Tony the Tiger
Democratic State Senator Tony Avella is not ready to back his party’s nominee for the City Council seat he once held.
After a corruption scandal felled GOP Councilman Dan Halloran’s political career, Paul Vallone eked out a victory in his eastern Queens district’s Democratic primary contest last month. But Mr. Avella, who had endorsed another Democrat in the race, has mixed feelings about the matter.
Though the Queens Republican Party declared incumbent chairman Phil Ragusa the victor in a tense leadership vote last week, insurgent candidate Bob Turner is not backing down yet.
The former congressman–like past challengers of Mr. Ragusa–is claiming he won the election and is hoping to invalidate his opponent’s victory in court.
king of queens
Former Congressman Bob Turner has failed to take over the Queens Republican Party, losing by a larger-than-expected margin to current chairman Phil Ragusa.
Former Congressman Bob Turner is running to become chair of the Queens Republican Party today, setting up a bitter clash with chairman Phil Ragusa, sources say.
When the Queens Democratic Party announced it would be endorsing Councilwoman Tish James in the runoff election for public advocate, the crowd suddenly got much smaller.
Quinn in Queens
How times have changed.
Councilman James Gennaro, once a fierce backer of Council Speaker Christine Quinn and an even fiercer critic of her old rival, Bill de Blasio, is now one of the presumptive Democratic nominee’s biggest fans.
According to recent polls, former mayoral front-runner Christine Quinn is in trouble. Some now have her in third place–trailing Public Advocate Bill de Blasio by as many as 15-points–and even ardent supporters seem genuinely concerned that she might not make the expected runoff following next Tuesday’s primary.
But Ms. Quinn on Monday seemed as confident as ever as she campaigned in Astoria, Queens, following the West Indian Day Parade. Dressed in bright pink pants, a t-shirt and sandals, Ms. Quinn greeted excited voters in the immigrant-heavy neighborhood who repeatedly assured the candidate she’d do just fine.
Newspaper editorial boards have not been especially kind to ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer and his return to politics.
The New York Times, New York Post and Daily News all enthusiastically endorsed rival Scott Stringer for comptroller last week, with the two tabloids using extensive editorial space–including their covers- to excoriate Mr. Spitzer over his gubernatorial record and infamous prostitution scandal.
But one Queens weekly, at least, is reversing the trend.
exiting stage right
Melinda Katz scored the endorsement of 1199 SEIU today, adding to her bevy of labor support in the race for Queens borough president.
Ms. Katz’s campaign touted the union’s endorsement–they represent more than 200,000 healthcare workers in the city, many black and Latino–as further evidence that crucial minority voters will back her and not her rival, Councilman Peter Vallone Jr.
In a surprise move, State Senator Tony Avella announced this afternoon he will drop out of the Queens borough president’s race, setting up a two-way slugfest between former Councilwoman Melinda Katz and Councilman Peter Vallone Jr.
“After much thought and consideration, I have decided to withdraw from the Queens Borough President race,” Mr. Avella said in a statement. “This was certainly not an easy decision and I am eternally grateful for the overwhelming amount of support I received from people throughout Queens.”