Category Archive: Endorsement

Sep 04 2014

Vote Ramos for District Leader

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Vote Ramos Sept. 9th.

UPDATE: Due to legal action, Jessica Ramos has dropped her bid for District leader. Her name will not appear on the September ballot.

District leaders are the rock of the Democratic Party, you’d be lucky to have one like Jessica Ramos in your community.

A good District leader is the first point of contact on the ground level with voters. The position is one of four that represent assembly districts in Queens, consisting of two men and two women.

No, they aren’t paid positions, they are strictly volunteers, but the best of which harness their energy and activism and do something productive  that helps improve the quality of life of people in their district. District Leaders don’t even introduce legislation on the floor, but they can lobby for it, and the title often lends a bit of credibility to their particular cause.

District leaders typically do not have a one size fits all characteristic, rather individuals make of it what they can. Some District leaders make a positive difference in their communities, or become labor leaders, even a steam valve for the entire neighborhood, while others don’t even seem to live in their district, or are appointed in absentia.

Take for example, Jessica Ramos, a Cornell graduate, who, at 29, for the past four years has served as a model Democratic District leader in the 39th Assembly District Part A which covers parts of Jackson Heights and Elmhurst. 

Ramos is a labor leader, an advocate for women, a community organizer, she’s fought for immigration reform and LGBT rights, and she’s even worked on historic elections, but for whatever reason, Ramos is running without party support.

Despite carrying her own petition, Ramos received numerous endorsements from unions and Democratic clubs — like one of the largest in central Queens, The New Visions Democratic Club —  including the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1500. So to some people, you’ll always be District leader, even if you had to carry your own petition.

For her remarkable independence, her resolve in the face of adversity, and her genuine commitment to Queens County, Queens-Politics proudly endorses Jessica Ramos for District leader.

Political parties tend to shy away from costly District leader primaries, but sometimes it’s unavoidable. But once you do win, with or without Party support, you’re back in, and within two years you’re running on the slate again (hopefully doing the right thing in your neighborhood).

The point is, if you know a Jessica Ramos in your neighborhood, please vote for her on September 9th, it will be the best decision you’ve made in a long time.

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Sep 03 2014

Queens-Politics Endorses John Liu for State Senate

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Queens needs John Liu

It’s time to win back Senate District 11. Vote John Liu on Primary Day.

In one of the most contentious primaries in the city, Senate District 11 has seen more than its fair share of coverage, insight, and gossip across every possible medium. We’re almost all famous. Anyway, those of us familiar with the voting public in District 11 know that John Liu is simply loved. Yes, loved. And for good reason. He’s intelligent, charming, and approachable and he would make a perfect fit in Albany.

However, the same cannot be said for his opponent who is known to mean vindictive, and outright nasty — even on the job.

There’s merit to the argument that says you need to be able to politic in politics to get anything done, but Tony Avella is just not that kind of guy. Rather, he’s the guy who takes it too far and would be better off as an environmental activist.

While both Liu and Avella have impressive records — and trust us when we say Tony Avella has a ton of baggage that’s hardly ever mentioned out there — but that’s not the point now, the point is to question who will really serve the district better in Albany, is it the guy who hates everyone or the guy that everyone loves?

It’s not rocket science folks. John Liu wins in this category, not to mention he’s the best Comptroller this city has ever seen, after all he did save the city’s pension funds.

For these reasons, Queens-Politics would like to urge all our readers to pick up the phone and call or text your friends and family in District 11 and tell them to vote for John Liu for state Senate.

The Democratic Primary will be held Tuesday, September 9th. Check your poll site here. District 11 includes the neighborhoods of Auburndale, College PointWhitestoneBaysideLittle NeckDouglastonFloral Park, Beechhurst, Malba, parts of Jamaica, Oakland Gardens, Glen Oaks, and Flushing.

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Sep 02 2014

Queens-Politics Endorses Tim Wu for Lt. Governor

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We need more pragmatists in Albany like Tim Wu.

Queens stand up and vote Tim Wu for Lt. Governor!

It’s always good to have someone in office that hails from the same part of town as you do, it’s even better because they tend to have the same values. These aren’t values formed on the political trail, but rather from their environment, their background, and upbringing. In all these cases, one immutable fact emerges: that we, as residents of NYC, will better represented by Tim Wu as our Lieutenant Governor rather than Kathy Hochul.

Wu is a Columbia law professor, an academic, a pragmatic liberal which are few and far between in such high office. Let’s be clear: Wu is a bit different from his opponent, in fact he’s very different. His work in the world of academia is far-reaching into cyberspace exploring the fine points of net neutrality and telecommunications protocol and yet, despite the high-minded rhetoric of academia, you’re constantly assailed by the notion that Wu is writing down what you have always known, except that you’ve never thought of it. Let’s call him the benevolent professor.

