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Borough president candidates pick up endorsements

| tcullen@queenscourier.com


As the candidates start to get out and campaign, the race is heating up for the next Queens borough president.

Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., who has led in terms of fundraising since mid-2012, was the most recent candidate to officially kick off his campaign with an event on Monday, March 11 in his native Astoria. Norman Seabrook, president of the New York City Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association, gave the group’s endorsement at the rally.

Former councilmember and former assemblymember Melinda Katz has picked up the backing of the late former Mayor Ed Koch, and the Rev. Floyd Flake, a former congressmember and current senior pastor of the Greater Allen A. M. E. Cathedral of New York.

“It’s been 20 years,” she said of her relationships and endorsements. “I’ve been extremely fortunate in my life to have made a lot of friends.” As former chair of the Land Use Committee, Katz said she gained considerable experience working with the entire borough, either to preserve neighborhoods or help economic growth in others.

State Senator Jose Peralta, representing mainly Corona, has been an advocate for replenishing portions of his district, particularly developing Willets Point and cleaning up Roosevelt Avenue. Union 32 BJ SEIU endorsed Peralta’s candidacy on Friday, March 8.

“No one fights harder for working families and immigrant New Yorkers than SEIU 32BJ, and I am thrilled that they have joined our campaign,” Peralta said. “The thousands of 32BJ members who live in Queens know that we need new leadership to make sure that every child receives a great public school education, that families have a chance to succeed no matter where they come from, and that no neighborhood or borough is left behind when it comes to city services and public safety.”

Former Deputy Borough President Barry Grodenchik has been backed by Queens-based Local 3 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. “It is an honor to have the support of Local 3, and the thousands of Queens residents that belong to this great union,” Grodenchik said. “Together we’re going to bring hands on, visible leadership, and continue the fight to bring good paying jobs to Queens.”

Representatives for Councilmember Leroy Comrie and State Senator Tony Avella were contacted regarding their races, but did not return calls as of press time.



Candidates release campaign filings for 2013 city, Queens races

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


The city’s Campaign Finance Board (CFB) has posted the following campaign filings for 2013 city and Queens races. More will be trickling in throughout the day.

Candidates collected the following net contributions from January 12 to March 11. Disclosures were due to the CFB today.


  • Joseph Lhota: $731,601
  • John Liu: $105,775
  • John Catsimatidis: $15,950
  • Scott Stringer: $2,550
  • Hilda Broady-Fernandez: $525
  • Philip Marks: $100
  • Kevin Coenen: $0


  • Peter Vallone Jr.: OLD $1,050,646; NEW $22,025
  • Jose Peralta: OLD $134,680; NEW $110,106
  • Barry Grodenchik: OLD $56,773; NEW $48,721
  • Tony Avella: OLD $6,857; NEW $34,216

District 19

  • John Duane: OLD $35,270; NEW $9,190
  • Paul Vallone: OLD $34,700; NEW $4,605
  • Dan Halloran: OLD $24,035; NEW $16,755
  • Matthew Silverstein: OLD $8,654; NEW $703
  • Austin Shafran: $58,802
  • Paul Graziano: $8,760

District 20

  • Peter Koo: OLD $266,190; NEW $30,130

District 22

  • Daniel Peterson: OLD $4,995; NEW $385

District 23

  • Mark Weprin: OLD $137,239; NEW $3,925

District 24

  • Rory Lancman: OLD $85,339; NEW $16,099
  • Andrea Veras: OLD $2,940; NEW $2,710

District 26

  • Jimmy Van Bramer: OLD $111,778; NEW $20,305

District 27

  • Bryan Block: OLD $100; NEW $0
  • Joan Flowers: $8,423

District 28

  • Ruben Wills: OLD $11,510; NEW $725
  • David Kayode: NEW $760

District 29

  • Karen Koslowitz: OLD $57,459; NEW $11,680

District 30

  • Elizabeth Crowley: OLD $132,363; NEW $13,060


Queens’ Morning Roundup

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Tuesday: Partly cloudy in the morning, then overcast. High of 46. Winds from the North at 5 to 15 mph. Tuesday night: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain after midnight. Low of 36. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: 3rd Annual Queens World Film Festival

The 3rd Annual Queens World Film Festival, which brings together international and local filmmakers, will take place from March 5 – March 10 and feature 104 films, with 19 works from Queens. The films include shorts and feature lengths, documentaries, animation, fantasies, LGBT, “regular ol’ boy meets girl” and many more. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Midweek storm threatens tri-state with snow, wind, coastal flooding

A storm is threatening the tri-state Thursday, with two weather models showing two different outcomes for our area. Read more: NBC New York

A Drone? A really big bird? A UFO? What did Alitalia pilot see near JFK?

