Race Overview: Queens Borough President
Also appearing on the General Election ballot:
Seth Galinsky (Socialist Workers Party)
Melinda Katz is the Democratic nominee for Queens Borough President, besting Peter Vallone Jr 44% to 34%
With the recent exit of State Senator Tony Avella from the race for Queens Borough President, the Democratic field has narrowed to City Council Member Peter Vallone Jr. and former City Council Member Melinda Katz. Over the past few months, Katz and Vallone have watched as Avella, Leroy Comrie, Barry Grodenchik, and Jose Peralta all removed themselves from the race, leaving the two Queens power houses to battle it out for the Democratic nomination and the chance to face Republican Tony Arcabscio in the general election.
Katz has accumulated a wealth of high-profile endorsements including the late Mayor Ed Koch, 32 BJ/SEIU, UFCW Local 1500, and the Working Families Party, among many others. Katz has also enjoyed success at raising funds for her campaign, coming in just behind Vallone.
Despite not having received the QBP endorsement from the Queens County Democrats, Vallone has remained relevant in the race with the largest coffer to rely on, as well as his strong name-recognition. As Chair of the Public Safety Committee and vocal supporter of the NYPD, Vallone has also been afforded plenty of citywide media attention due to his criticism of, as well as subsequent votes against, the recent police oversight legislation passed by the City Council (though he did not vote for or against overriding the mayor’s vetoes of the two bills due to a family trip and, likely, his belief that his votes would not stop the overrides from happening, which they did). Such actions have helped to keep Vallone in the news, but time will tell if his condemnation of the controversial bills alienates many Queens voters.
Also in the race is Democrat and businessman Everly Brown, though he has not been seen much on the campaign trail.
See below for our coverage of Queens BP events and see our endorsements spreadsheet for more detailed accounting of union and club endorsements in this race and others.
Two Nights in the Queens BP Raceby David Baily & Andrew Bailyn Last week saw two major candidate forums in the Queens Borough President race, which has five Democratic candidates and one Republican in the field. Here’s our account of the two events, which took place on June 5th and 6th, at the Flushing Library and the Museum of the Moving Image, respectively: The June 5th Queens Borough President (QBP) candidate-
The Queens BP Candidates on Sustainability – Which is what?by Samantha Perez On Monday, June 8th, the New York League of Conservation Voters, along with the Jackson Heights Beautification Group, hosted the first Queens Borough President Forum on sustainability in Jackson Heights, Queens. Issues concerning the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, land usage in Flushing, and the creation of a borough-specific sustainability agenda were among the prevailing issues-
Katz Overtakes Vallone, Readies for Queens BP Generalby Andrew Bailyn Former Assembly and Council Member Melinda Katz won the Democratic primary in the race for Queens Borough President, and will take on Republican candidate Tony Arcabascio in November’s general election. Katz defeated her closest runner-up up, Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., by attaining roughly 45% of the vote to Vallone’s 34%. At its largest, the Democratic field of-