hospitalized heroes as well as disabled and needy children.

I would also like to congratulate Assemblyman-elect Ed Braunstein. I have known Ed for many years and am certain he will do an outstanding job serving our district in the Assembly.

Once again, thank you for your support. It has been a pleasure to serve you. I look forward to seeing you in the community. In the interim, I wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season.

Ann-Margaret Carrozza

State Assemblywoman

Bayside

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