Koo comes out swinging against Tan

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City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) is not mincing words about his opponent for City Council, whom he called an “angry mom” and compared to President Donald Trump.

Koo is running for his third term against an unlikely competitor, Alison Tan, wife of state Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing), the managing director of Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group and a CB 7 board member.

But according to Koo, he is not worried about Tan and said he is running his campaign on his record and his achievements of the last eight years, something he believes gives him a leg up.

“My opponent has limited experience and limited contributions to Flushing,” Koo said. “She only decided to run just four months ago. She is attacking me on almost everything. She’s saying Flushing is too dirty, too congested, overdeveloped, but I don’t think so.”

Many were surprised when Tan decided to run against Koo, especially given Kim’s friendship with Koo. Kim had even endorsed the councilman for re-election prior to his wife’s announcement that she would challenge Koo.

“Me and Ron Kim, we were friends for a long time,” Koo said in an interview. “Then he turned around and asked his wife to run against me. I don’t know what is wrong with him. Two months before his wife decided to run, he supported my re-election, He called me the ‘Mayor of Flushing.’”

Koo said he and Kim are now cordial at social functions, but they are no longer friends.

According to the councilman, he plans on continuing the work he has already done in the last eight years, mainly building Flushing’s infrastructure, improving traffic and clean up Flushing Creek.

“Flushing is developing,” he said. “The infrastructure is very important. Right now I’m focusing on the Main Street reconstruction. It’s set to be finished in a month and pedestrians will have lots of room to walk and traffic will be better, of course. We are also working with the DOT and other entities to improve traffic patterns, to make sure buses can turn the corner 37th Avenue. There is so much room for improvement, that also includes sanitation, but we’re always improving. Tan said Flushing is so terrible, but if it was so terrible, why do people keep moving in to Flushing?”

Koo said Tan lacks any experience to come up with real solutions for the district.

“My opponent, she hasn’t done anything in government,” he said. “There’s a huge learning curve, even if she is elected. She is just power hungry, she already makes enough money. She thinks just like Donald Trump: She has experience in the real estate industry and is in the political circle. She needs some power to accommodate her financial success.”

Koo said he will continue to help out Flushing community in terms of education, public safety, traffic and small businesses.

He said Tan does not have anything but anger to run on and that will not get her far.

“I’m a humble, modest guy, unless people are attacking me,” he said. “An angry mom can’t accomplish much. In the City Council you have to compromise. It’s about give-and-take, not about being angry all the time in order to accomplish anything.”

Reach Gina Martinez by e-mail at or by phone at (718) 260–4566.

Posted 12:00 am, September 4, 2017
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confetti politics from NYC says:
Sorry, Koo-Koo ole bud but it was people such as Pres. Trump who allowed your immigrant family members into our nation in the first place. As proven by their history, Democrats would have preferred to keep them enslaved.
Sept. 4, 2017, 4 am
Barbara from Flushing says:
koo's only record is being the worst councilmember in NYC. He's delusional to say that Flushing is not overdeveloped. Glad a young mom is challenging him. My family and neighbors are rooting for Alison.
Sept. 4, 2017, 9:45 am
Long time homeowner in Flushing from Flushing says:
Mr. Koo - if everything is so wonderful in Flushing, why is there a need for an angry mom?
Sept. 4, 2017, 9:51 am
LIRR commuter from Flushing says:
Peter Koo - I am not sure what is worse, the graffiti, garbage, rickety steps/platform, cr men urinating at the LIRR station at Main Street. A strong well educated mom that you helped to make angry has my vote!
Sept. 4, 2017, 10:01 am
Insulted working mother from Flushing says:
"Give and take"??? Does Peter Koo have any idea what kind of experience and skills it takes to be a Managing Director in business? Koo''s comments insult every woman with his lack of knowledge about professional business working wives and mothers. Of course I support Alison Tan and cannot wait to vote for her on September 12!
Sept. 4, 2017, 11:07 am
Tom from Queens says:
Flushing is not overdeveloped--yet. it is however, dirty and congested. Not as dirty as say 10 years ago but definitely more congested. At this point it would be foolish to not just go all the way and develop Flushing into a major economic hub.

