Beginning his professional career driving a bus in Southeast Queens, Daneek benefited from the opportunities being a public employee gives people. He has worked to not only ensure those benefits continue but to also enhance them. Before becoming a public official, Daneek rose through the ranks of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1056, eventually becoming its President. During his tenure, he negotiated the first paid family leave policy in the country, and by bringing together other ATU locals, he increased and restored bus service for residents.
His advocacy for transportation equity for residents in the district and across the City brought together elected officials, business advocates, and local organizations to reduce travel times for residents in transit deserts. As a result, the MTA plans to pilot the Freedom Ticket, allowing Southeast Queens residents to ride the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) for a reduced fare and freely transfer to a bus or subway. This will reduce travel time from Southeast Queens to downtown and midtown Manhattan by half. Daneek’s Commuter Van Reform Act aims to make the commuter van industry safer and more efficient, while increasing enforcement and doubling fines for illegal van operations.
Daneek's voice has also netted real improvements to our district's streets, including the long-overdue repaving of Jamaica Avenue, and safety improvements to Hillside and Jamaica Avenues.