And this is what makes Wu a natural pragmatist– he’ll reject unpractical ideas and accept good ones, if it works satisfactorily.

No, we’ve never met Wu, but anyone of us could have easily run into him at a Starbucks, heard him at a lecture, missed the same train, spoke with him at a networking event, or just passed him on the L.I.E, either way– Kathy Hochul, is at best a gun nut “Democrat” from upstate. She’s not NYC– Tim Wu is, and that’s why he needs our vote.

Is Wu’s campaign a long shot? Perhaps. But Wu is full of surprises. Just last week, he won the endorsement of The New York Times as well as other left-of-center groups as they criticized Hochul’s past opposition to state aid for illegal aliens and her 100 percent rating from the National Rifle Association, according to the New York Post.

Naturally, Wu has an outsider’s edge in the race, but his real appeal is the chance to bring a public advocate into the hallowed halls of Albany, especially if his running mate, Zephyr Teachout doesn’t win. Now we all know today’s reformer is tomorrow’s hack, Brooklyn boss Meade Esposito used to say, so we know there must be compromise in order to get anything done, but who better for reaching compromise and a middle ground than a benevolent professor? That is why we endorse Tim Wu for Lt. Governor.

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Vote Tim Wu on Primary Day.

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Sep 06 2013

Final Thoughts: GOTV Weekend Edition

Once more unto the breach, dear friends… -Henry V

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Me and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.

It’s certainly been an adventure so far in this electoral season to say the least. As the candidates gear up for one last push to consolidate their voting blocs, Queens-Politics continues to ponder the possibilities that Tuesday’s Primary results will present us with.

So without further adieu, here are my suggestions to help guide you through this process. 

Hailing from North Queens, I’ve kept a watchful eye on the developments in Council District 19 because it’s important to me, it’s home. The real race comes down between two candidates: community activist Paul Vallone, whom I fully support, and a trained operative and spin doctor named Austin Shafran. This weekend, Shafran will be making his final push to concentrate the Jewish voting bloc by emphasizing his Jewish heritage – sort of ironic for a man who graduated St. Francis Prep and was married in a Catholic church, but I digress. Did I mention Shafran received money from special interests yet held a press conference to denounce such contributions and outside spending?

He’s really worried Vallone is going to win this thing, and I can’t blame him. Despite the misleading blog headlines, Vallone ran a completely positive campaign. Sure, this statement will certainly raise eyebrows on the blogs (which have apparently aligned themselves against Vallone and for lobbyist Paul Graziano) but the whole Jobs For NY issue was NOT connected to his campaign, after all that’s illegal. The powers that be behind the real estate backed PAC independently sent mailers which offended the delicate sensibilities of candidates who obviously could not handle the heat in the kitchen to face the truth about themselves: you can’t have a seedy past and expect to come up smelling like roses. Ignoring these issues is a disservice to the electorate. In politics your record will be challenged and sometimes it’s just not pretty. I believe it’s all part of the vetting process and definitely not for the feint of heart. I’ve faced it myself despite not running for public office and I took it all in stride. If I can do it, so can they. But never in my life have I witnessed such two-faced bigotry from questionable candidates who have fallen to the wayside and become desperate for a headline.  And it got even worse on TV. On the NY1 debate, to which everyone of Vallone’s opponents united against him in attack mode, all I saw was a bunch of insecure politicians that ganged up on the frontrunner and showed the public one thing: Paul Vallone will be the very best candidate for the 19th City Council district. 

As for Queens Borough President, it’s well known that I’m supporting Peter Vallone Jr. and as of now – despite not having the County’s endorsement – it looks like he could win, that is, if enough votes are pulled out. Name recognition credit goes to Vallone, as well as his unwavering support of public safety issues. Queens will be a safer place with Peter Vallone as Borough President. Did we mention the NY POST just endorsed him as well as the PBA?

Comptroller? I’m going to go with Eliot Spitzer, and I’ll even go as far as to say he will win Queens just based on name recognition. After all, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer has never come around to these parts. No one here has ever heard of him and that’s got to mean something.

Public Advocate? We’ve endorsed Cathy Guerriero. Cathy has also been endorsed by practically every law enforcement union in the city, and for good reason. The office of Public Advocate is not meant to be held by a career politician. The Public Advocate is the city’s chief ombudsman – and we need someone in there who’s outside the scope of politics and unafraid to call people out, cut the red tape and do the job well. Hailing from the outer boroughs, Cathy knows the issues important to Queens. That’s why I chose Cathy and I hope you do too.

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Borough President candidate Peter Vallone Jr. and Bill Thompson.