A mystery in the sky over New York City on Monday got one commercial airline pilot’s attention. Read more: CBS New York

Rev. Floyd Flake endorses Melinda Katz for Queens Borough President

Influential Queens pastor Floyd Flake has thrown his support behind Democratic borough president hopeful Melinda Katz, the Daily News has learned. Read more: New York Daily News

Tot’s killer is caged

An angry judge threw the book at a brutal Queens father yesterday, sentencing him to 5 to 15 years in jail for the violent shaking death of his infant daughter. Read more: New York Post

Arverne by the Sea residents say beach bathrooms are a bad call

Years before surfers and foodies rediscovered Rockaway and made it a hip place to visit, a group of homeowners took a chance. Read more: New York Daily News 

Napolitano: Airports feel impact from spending cuts

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on Monday cautioned airline passengers to get to the airport extra early because U.S. spending cuts have already led to long lines at some security checkpoints, and said the coming furloughs will only make the situation worse. Read more: Reuters 


Queens’ Morning Roundup

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Monday: Partly cloudy in the morning, then clear. High of 48. Winds from the North at 5 to 15 mph. Monday Night: Partly cloudy. Low of 36. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: RGB by Satoshi Tsuchiyama

Inspired by his personal experience with the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, artist Tsuchiyama created two multimedia works, RGB and The Flow and the Geometry. His art is a hybrid of photography, video and installation that explores the notion of uncanny and absurdity in the urban dystopian situation. His solo exhibition will last till March 6 at Resobox in Long Island City. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Person struck at Queens subway station

A person was struck by a subway car in Woodside, Queens on Monday morning. Read more: Fox New York

New poll shows Vallone ahead in crowded field of Queens Borough President candidates

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. is pulling ahead of the pack of Queens Borough President candidates, according to a new poll obtained by the Daily News. Read more: New York Daily News

Man stabbed on subway; at least 3 in custody

A man is in the hospital and at least three people are in custody after a stabbing on the subway. Read more: ABC New York

Trial set to begin in “Cannibal Cop” case

An NYPD officer accused of plotting to cook and eat women is going on trial. Read more: NBC News

“Argo” storms to Oscar victory on night of surprises

“Argo” stormed to Best Picture victory at the Oscars on Sunday on a night of surprises that ended in disappointment for frontrunner “Lincoln” and handed the most overall wins – four – to “Life of Pi.” Read more: Reuters

Pope changes conclave rules; Cardinals can move date

Pope Benedict XVI has changed the rules of the conclave that will elect his successor, allowing cardinals to move up the start date if all of them arrive in Rome before the usual 15-day transition between pontificates. Read more: ABC New York


Follow the money: How much the Queens candidates have raised

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

The Queens Courier compiled a list of net contributions the following candidates running for Borough President and City Council collected during a six-month period ending on January 11, 2013. Data courtesy of the New York City Campaign Finance Board.

Borough President
Peter Vallone Jr.: $1,050,646
Audrey Pheffer: $347,951
Melinda Katz: $299,496
Jose Peralta: $134,680
Leroy Comrie: $61,151*
Barry Grodenchik: $56,773
Tony Avella: $6,857

City Council
District 19
John Duane: $35,270
Paul Vallone: $34,700
Dan Halloran: $24,035
Matthew Silverstein: $8,654
District 20
Peter Koo: $266,190

District 21
Julissa Ferreras: $48,579

District 22
Costa Constantinides: $85,876
Antonio Meloni: $27,798
Daniel Peterson: $4,995

District 23
Mark Weprin: $137,239

District 24
Rory Lancman: $85,339
Martha Taylor: $55,310
Andrea Veras: $2,940
Isaac Sasson: unavailable

District 25
Daniel Dromm: $76,880

District 26
Jimmy Van Bramer: $111,778

District 27
Sondra Peeden: $1,726
Bryan Block: $100

District 28
Ruben Wills: $11,510
David Kayode: unavailable

District 29
Karen Koslowitz: $57,459

District 30
Elizabeth Crowley: $132,363

District 31 (Special Election)
Donovan Richards: $51,745
Michael Duncan: $40,919
Jacques Leandre: $22,045
Selvena Brooks: $17,171
Earnest Flowers: $7,888
Pesach Osina: $7,779
Allan Jennings: $25
Marie Adam-Ovide: unavailable
Saywala Kesselly: unavailable

District 32
Eric Ulrich: $22,625
* as of July 2012