I don't care for Koo or Tan, but I would certainly question the character and ethics of a guy like Kim and and his wife if they so openly and suddenly turned on him after being friends/allies for so long.
Sept. 4, 2017, 2:31 pm
Madalein from North Flushing says:
Tom - there are always two sides to every story. We are only hearing one side in this article.
Sept. 4, 2017, 6:36 pm
CattleMan from Queens says:
Mr. Koo has a very long history of having contempt for women. This character defect is his own business though shouldn't be displayed in public.
Sept. 5, 2017, 4:32 am
Maria from Broadway-Flushing says:
I have always had respect for Councilmember Koo -
but, oh my goodness, his negative comments about Alison Tan are truly embarrassing and shocking. I had no idea he felt this way about women. Is this 1917 or 2017? I believe Peter Koo has made many, many additional voters very angry indeed with these comments.
Sept. 5, 2017, 1:13 pm
Kevin Hong from Flushing says:
“I don’t want to be a nice person,” she said. “I want to be a Council member in the City Council and a force to be reckoned with as an angry mom. And that’s why I hope that I can count on your support.”
Sept. 5, 2017, 8:35 pm
Kevin Hong from Flushing says:
Alison Tan describes City Council member Peter Koo as a “nice person” but she, on the other hand, doesn’t “want to be a nice person. I want to be a Council member in the City Council and a force to be reckoned with as an angry mom.” That, according to Ryan Brady of Queens Chronicle, is how she announced her run for Koo’s seat in the upcoming Democratic primary for the 20th district on Sept. 12.
Sept. 5, 2017, 8:36 pm
Marilyn B. from Bayside says:
Didn't she call herself "angry mom" when announcing to run?
Sept. 6, 2017, 9:05 am
Constance Goodman from Flushing says:
This article is so misleading. Koo didn't call her an "Angry Mom." He was repeating the term she has been using since her announcement at CB7 to describe herself! Ever time she gets the opportunity, she says "Im running because I'm an angry mom." This article makes it sounds like Koo just suddenly came up with the term on his own, which is baloney and bad reporting. But of course, she's jumping all over it. Good job taking sides TL.
Sept. 6, 2017, 10:46 am
Joe Mac from Linden says:
It was Peter who inappropriately stated an "angry mom can't accomplish much" while Alison is proud to be an angry mom who's sick & tired of the declining quality of life in district 20. Peter's people are trying their best to make it seem like this is about the term "angry mom" while neglecting to address Peter's sexist statement that angry moms are unfit for public office. Here's the most accurate & truthful article about this race, uninfluenced by special interests or biased leanings by publications who are making $$ of this election cycle:
Sept. 6, 2017, 12:11 pm
Artie from Flushing says:
Because of a term limit loophole, Peter Koo is eligible to run again. Eight years is enough. The only good thing is that District 20 finally has a primary for voters who decide who will best represent them - it's time for a change. The quality of life has deteriorated in Flushing, regardless of how many shiny new buildings are built. The current motto now, worry later. Maybe our district needs somehow who is angry enough and willing to roll up her sleeves and do something about it! Enough is enough...our district needs new energy and fresh ideas. Alison Tan has my vote!
Sept. 6, 2017, 12:31 pm
susana from Flushing says:
A person jumps into race without a long serving heart is turely qualified? She describs Flushing such a terrible place to live and work, I am wondering does Alison Tan means her husband also disqualified at his seat too? Flushing is also part of Ron Kim's district.
Sept. 7, 2017, 12:49 pm
Artie from Flushing says:
Susana - I think you are confusing city and state matters. Most of the issues we face every day are the responsibility of the New York City Council. These include sanitation, fire department, police department, City Planning, parks department, zoning issues, etc. It is very important to have good representation in the City Council. We already have good representation at the state level. I support Alison Tan because Flushing needs new energy and new ideas. She is a well educated and successful business person. Most important, she is a good parent - these qualities make her a winning candidate. She will do a good job for Flushing. Much success to Alison Tan in the primary on September 12!
Sept. 8, 2017, 12:53 am

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