Ethan Felder’s campaign for the New York Assembly in District 28 has steadily been picking up pace. The current District Leader was “humbled and honored” to address the Queens Jewish Center congregation in his hometown of Forest Hills at a recent shalosh s’udos. In his remarks, Felder passionately explained the urgency that compelled him to launch a campaign.

In recent weeks, Felder has spoken with voters who revealed both a higher degree of commonality across parties than conventional wisdom would have us believe and real disaffection. Felder promises that his campaign will continue to build bonds with communities that have been underserved. “I am upbeat about our progress,” said Felder in his petition filing announcement, where a whopping 1,500 signatures were submitted. “These names reflect a broad base of support across the district that includes Forest Hills, Rego Park, Ridgewood, Richmond Hill, Middle Village, Glendale, and Kew Gardens,” added the veteran labor lawyer and trial attorney. “My place on the ballot ensures that together we have built a grassroots movement for change, empowering the unheard in this moment of unease.”

Felder’s campaign against incumbent Andrew Hevesi, who has held the seat for 17 years, focuses on public safety and mental health issues at a pivotal point for New York when it is at its crossroads.

 By Shabsie Saphirstein