New Blood for Queens

TimesLedger Newspapers
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

The drawing of new district lines for the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate brought a new wave of competition to Queens last week, even though turnout on Primary Day was low in many of the borough’s polling stations.

In the newly created 6th Congressional District, state Assemblywoman Grace Meng won in a four-way primary. If she prevails in the general election, she will become the first Asian American in the city’s congressional delegation.

Her victory is seen as an indication of the growing political strength of the city’s Asian-American community.

In addition to Flushing, the district stretches from Fresh Meadows and Bayside to Maspeth, Middle Village and Glendale.

Meng will run against City Councilman Dan Halloran, a Republican who has the support of the Conservative and Libertarian parties in a district where Democrats are predominant.

In another race for a redrawn district, Councilman Charles Barron was defeated by Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries in his bid to represent the voters of Howard Beach, Lindenwood and part of Ozone Park. Barron has staked many of his positions on race, which voters clearly rejected.

In the Ridgewood area, Rep. Nydia Velazquez defeated Councilman Erik Dilan and former Democratic District Leader George Martinez in the 7th Congressional District, despite running without support from the Brooklyn party boss.

On Nov. 7, the Democrats in Congress will face an immediate challenge that was laid out by the Republican Party when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Obamacare. Within hours of the decision, the GOP vowed to take control of Congress in order to repeal the health care reform law.

In a contest that may have national impact, Rep. Bob Turner was beaten by Manhattan lawyer Wendy Long in a three-way Republican primary for the Senate. She will face Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

Like Turner, Long is a favorite of conservatives, who are gaining political power in Nassau County and other parts of the state. Theirs is a voting block that has little sympathy for the concerns of New York City.

But no matter where one stands on the political spectrum, it was a good week for democracy in Queens.

Posted 12:00 am, July 6, 2012
Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook

Don’t miss our updates:

Reader feedback

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.


Do you know a hero of Queens? Nominate a person who has made a difference for the Queens Impact Awards.
Community News Group

Don’t miss out!

Stay in touch with the stories people are talking about in your neighborhood:

Optional: Help us tailor our newsletters to you!