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Sikh volunteer cab drivers organized by City Council Candidate Harpreet Singh Toor will drive any voter, free of charge, to and from their voting siteduring Tuesday’s election, In Operation Get to the Polls.
 South Richmond Hill, NY, October 30, 2010
 – City Council 28 candidate Harpreet Singh Toor has organized volunteer Punjabi Sikh cab drives to drive voters to and from the polls, free of charge, throughout election day, Tuesday, November 2nd. The free service,
Operation Get tothe Polls
, is open to any and all voters in Council District 28 in Southeast Queens on afirst-come, first-served basis. 
Anyone who wishes to arrange for a free cab ride to and from their polling place in CityCouncil District 28 in Queens should call Harpreet Singh Toor’s campaign office at917.653.3205, or email the campaign attoorforcitycouncil@gmail.com. Rides will beprovided on a first-come, first-serve basis while the polls are open.
 “It is important that the voters in Southeast Queens make their voices heard,” Toor said. “Of course I hope that they vote for me, but what is most important is that they vote. For too long theneeds of this district have been ignored by those in office. The only way we will change thingsfor the better is to come out and vote in large numbers.” This is not the first time Sikh cab drivers have offered free services to New Yorkers, Toor said.In the days following the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center cabs driven by Sikhs lined-upoutside the city’s command center at a west side pier and offered free rides to people searchingfor missing loved ones. “Sometimes a driver would spend five, six hours with a person, taking them from hospital tohospital as they searched for a missing loved one,” said Toor. “The driver would wait, then takethem to their next destination, and finally home, all free of charge.” Toor said the drivers acted out of the deep commitment to community service, with noexpectation of return, called Seva, that is central to the Sikh religion. These Sikhs provided free rides for more than a week, despite the fact that many of theturbaned, bearded drivers were targets of unprovoked bias attacks by other motorists, Toor said. At least one driver was shot at from another car while stopped at a red light. “What savedhis life was that he dropped something on the floor, and as he bent over to pick it up the bulletwent through his window and just missed him, but he continued to provide the rides anyway,”Toor said. “It’s the Sikh way.” 
For more information contact Toor for City Council Campaign Manager Donald Kaplan at 917.435.8730.
About Harpreet Singh Toor 
Harpreet Singh Toor is a candidate in the November 2nd Special Election for the City CouncilDistrict 28 seat vacated by the late Thomas White, Jr. The first South Asian to run in a generalelection in New York State, Toor would become the first Sikh in the City Council. He is running

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