Now I’ve helped out on elections across NYC and I’ve become quite familiar with poll site politics. Poll workers are political hires. They have allegiance to their District Leaders, whom in turn have their allegiance to the County organization (not all but most). In recent elections, there were instances when newly registered voters were told by poll workers they “accidentally” showed up at the wrong poll site and were redirected (sometimes across town). Upon arriving at the new site, they were told yet again they’re in the wrong place and they simply gave up at that point. And who could blame them? Some of these voters were even mailed the wrong poll site location from the BOE. It certainly has the makings of a conspiracy theory.

In NY politics, voters are easily disenfranchised especially if your recognized as supporting another candidate running against a County candidate at the polls; they just don’t want your vote to count and it’s hard to prove. As voters, our only defense is to be armed with knowledge and insist on an Affidavit ballot to protect our vote and mitigate any political factors that may have come into play at the polling site.

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Me and Comptroller John Liu.

I can’t honestly go on and accurately predict results because this season there’s too many factors and variables to take into consideration which change minute to minute. My only hope is that people like you will take my suggestions on candidates who have proven themselves to be strong advocates for Queens and cast your ballots accordingly. Now, it may be unscientific, but it’s what’s best for our borough (and yet still more scientific than some of the polls I’ve read), which is my guiding philosophy. Ultimately, neither official polls nor unofficial ones can truly say what will happen with certainty this year. However, the unpredictable nature of this primary election has not stopped a seemingly endless array of pundits, wonks, and psychics from bombarding the airwaves with their half-witted predictions. So who will be the predictive champion? Time will tell.

Yes, our posting schedule is quite random but Queens-Politics is here to stay. So check back often for the unfiltered commentary and if you have a tip email info@queens-politics.com. Again, no matter whom you choose, it’s time to get out the vote.

Polls are open from 6 AM – 9 PM.

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Aug 27 2013

Paul Vallone Is The Best Choice For City Council District 19

 

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Paul stands out from the rest. Vote Paul Vallone on Sept. 10th.

The people of northeast Queens will be best served by Paul Vallone as our next City Councilman. That’s why we’re proud to endorse him in his run for City Hall.

Paul has a long history of service to this community in a plethora of leadership roles from civic activism to parish volunteerism. His law office on Francis Lewis Blvd. is more like a community center. People in this community already know they are welcome in a place that will try it’s hardest to be your advocate and to lend a helping hand.

An attorney by trade, Vallone is soft-spoken, intelligent and humble — qualities not always on display in the City Council chambers at 260 Broadway. He’s smart, confident, and ready to lead.

Building better communities where all people — from grandparents to kids — can safely live, work and play requires elected officials who champion integrity and responsibility to the community first and foremost. Vallone, with his undeniable history of community service and commitment to neighborhood safety issues best exemplifies these qualities which were recently recognized by endorsements from the City’s top law enforcement unions including: The Patrolmen Benevolent Association, The Sergeants, The Corrections, The Captains, The Lieutenants, The Detectives, and The Fire Marshals Benevolent Associations – just to name a few.

Civic leaders from across the district have also recognized Paul Vallone as an asset to the community. Neighborhood organization presidents like Warren Schreiber and Devon O’ Connor including CB11 Chair Jerry Iannece, as well as every elected official from Congresswoman Grace Meng to District Leader Mary Ann Dorsa (including the entire Queens County Democratic Organization) have all endorsed Paul Vallone as the best choice for District 19.

Small businesses makeup the core of the economic engine in District 19. Small businesses provide jobs, and CD19 is the perfect place to incubate these businesses and help them grow. In these tough economic times we can’t afford punitive fees that hit those that can least afford them. That’s why we need a candidate with the experience of a small businesses owner to represent the interests of small businessmen in City Hall. Paul’s commitment to small businesses has already earned him the nod from The Murray Hill Business Association and The Flushing Chinese Business Association, including The Presidents Co-Op & Condo Council– just to name a few organizations that have recognized Vallone through their respective endorsements as the best of six candidates in this competitive primary election.

In less than two weeks, we have a real opportunity to influence what happens in our community, to have a say in the direction our future will collectively take. It does not get any more representative than this. Do not waste this chance because the chance becomes only more and more distant as time goes on. We hope you vote. We hope you participate. We hope you make your voice heard in your community to elect an independent voice into City Hall that will always be accountable to the people. Most importantly, we hope you make your choice based on this notion: This is not a choice between Democrats, this is a choice between bringing our community into the future or lagging behind.

On September 10th Vote Paul Vallone For City Council. Happy voting, everyone.

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Aug 27 2013

Queens-Politics Endorses Cathy Guerriero For NYC Public Advocate

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Queens voters will be best served with Cathy Guerriero as our next Public Advocate.

