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Phaedra Perry

It is with great pleasure that Citizen's for Veterans in Government PAC announces its endorsement of Phaedra Perry, United States Air Force Veteran, running for Civil Court Judge in New York County. Phaedra Perry is a Principal Court Attorney for Acting Supreme Court Justice, Geoffrey D. Wright in the Supreme Court, Civil Branch. She holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. She is admitted to practice in New York, The Southern District of New York, The Eastern District of New York, New Jersey and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Prior to working in law, she served four years active duty in the United States Air Force and two years active duty reserve. She worked as a Personnel Specialist for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the Internal Revenue Service and as a Human Resources Manager in the private sector. Upon graduating from law school, she worked as an associate at Epstein Becker & Green in the Labor & Employment Department and later as an Assistant District Attorney for the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.

She began her career with the New York City Civil Court as a housing court attorney assigned to a resolution part. She was later appointed by Fern Fisher, the Administrative Judge of the City of New York, as a Special Counsel. For six and a half years, she supervised and worked throughout the boroughs in the Civil Court Help Centers providing legal and procedural information on Landlord and Tenant issues to the unrepresented. In July 2012, Phaedra began working for Acting Supreme Court Justice, Geoffrey D.S. Wright as a Principal Court Attorney in Supreme Court.

Since 2006, she has served as an arbitrator in small claims court, as a member of The New York State Bar Association – The Committee on Veterans, and The Association of Black Women Attorneys (ABWA) where she serves as Co-Chair of the Community Services Committee. In addition, she is a member of the NAACP- Mid Manhattan Branch, The New York Women’s Bar Association and an active member of the Frederick E. Samuel Community Democratic club where she has organized several free housing forums for the public.

Phaedra has been found "well-qualified" by the judicial screening panel of New York County.

Paul Chabot

Paul Chabot, age 41, is the President of Chabot Strategies, L.L.C. and Chabot Securities International. He is also an Adjunct Professor teaching American Government at California Baptist University.

Paul is an Iraq War veteran who began his reserve military intelligence career in 2001, serving first at the Office of Naval Intelligence. Later, he worked with the Defense Intelligence Agency, in conjunction with an assignment in the Pentagon working for the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the National Military Command Center, where he identified and assessed immediate national security threats.

In 2008, Paul returned from Iraq where he served as an intelligence officer with Joint Special Operations Forces. Today, he serves as the Department Head for Command Pacific Fleet Intelligence Reserve Unit – 0194 at the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He is a fully qualified Information Dominance Warfare Officer with Top Secret/SCI clearance.

Paul has 20-years of law enforcement experience. He serves as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department with specialized assignments to the narcotics and street gangs division. Paul also served full-time with the University of Southern California Public Safety Department.

In 2006, the Senate confirmed Governor Schwarzenegger’s appointment and Paul became the Commissioner to the California State Parole Board for three consecutive terms. He is proud of his strong public safety record and his dedication towards protecting California’s communities by keeping dangerous criminals behind bars. He was strongly supported by sheriffs, district attorneys and police chiefs from around California.

Paul holds a B.A. in Administration from California State University at San Bernardino, a M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Southern California (USC), and a doctorate (Ed. D) in Executive Leadership from George Washington University. He completed a legislative studies program through Georgetown University and is a graduate of the Naval War College, Joint Professional Military Education. Paul is a graduate of the Delinquency Control Institute (USC), a graduate of the Entrepreneurial Boot-camp for Veterans, at the University of California Los Angeles, a graduate of San Bernardino County Regional Occupational Program in Administration of Justice and graduate of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Reserve’s Academy, Level, III, II and I. He earned a certificates in Entrepreneurship from Syracuse University, and is a graduate of the U.S. State Department Foreign Service Institute’s International Law Enforcement Program. Paul is also a California Licensed Private Investigator with significant training in counter-terrorism.

Honors and awards include: Meritorious Service Police Medal; White House Outstanding Performance Award (5); White House Distinguished Service Award; Joint Commendation Service Medal; National Defense Medal; Navy Achievement Medal; Navy Commendation Medal; Expert Military Rifle and Pistol Medals; Armed Forces Reserve Medal; Iraqi Campaign Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Navy Overseas Service Ribbon; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon; Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal; Civilian of the Year for the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department; White House Presidential Management Fellow.

Paul is a member of the American Legion and a Life Member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, National Federation of Independent Business, National Rifle Association, Navy League.

Paul is married to his wife Brenda of 11 years. They have four children and live in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Paul was raised by a single mother and single grandmother. Today, his mother is a special education teacher in the California public school system.

Congressman Lee Zeldin

In 2007, Lee returned to Suffolk County with his family. It was at this time that Lee transitioned from Active Duty to the Army Reserves, where he currently serves with the rank of Major. He then, in 2008, established a successful law practice in Smithtown, NY. Elected to the New York State Senate two years later, in 2010, Lee’s been working hard every day since to keep the promises he made to the hard-working families he represents.

In the State Senate, Lee successfully fought to repeal the MTA Payroll Tax for 80 percent of employers, a job killing tax that was hurting small businesses. Lee led the successful efforts to repeal the Saltwater Fishing License Fee and create the PFC Joseph Dwyer Program, a statewide program in New York to help our returning veterans cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). He sponsored legislation to enact the nation’s strongest property tax cap and also helped reduce middle income tax rates to the lowest level in 60 years. Lee also wrote the law that protects our fallen veterans and their families from protests at military burials.

In 2014, Lee was elected to the United States Congress, ousting a twelve-year incumbent in one of the nation’s most competitive House races. The underdog, Congressman Zeldin earned a ten point victory over the Democratic incumbent following a GOP primary that Lee won by 24 points where over $4 million was spent against him.

Since taking office in 2015, Lee has pursued an aggressive agenda in Washington, DC, on top local, domestic and international issues; quickly becoming one of the nation’s leading proponents for a stronger foreign policy that defeats ISIS and other terrorist threats, secures our homeland, corrects a deeply flawed Iran nuclear agreement, and improves our relationships with our allies and treats our enemies as our enemies.

On the national level, Lee is fighting every day in Washington to help grow our economy and create more good paying private sector jobs, strengthen our national security, fight for our veterans, improve healthcare and education in America, repair our local infrastructure, and safeguard our environment.

During his first term in office, Lee secured a number of important victories for his district, which include: Opening a new health care clinic for East End veterans; getting his common core amendment and Safe Bridges proposal passed and signed into law; passing a five year, fully funded transportation bill; and permanently reauthorizing the Zadroga Act to ensure health care for our 9/11 first responders. Lee also helped lead the efforts in the House to ensure the 21st Century Cures Act was passed and signed into law, and stop the Medical Device Tax for 2 years; two critical pieces of legislation that Lee cosponsored in the House.

The only Jewish Republican in Congress, Lee co-chairs the House Republican Israel Caucus, and serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Veterans Affairs Committee, and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Additionally, he sits on seven subcommittees also serving as Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee on Aviation.

Lee and his wife, Diana, reside in Shirley with their twin nine-year old daughters, Mikayla and Arianna.

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