Monique is a true pillar in her community, a family tradition which she intends to preserve.
(Long Island, NY) New York State Attorney and new Democratic State Assembly candidate for the 22nd District, Monique Hardial-Swaby, intimately understands the importance of family, community and education.
Monique took on the challenge to join the assembly race with a bustling attitude and resilient spirit, and is eager to represent her district which stretches from Bellerose to North Woodmere and includes Valley Stream, Elmont, South Floral Park and a part of Franklin Square.
Known as a proverbial leader, educator, unwavering advocate and loyal individual, Monique is on a quest to fulfill her visions of promoting education, encouraging family and community unity and raising public awareness about economic justice and equal opportunity.
“I never prepared my life for a run for political office, by my life has prepared me well,” said Monique.
Monique is a true pillar in her community, a family tradition which she intends to preserve. For the past three years, Monique has sat on the New York State Board Trustee for the Elmont Public Library and was just re-elected for a five year term, a term her father once held. She is continuously working across the aisle with colleagues to hold the line on a 0% tax increase in the library budget.
As a daughter of a retired law enforcement officer, she fully supports the efforts of the brave men and women, both in the Nassau County Police Department and in the volunteer Fire and EMS companies and strongly believes the 5th precinct needs to be reopened and fully staffed.
She is front and center at every community event, supporting her neighbors, friends and community businesses, and explores every opportunity to voice her opinion and take on opposing views.
“Hydraulic Fracking poses a significant threat to both the environment and the fresh water supply. It is important that the U.S. develop an energy plan that makes us self sufficient and decreases the carbon footprint that each of us leave on a daily basis. A shift to Natural Gas which is abundant in the U.S is essential to that cause.”
Monique opposes the sale of the County Sewage System to private investors. “Such a move will make our community vulnerable to the trucking of hazardous materials through our streets to sewage treatment facilities located throughout our county.” Most immediate and equally important for Monique, is the development of the state owned Belmont Park.
“Our community is under attack; there is a high rate of foreclosures, high unemployment; the economic indicators show that there is a real threat of another recession on the horizon. Our community has no Assembly representation on the state level; we need an individual who is electable, who has demonstrated leadership qualities and one who can work to stop the gridlock; someone who will work with the Governor, that someone is me, Monique Hardial-Swaby.”
Monique keeps abreast of the issues facing her community, in particular, the difficulties families are coping with. She has a proven track record of tackling them head on and building a network of support.
Just recently, Monique took on a project to assist the underprivileged community by aiding Legal Permanent Residents in completing applications for naturalization. The “Citizenship Day” outreach was part of a nationwide pro bono effort by the American Immigration Lawyers Association and NYLS’s Justice Action Center.
Monique’s reputable allegiance to the primacy of education and raising public awareness makes her a candidate who has true compassion for humanity and evolution. She supports funding for enhancing the math and science curriculum and summer programs, as well as Elmont Youth Outreach and GYO programs.
She took part in the New York State Civil Liberties Union “Know Your Rights Campaign,” where she educated high school students about their constitutional rights, such as right to privacy in school and freedom of speech and their rights when speaking to police officers. Monique also took part in the NY Civil Right Coalition program where she hosted discussions and workshops in an effort to dismantle stereotypes.
She previously served as a fellow in the New York City Mayor Service Fellowship program under Mayor Michael Bloomberg where she effectively introduced, facilitated and implemented service-learning projects into 20 NYC public schools
As a thought leader and creative thinker, Monique is currently working on continuing her plight for social justice by opening a Charter School in New York City in an attempt to address the current civil rights issue of our time; closing the achievement gap. She is also working intimately with community members to provide a state of the art library that compliments the challenging curriculum of both the Elmont and Sewanhaka school districts.
Monique is truly living the beliefs of Charles H. Houston of the NAACP who said, ““A lawyer’s either a social engineer or he’s a parasite on society.”
Monique has joined the ranks of 6 other candidates and is confident she has an encouraging campaign ahead of her.