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Carl Achille | New York Congressional Primary

Carl Achille is running for U.S. Congress - 5th District (Democratic)

Carl Achille

Achille wants to use his background in law enforcement to work to stem opioid abuse on Long Island and remove illegal guns from the streets. Achille said he also is concerned about possible issues with traffic, railroad service, crime and safety associated with a proposed $1 billion development at Belmont Park. The proposal includes an 18,000-seat hockey arena for the New York Islanders, 435,000 square feet of retail space, restaurants, a movie theater and a 250-room hotel. “I am on the fence,” Achille said of the project. “I understand the concerns of some members of the community and these are issues that need to be addressed.” Achille also wants to protect undocumented immigrants in the district who are in the United States under Temporary Protected Status. “We have families in this district who live in fear of being raided,” Achille said. “This is not what America stands for.”

Achille, 34, of Elmont, is making his first run for elected office. Achille, who was born in Brooklyn and raised in Jamaica, Queens, has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he is also working toward a master’s degree in criminal law and procedure. From February 2003 to June 2004, Achille served in the U.S. Army, attached to the 101st Airborne Division in central and southern Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2008, Achille joined the NYPD, working in the 23rd Precinct in East Harlem. He later was promoted to detective and worked in the Organized Crime Control Bureau in the Gang Division. He works for the NYPD as an investigative adviser managing criminal intelligence. Achille is a past president of the Elmont Chamber of Commerce and the Parkhurst Civic Association. He is married with a daughter.