Now he wants to change that.
Naumowicz is coordinating a project called the Polish American Voter Registration Drive. With funding from his boss, personal injury law firm owner Slawek Platta, Naumowicz is going out to the community to get more of his Polish neighbors in the political and civic process.
“There’s a substantial amount of us that actually are present in the community, but we’re not really involved in anything,” he said.
The Maspeth resident said part of the reason is that many Polish New Yorkers have two or three jobs. They don’t usually have time to be involved in local events.
“If you go to any Ridgewood church, you can see the tired individuals and families,” he said.
As part of the voter registration drive, Naumowicz will go door-to-door to empower more Polish-Americans, inform them of community ongoings, and register them to vote.
In the first two weeks, his team has created a poster campaign, posting information on major avenues like Myrtle, Cooper, Fresh Pond and Forest. Soon, they will use walking and phone lists to contact as many families as possible.
They’re also partnering with local churches and businesses.
“I just want us to be a little more involved,” Naumowicz said. “We want to tip the scales to be more balanced with the electoral process.”
He added that a lot of Polish people in the area feel their needs are overlooked by local politicians. Getting more of them involved in the community will hopefully change that perception.
“That way, we will not be overlooked anymore,” Naumowicz said. “Instead, we’ll be seen as an organized force and organized community. That’s what we’re hoping to achieve.”