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Alfonso C. Stabile was born in the East New York section of Brooklyn and was one of two boys born to Carmine and Concetta Stabile. He began his education at P.S. 64 and soon after his family moved to Ozone Park, Queens. He graduated John Adams High School in Ozone Park and completed his education at York College in Jamaica, Queens and the University of Maryland.

In 1967, Stabile enlisted in the United States Army and served in the 6th Infantry Division, where he graduated first in his class from NCO School and received numerous awards and citations. Attaining the rank of sergeant, he served his country proudly during the Vietnam War and is proud to call himself a Vietnam Veteran. He is a lifetime member of the 6th Infantry Division.

After leaving the military, Stabile began working for the New York City Department of Sanitation as a driver. He married the former Sara Jane Friia in 1969 and shortly thereafter was blessed with a son, Frank and daughter Connie. At around this time he bought his first piece of real estate which was also his first real investment. This led him into a career as a realtor.

In 1979, with his realty business prospering, Stabile was introduced to the Ozone-Howard Little League by his son. He became involved and after serving as manager, administrator and fundraiser, Stabile was elected President of the organization. Through his efforts and those of a dedicated staff of volunteers, the Ozone-Howard Little League has become one of the largest, self-sufficient leagues in the nation.

Sadly, on January 1, 1990, Stabile's son was killed while sitting in his car when his vehicle was struck by car driven by a suspect trying to avoid a police chase. Frank Stabile was 18 years old.

Stabile has helped raise money for children with life-threatening diseases, the handicapped, churches, schools, civic organizations and community boards. He is a past member of Community Board 10 in Queens and is the current Vice President of the International Society of SS. Cosma and Damiano, a philanthropic organization that has donated regularly to St. Francis Heart Hospital, St. Jude Children's Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House. He is also a cofounder of Angel's On The Bay, another philanthropic organization that donates to local charities and institutions, including Jamaica Hospital Medical Center.

In recognition of his many works, Stabile has received numerous humanitarian awards. In 1991, the New York City Sub-Contractors honored him for his contributions in ridding the City of the "Devil's Playground." An abandoned lot in the Bronx that sat across from elementary school P.S. 43, the lot was used by drug dealers and prostitutes. Through Stabile's efforts, the lot became a parking lot for the school. For his actions he was also honored with the Mayor's "Good Guy" award and the Bronx Borough President's "Certificate of Merit."

In 1992, the Queens Council of the Boy Scouts of America honored Stabile as Man of the Year and in August of 1992 and again in April of 1993, he was named Man of the Year by the Special Olympics Organization. He has also been honored by former Congressman, the Rev. Floyd Flake, the St. Anthony Society, The Metro Assembly of God Church, the Taxi and Limousine Commission, The Queens Chapter of the American Cancer Society and various chapters of the Columbia Association.

Stabile is also a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, David O'Connel Post 2264 and an honorary member of the American Legion and the West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Corp.

Stabile was instrumental in aiding a local firehouse which was in need of a new building. He contacted construction firms who were willing to help and as a result, a new building was erected. It an official ceremony in 1993, Stabile was presented with a commemorative plaque for his help.

Stabile also helped obtain land no longer needed by the City and converted it into ballfields for children and families in southern Queens. The ballfields were constructed at no expense to the City, state or federal government, but through the generosity of community minded business people who donated their time and resources.

In November 1993, Stabile entered the political arena for the first time and defeated 24-year incumbent City Councilman Walter Ward for the honor of representing the 32nd Council District. The District includes the communities of Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, Ozone Park, South Ozone Park, Howard Beach, Hamilton Beach, Lindenwood, Broad Channel and the Rockaways.

Known affectionately to his constituents as "Big Al," Stabile labored daily to improve his district, especially its parks, schools and roadways. He was instrumental in arranging for the visit of Pope John Paul II who held Mass in Ozone Park.

His love of children, compassion for people and reputation for never turning anyone away and getting the job done, led to his overwhelming re-election in November 1997.

In his second term, Stabile has fought to improve conditions along the boardwalk in Rockaway, fought against the toll on the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge and taken up the fight to improve the everyday quality of life for each of his constituents. His efforts and dedication has earned him the friendship and respect of many politicians in both parties. Among them, Governor George Pataki, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Senator Charles Schumer, Congressman Anthony Weiner, Assemblyman Michael Spano of Yonkers, Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio, City Council Speaker Peter Vallone and Borough Presidents C. Virginia Fields of Manhattan and Fernando Ferrer of the Bronx.

His friendship with both Republicans and Democrats in the City Council has led him to lead productive and influential positions on the City Council Committees for Transportation, Youth Services, Civil Service and Labor, State and Federal Legislation and Finance. He has also previously served on the Committee for Aging and is a member of the Council's Sub-Committee on Veterans' Affairs.

Stabile currently lives with his family in Howard Beach and maintains Council offices in Manhattan and in Ozone Park


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