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Where are the Republicans?

| letters@queenscourier.com

I noticed that “Potentials Eyeing Run for BP” (Terence M. Cullen — July 5) made no mention of any potential Republican candidate for Queens Borough President in 2013.

This could influence the political survival for two of the last Queens Republican elected officials – City Councilmembers Dan Halloran and Eric Ulrich (assuming they do not win their respective upcoming contests for Congress and State Senate this November) or any GOP successor running for their vacant office. Any local GOP NYC Council candidate in 2013 will need strong political coat tails provided by real running mates with both name recognition and funding whose names will appear above them on the ballot for mayor, city comptroller, public advocate and borough president.

There are no serious GOP candidates to date who have declared and started raising money, which is critical if they are to be taken seriously in 2013. As of April, 2012 there are 694,353 Democrats, 132,953 Republicans, 203,141 Blanks (no declared party affiliation), 26,261 Independence, 5,967 Conservative, 3,114 Working Family and 1,011 Green registered voters in Queens.

Any Republican running for Borough President in 2013 would need both name recognition and several million dollars. This is necessary to level the playing field against whomever the Democrats nominate. No wonder the last Republican Borough President was James A. Lundy who served from 1952-1957.

Larry Penner

Great Neck


Queens politicians eyeing run for borough president

| tcullen@queenscourier.com


Although Helen Marshall still has one year left on her third term as borough president, several big names are rumored to be eyeing a run for the job.

Councilmember Peter Vallone said that although he hasn’t made an official announcement yet, he’s seriously considering running for the borough presidency. Vallone, who currently represents Astoria, said he’s been traveling throughout Queens and getting a good reception from residents.

“I’m getting a great reception,” he said. “I am very pleased with the amount of support we’re finding.”

Vallone went on to say he would further his work in the city council if elected borough president.

“I’ve lived every day of my life in Queens,” he said, “and I’ve been fighting for Queens for the last 10 years.”

About $1 million has been raised for Vallone’s campaign, which he said is significantly higher than any other potential candidate.

While State Senator Jose Peralta’s office could not comment as to whether he is considering running, a committee has been formed called “Peralta 2013,” according to the State Board of Elections (BOE). The committee is active and is listed as a local committee for Queens County, said John Conklin, a representative from the BOE.

Another councilmember expected to run is Leroy Comrie, who currently represents the 27th District in the borough.

At deadline, Comrie was not available to discuss his interest in running for the spot. A campaign page on Facebook, however, was created in December 2011.

Others who have been rumored to run for BP were not able to confirm or deny a potential campaign.

Helen Marshall delivers State of the Borough

| brennison@queenscourier.com


During Helen Marshall’s annual address on the state of Queens, the borough president exalted the borough’s successful projects — past, present and future.

“I am so glad that we have gathered here today to celebrate our progress and set the course for the year ahead,” said Marshall to open her 11th State of the Borough address.

Marshall was introduced to the hundreds of elected officials, community leaders and residents on-hand at Queens College’s Colden Center by Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

“We are so incredibly lucky to have Helen as our Queens borough president,” Quinn said. “This is a woman who dedicated her life to this city, life to this borough and we are all better for it.”

Since entering office, Marshall has allocated over half a billion dollars to improving the borough more than 2.2 million New Yorkers call home.

“I have worked hard to put our borough on a firm footing for future generations,” Marshall said during the speech at her alma mater.

Among the successfully completed projects the borough president touched on were the Aqueduct Racino — which received some of the loudest cheers during the 90-minute speech — new and renovated parks in Jamaica, Middle Village, Sunnyside and Elmhurst, four new schools opening and preventing Peninsula Hospital from closing.

When mentioning the planned largest convention center in America on the site of Aqueduct, Marshall made clear that it was in complement to the Willets Point center, not in place of it.

Though Marshall extolled the positives throughout the borough, she recognized there are still battles to be fought.

As the most ethnically diverse county in the nation — “As I always say, visit Queens and see the world,” she said — thousands of new residents from around the globe are making the borough home each year.

“Queens is a victim of its own success,” she said. “Our county attracts new residents and immigrants every year — but not the federal aid needed to build local schools and hospitals to care for them. And then to add insult to injury, we will lose existing aid and representation in Washington because we were undercounted in the census.”

The influx of new residents also leads to overcrowded schools, something the borough president is continuing to work on.

Marshall, who is in her third year of her third term, extolled the burgeoning borough’s plenitude of projects that have broken ground in the past year or are shovel ready, including: Willets Point, Hunters Point, Hallets Point, the new JetBlue headquarters in Long Island City, an expansion of Mount Sinai Queens, and the Cornell applied sciences campus on Roosevelt Island.

“We want to learn from yesterday, have hope for today and build a better future for our children,” Marshall said to conclude her address.

Some other highlights of the speech included:
• Saving senior centers from closure, along with the opening of new centers.
• The continued development of L.I.C, downtown Flushing and downtown Jamaica.
• Securing the continued funding of the State Foreclosure Prevention Services Program
• The renovation and planned renovation of the Jamaica, Elmhurst, Hunters Point and Kew Gardens libraries.
• Preserving historical Queens with money allocated to restore the Poppenhusen Institute, Kingland Homestead, Rufus King Manor, Latimer House, Louis Armstrong House and Bowne House.