Know Your Candidates: Adam Baumel
U.S. Navy veteran Adam Baumel is making his first run for public office, but he is no newcomer to the worlds of politics and legislation. In 2016, he served as an aide to Assemblymember Michael Benedetto, a Democrat representing the Bronx.
Benedetto was the chairperson of the Assembly’s Veterans Affairs Committee at the time Baumel worked for him.
Baumel enlisted in the Navy in 2009 and served until 2013. During his time in the military, he served as a logistics specialist aboard the USS Nimitz.
After leaving the navy, he attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice on the GI Bill. He currently works as a driver for a ride-sharing service catering to clients who are physically handicapped.
Baumel was born and raised in Florida and currently lives in Bay Ridge.
Baumel stated in a recent debate that he decided to run for public office after hearing about corruption among state officials in Albany and realizing that he wanted to restore honor to public service.
Transportation, health care and housing are some of the issues he is talking about to voters on the campaign trail.
Baumel vowed to push for the elimination of the one-way toll system on the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge so that two-way tolls could be reinstituted to ease traffic congestion. The bridge has had a one-way toll since the 1980s. Motorists driving toward Staten Island pay the toll. Brooklyn-bound motorists drive for free.
Another one of his proposals involves creating or extending a bus route from the Brooklyn Veterans Administration hospital in Bay Ridge to Staten Island.
He has also said he would advocate for the construction of elevators at subway stations.
Baumel has stated that he would fight to mandate that health insurance companies cover people with pre-existing medical conditions and vowed to fight to strengthen the state’s rent control laws. — Paula Katinas
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