Mike Scala for Congress

  • Scala in the Silent March to End Stop and Frisk











    Scala in the Silent March to End Stop and Frisk.
  • At the Silent March to End Stop and Frisk










    Mike Scala with NAACP Far Rockaway President Dr. Ed Williams, Councilmember James Sanders, Donovan Richards, Rockaway Youth Task Force President Milan Taylor and members, and Rockaway residents at the Silent March to End Stop and Frisk.
  • Scala with Rockaway Youth Task Force










    Mike Scala and Communications Director Jay Carter with members of the Rockaway Youth Task Force at the Silent March to End Stop and Frisk.
  • Mike Scala Merrick Printing










    Mike Scala speaking with Joel Floss, owner of Merrick Printing, in Jamaica Queens.
  • Mike on Jamaica Ave in Hollis










    Mike on Jamaica Ave in Hollis.
  • At the Baba Makhan Shah Lobana Sikh Center










    Mike Scala speaking at the Baba Makhan Shah Lobana Sikh Center in Richmond Hill.
  • Mike Scala receives an appreciation award










    Mike Scala receives an appreciation award from members of the Baba Makhan Shah Lobana Sikh Center in Richmond Hill.
  • Scala poses with a campaign flyer in a store window.










    Scala poses with a campaign flyer in a store window.
  • 100th Precinct Council's Youth Committee Bake Sale










    Mike Scala stops by the 100th Precinct Council's Youth Committee Bake Sale on the Rockaway Boardwalk.
  • Scala at JMB Discount










    Mike Scala with Sanussy Jalloh at JMB Discount store.
  • Scala in the Silent March to End Stop and Frisk
  • At the Silent March to End Stop and Frisk
  • Scala with Rockaway Youth Task Force
  • Mike Scala Merrick Printing
  • Mike on Jamaica Ave in Hollis
  • At the Baba Makhan Shah Lobana Sikh Center
  • Mike Scala receives an appreciation award
  • Scala poses with a campaign flyer in a store window.
  • 100th Precinct Council's Youth Committee Bake Sale
  • Scala at JMB Discount

MEET MIKE

I'm Mike Scala, and I'm running for Congress because I believe we need stronger leaders fighting for everyday Americans. I support President Obama and recognize that he needs more support from his own party. When Republicans are unwilling to budge, we as Democrats cannot come to the table with compromised positions. I believe in compromise, but not for its own sake. I believe in compromise, but not when the other side gets everything they want and the American public suffers. There’s too much at stake. We deserve better from our legislators. We deserve representatives with the passion and conviction of our counterparts, but whose ideals are more in line with our needs.

I was born and raised in Rosedale, Queens, where I lived most of my life. I attended PS 195, and received my First Communion at St. Pius X Church. I’m proud to call myself a product of Queens public schools. While riding the dollar van to school, I fell in love with Hip Hop and eventually began recording music. That journey took me around the country, where I witnessed how the power of words can bring people together. One of my projects was released by Rawkus Records, the label that also released classics like Mos Def’s Black on Both Sides and the Lyricist Lounge series.

Neither of my parents went to college. My mother was a secretary who worked hard to obtain her insurance license. My father was an actor in Martin Scorsese’s first movie, Who’s That Knocking at My Door. Though he was a good man, he made some bad decisions and ultimately passed away from Hepatitis C. For much of my childhood, I lived in a single-parent home. I was determined to make a better way for myself, and I enrolled in what’s now the Polytechnic Institute of New York University. I graduated cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.

After doing some freelance work, I joined the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in Alexandria, Virginia. NHPCO is the largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. It advocates for patients’ rights at the end of their lives. Aside from handling Web duties, I edited and published the organization’s weekly newsletter to its members. I additionally worked with the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Sarahan Africa (FHSSA), which promotes comprehensive care in 15 African countries.

While in Virginia, I volunteered for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. Our efforts included helping college students vote early in the week before the election via in-person absentee ballot. Thanks in part to these efforts, that state voted for a Democratic presidential candidate for the first time since 1964. Inspired by the campaign, I took the LSAT and was admitted to Brooklyn Law School. I have completed my final year of study for a Juris Doctor degree. During school I worked for the legal department of New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), where I helped defend teachers facing discrimination. Most recently I founded the Solid Ground movement, which demands that government focus on the needs of everyday Americans. It has already received support from people throughout the country.

I hope to represent my home district of the 5th and make the community proud as a member of the United States Congress.

June 26 - New York Congressional Primary