My name is Maureen McArdle Schulman. I married my husband, William Schulman, in 1981. I am a proud mother and grandmother of 3. I am a retired New York City firefighter. I was hired in 1982 as one of the first female New York City Firefighters. I worked my entire career of 20 plus years in East Harlem at Engine 35. I loved my job and I loved serving the underserved of the city of New York. During my career I demonstrated honesty, reliability and extreme caring for the citizens of New York City.
My main job was fire suppression, including responding to the September 11, 2001 attack on The World Trade Center. In my career I also taught probationary firefighters. I also became very knowledgeable in building inspections.
I watched nearly 3000 people die in front of me as The World Trade Center towers collapsed. I have had open heart surgery. I am a cancer survivor. I have buried a child. These things did not destroy me, they truly made me stronger.
Proud to be an American
I believe I cannot control every situation or its outcome, and I believe the most we can do is control our own attitudes. I can only hope to be an inspiration to others, to be an example of courage and perseverance. I now live my life for what tomorrow has to offer and not what yesterday has taken from me.
My motivation to run for Congress has been a direct result out of love of family, and my love of my country. I am a proud American. I have never run for political office. I can no longer sit back in good conscience and watch what is happening to the country I love. Morale is low and the privilege get special consideration while the rest of us follow the rule of law. It is apparent we are becoming a nation of haters, complainers and whiners. We blame each other, point fingers and gossip, because of our political views.
Protecting Our Future
We must acknowledge past mistakes our country has made, we must not make our past disappear, we must make sure those reminders are present, so those past negative things are not repeated.
I cannot sit back idly and watch the country I love fall apart. I owe nothing to anyone, except for the people in Congressional District 17. I plan on doing a grass roots campaign, going from door to door introducing myself and listened to constituents. I plan on wearing out quite a few pairs of shoes.
Vote for Maureen in 2020!
The country we all carry in our hearts is waiting. It’s time we put aside our differences and move forward. We need as a society to live in peace and harmony, to be united and strong. We need to stand for our patriotic songs and put our hand over our hearts and beam with pride for the best country in the world.