It’s not often you’ll hear a candidate speak the truth or confront problems head-on and offer innovative solutions with out of the box yet plausible thinking. It’s even less often to see a candidate with the right combination of life experience, hands on skills, and academic background to confront the problems we face as New Yorkers.

In NYC politics you must be willing to fight for what’s right. That’s why we’re proud to endorse Cathy Gurrerio for Public Advocate. She’ll bring the right set of skills to the table, but most of all we feel she’s the best choice to represent the people of Queens in City Hall.

Following her campaign these past few months, one fact becomes clear: Guerriero is not afraid to tell it how it is.

Now the Public Advocate’s race has been somewhat overshadowed by the Mayor and Comptroller’s race but this election is just as important, if not more. The Public Advocate, or the Chief Ombudsman, is responsible for presiding over City Council meetings and processing and investigating citizen complaints. They also have the power of the bully pulpit to which they can use to provide a watchdog function in city government. Now the powers are very broad, the office has the latitude to sit a lame duck or the city’s chief ombudsman. The office of Public Advocate in NYC is very much what you make of it, and Cathy Guerriero will bring the right mindset and qualifications to make the most of it.

While her opponents have run dynamic campaigns, we regard Cathy as the far more qualified candidate.

As New Yorkers, we’re going to need someone in the PA’s office that comes from the grassroots (and is not a career politician) in order to keep the Mayor, the Comptroller and the City Council all in check. We’re going to need an advocate that will standup when others sit down. That’s why we’re proud to endorse Cathy Guerriero. As voters, we need to make sure that the Public Advocate’s office is about helping people, and we now have the candidate that we know will do exactly that.

Cathy has a great shot at winning; she’s been endorsed by the largest voting blocs in Queens (she’s been very busy networking) and practically every union in the city. If people like us take our friends, our neighbors, our family to the polls — then we can make sure that Cathy Guerriero becomes our next Public Advocate.

We hope that you will make every effort you can to support this reform-minded candidate in her run for public office, and help return the reins of city government back to the working class. On September 10, we hope you will vote for Cathy Guerriero to become our next Public Advocate.

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Jul 30 2013

Peter Vallone Jr. Is The Best Choice For Borough Prez

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Peter Vallone Jr. is by far the best choice. As Councilman, many of his bills which have become law have had a positive effect on the lives of all Queens residents – all 2.25 million of us.

With the Primary election just a few weeks away, we’re asking all of our readers to cast their ballot for Peter Vallone for Queens Borough President. 

While many critics can argue against the need of a Borough President, it is the position of this blog that the office of Borough President will lead Queens into the future, if elected into the right hands. 

While every candidate has his or her detractors, Vallone has generally impressed during the 11 years he represented the 22nd District on the City Council. He’s been a constant advocate against cuts to law enforcement and first responders thus making sure that all of us are safe at home. And he’s been a vocal proponent making sure Queens receives it’s fair share of resources from Albany and Washington.

Most recently he’s secured funding to help rebuild the shattered Rockaways. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

We could post for days trying to cover his legislative accomplishments, but everyone in the political world knows anyone can be “electable” –if they are able to target and pull those out who will support that specific candidate. It’s a double-edged sword. Indeed, a less qualified candidate has a shot at winning using the formula: target, target, target & pull.

In closed primary elections, it’s the attentive elite which decide the outcome. A majority of the electorate will not return to the polls until 2016 (to vote for Hillary Clinton, or Governor Chris Christie for example) so in the meantime (in ballpark average) 10% of an ED will turn out, making your vote absolutely critical – much more so than any Presidential election (just ask some of the Council candidates that lost by one or two votes this year). We believe the importance here is for you, the voter, to make an informed and independent decision and encourage your neighbors to do the same.

Surely, we’re preaching to the choir but that’s the value of our endorsement: encouraging independent decisions. Our goal, when we’re not too much on our high horse, is to inform and influence your thinking, and encourage a course of action we believe is for the betterment of Queens. 

Long term, the city faces deep and serious financial problems which won’t bode well for us.
 To counter this our next Borough President must find avenues for growth. And from the perspective of city government, this involves reaching out and generating confidence in what Borough Hall does. Peter Vallone has this ability. The other candidates are short on skills, solutions or both. Tony Avella and Melinda Katz lack a clear vision for how they’d transform their ambitions for Queens into reality.

Now we choose the candidates we support with great care. After all, if we’re giving them our endorsement, we want to be very sure that we support candidates who have the strongest potential to be champions for Queens. With that being said, our choice is clear, it’s Peter Vallone; he’s sharp as a tack and loud as an air horn. He’s got the experience, skills, and ideas that best match the challenges ahead.

We’re asking all Democrats on September 10th to bring a friend, a neighbor, or family member and cast a ballot for our future, for our next Borough President, Peter Vallone.

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