N.Y. Polish American Congress ends 2008 Voters Drive with Long Island Blitz

Photo by Polish American Congress

Shown above is the group headed by Chairman Chris Rybkiewicz (seated at right) at St. Isidore R.C. Church in the Polish Town U.S.A. section of Riverhead along with Ted Rybkiewicz.

Other locations covered by the deadline date were Our Lady of Poland Church, Southampton (led by Bozenna Urbanowicz-Gilbride); St. Hyacinth Church, Glen Head (Richard Brzozowski) and Our Lady of Ostrabrama , Cutchogue (Kaz Nietupski). 

The PAC drive began in early April and covered Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island and Queens in New York City.  The latter part of the six-month-long campaign concentrated on various locations in the Nassau and Suffolk counties of Long Island.

The Congress decided to focus its efforts on all the Polish Catholic parishes in these areas to get out the Catholic vote as well as the ethnic vote, according to Chairman Rybkiewicz. 

Bozenna Urbanowicz-Gilbride (second from right) explains the registration procedure
Bozenna Urbanowicz-Gilbride (second from right) explains the registration procedure

“Many of the Polish Americans we registered once lived under the repression of atheistic Communism, some even under the tyranny of the German occupation in World War II.  They registered to make sure government officials do not ignore their moral and ethical values as well as their ethnic interests,” he said.

Frank Milewski