Rockaway Primetime Reporting Endorses Stacey Pheffer-Amato

By Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet


Rockaway Primetime Reporting is excited to announce its endorsement of Stacey Pheffer-Amato for New York State Assembly in the 23rd District.

This is the publication’s first endorsement of a political candidate.

Born and raised in the district she hopes to represent, Pheffer-Amato has a proven track record of dedication and service to the Rockaway community. Regarded by many as a force to be reckoned with, she has appeared and spoken out at many community events and emergency meetings held throughout the peninsula.

The candidate has also appeared at New York’s City Hall in effort to address the surge in homelessness and a myriad of problems concerning the shelter system.


Stacey Pheffer-Amato is pictured at City Hall with former 100th Precinct Community Council President Danny Ruscillo.

Pheffer-Amato believes her grass-roots background will serve her well in her bid for the New York State Assembly. “I plan to use my experience as a resident, taxpayer, small business owner and, most of all, as a parent,” said the outspoken Rockaway native.

Rockaway Primetime Reporting can confirm that this candidate is no pushover. Moreover, she is willing to do whatever it takes to prove she is not, and will never be, your typical politician. The following report will serve as confirmation.

Recently, a community advocate in Arverne contacted Pheffer-Amato and provided information about a free tutoring program being offered to all residents on the peninsula. On the day the call was placed, the advocate noted that the program was struggling to provide lunch to kids in the age range of four to 13-years-old. The revelation had a profound impact on the candidate, and she wasted no time in providing assistance.

Pheffer-Amato and her husband Frank are the owners of “Elegante”, a pizzeria that is considered a staple of the Rockaway community. Pheffer-Amato immediately donated five pizza pies to the tutoring program, which helped quell the hunger of more than 20 kids.


Rockaway Primetime Reporting believes that when you invest in young people’s lives, you’re placing them on the path to success. Clearly, Pheffer-Amato shares that sentiment.  Her gesture may be viewed as insignificant or “small” by some members of the community, but we feel her actions represent two crucial elements that have been missing from the political landscape, at the local and national level, for far too long: compassion and a willingness to do the right thing for people and communities.

Given her long history of advocacy and service in the community, and her desire to help kids in need, Rockaway Primetime Reporting is confident when it states that residents will not be engaging in “politics as usual” if they support Stacey Pheffer-Amato for New York State Assembly.


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