[Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: William J. Clinton (1993, Book II)]
[October 28, 1993]
[Pages 1849-1850]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov]

Telephone Remarks to the Queens County Democratic Dinner in
New York City
October 28, 1993

    Hello. Thank you very much, Tom.
    Ladies and gentlemen, it's great to be with you, even by telephone. 
I was here tonight on behalf of Mayor Dinkins, with Congressman Manton 
and Congressman Ackerman and Congressman Floyd Flake, Congresswoman 
Carolyn Maloney, and Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez. We think we did some 
good for Mayor Dinkins here tonight. And I know you will on election 
    I was just reminiscing with Tom about the time when I came to your 
meeting last year in early 1992 when I took the subway from Manhattan 
and I came out to Queens to the meeting, and your organization got 
behind me early and stayed with me through the dark days and the bright 
ones. And I will never forget it. And I want you to know that I am still 
as grateful to you today as I was on the day we won the New York primary 
and the day we won the general election.
    I also want you to know that we're making progress on all the things 
that I talked about in Queens so long ago. We just got the report today 
that the Government's deficit is over $50 billion less this year than we 
thought it was going to be; that we've got some real growth back in the 
economy; and that more jobs have been created in the private sector in 
the first 9 months of this administration than in the previous 4 years 
of the last one.
    Now, we've still got a long way to go, and we've got a lot of work 
to do. I need your help to pass a comprehensive health care bill that 
gives health care security to all the people who live in Queens. And 
we've got a chance now to pass a crime bill that will put more police 
officers on the street, and pass the Brady bill and other bills that 
will keep some of these terrible guns out of the hands of kids and 
others who are using them in the wrong way. We've got to do that. And I 
need your help to do that.
    But I want you to know we're moving in the right direction, and 
we're not going to stop until we've got this economy up and going, 
provided health care for all, and made our streets safer.

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    To do all that, I need to just remember the kind of people I met at 
the Queens Democratic meeting the first time I came up there. I want you 
to know I'll never forget you, and I'm grateful to you. I want you to 
stay behind your Members of Congress so they can stay behind me, and 
help elect the Mayor on Tuesday.
    Thank you very much.

Note. The President spoke at 6:47 p.m. from Electric Industries Hall. In 
his remarks, he referred to Representative Thomas J. Manton.