Democratic Councilmember Leroy Comrie officially announced his run for Borough President on the steps of Queens Borough Hall, where he was surrounded by friends, family and supporters.
“Queens’ future looks brighter every day,” Comrie said on Monday. “We will seize this unique opportunity to use and build on the energy and vitality of our neighborhoods.”
The City Council Deputy Majority Leader said that as Borough President, he would continue to build coalitions “because they work.” He added that as proof of the success, he has supported affordable housing, made sure small businesses do not get fined for violations they are unaware of and expanded tax exemptions for the disabled and elderly.
“We have made great strides and as Borough President we will have an opportunity to expand our work throughout the borough,” he said.
Supporters at the announcement included clergy leaders from around the borough as well as his wife Marcia Moxam Comrie and their two children, Liana and Benjamin.
Comrie was elected to represent the 27th Council District in 2001 and is currently chair of the Land Use Committee.