Cuomo endorses Queens candidates

Governor Cuomo has endorsed Koo, Adams and Crowley for City Council.
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has come out in support of five Democratic candidates for City Council from his home borough in the upcoming September primaries.

The governor, usually restrained about making political endorsements, backed Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing), Elizabeth Crowley (D-Maspeth) and Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) for re-election, Adrienne Adams to replace Ruben Wills in Jamaica, and Francisco Moya to take over after Councilwoman Julissa Copeland-Ferraras (D-Corona) decided not to seek re-election. He has not publicly endorsed candidates running in any other borough or the mayoral race.

Koo is running against Alison Tan, the managing director of Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group, CB 7 board member and wife of state Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing). Cuomo said he has worked with Koo since his time as president of the Flushing Chinese Business Association.

“Now more than ever, we need local leaders who fight for their communities on the issues that matter,” Cuomo said. “From fighting for affordable housing and against pollution in local waterways, Council member Koo works hard to ensure the interests of his community are represented at the City Council.”

Cuomo is backing Moya to represent District 21 in the City Council. Moya is in a heated race against the former Councilman and state Sen. Hiram Monserrate, who was forced to leave politics following a felony conviction for stealing money from a non-profit in his district to finance an election campaign. Cuomo said Moya is a proven leader for Central Queens and that his opponent’s actions have disqualified him from public service.

“From partnering with me to pass a $15 minimum wage, stronger rent laws and immigrant protections, as well as the Women’s Equality Act and critically important criminal justice reforms, Assemblyman Moya has worked to move New York forward,” Cuomo said. “Contrasted with Hiram Monserrate’s shameful record of domestic violence and abusing the public trust, the choice could not be more clear. I’m proud to endorse Francisco Moya for City Council in the 21st District and I know he will continue to be a true champion of Democratic values.”

Cuomo is also supporting Adrienne Adams to represent District 28, where Ruben Wills was recently convicted of state corruption charges and forced to give up his Council seat. Adams is chairwoman of CB12 and has worked with Cuomo on his $10 million Downtown Jamaica Revitalization Initiative. Adams is running against public defender Hettie Powell and public sector worker Richard David.

“Public service begins at the local level, working to address the concerns of residents and build a stronger community,” Cuomo said. “This is what sets Adrienne Adams apart as a leader in her community and as a candidate for City Council.”

Cuomo has also thrown his support behind Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village), who is running against Juniper Park Civic Association President Bob Holden. Cuomo said that Crowley has fought for Queens families for over a decade.

“She has fought and secured education funding so that public schoolchildren are guaranteed a better, brighter future,” the governor said. “She has prevented the closure of local firehouses and stood up for New York’s Bravest in their times of need. Most of all, Elizabeth has served as mentor and inspiration to countless women and aspiring officeholders across the city through her work to ensure local government reflects all the voices of the community. I know that, with four more years, Elizabeth Crowley will continue to deliver for the 30th District, and I’m proud to endorse her candidacy.”

Cuomo has backed Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) in the September primaries as well. He is running against Bayside activist Paul Graziano. Cuomo said the families of northeast Queens deserve a council member they can be proud of and one who can be counted on to represent their values, keep delivering their fair share and lead by example.

“Council member Vallone has led the fight to increase programming for our senior population and his ability to successfully advocate for his constituents has resulted in countless improvements for our public safety, parks and schools. There is no question that he is the right choice for Council member,” he said. “With four more years, Paul Vallone will continue to unite northeast Queens, and I’m proud to endorse his candidacy in the district I used to call home.”

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

Updated 1:28 pm, September 15, 2017
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cuomo the robber baron from Queens says:
Cuomo is as corrupt as the day is long. Any endorsements coming from this inept slob translates to those candidates carrying his torch. NY has been on the downhill for a very long time and should have capable leadership. The grasping Cuomo and his steal-from-the-people accomplices cannot and will not provide us with that ever. You are who you hang out with.
Sept. 10, 2017, 4:57 am
Maxie from Queens says:
I saw that guy Haram Mr.Rat that looks Moe from the 3 Stooges in Seba Seba. He took an arepa of a woman's plate while she wasnt looking and just starting eating it while she was on line to make her coffee.

The guy stole food off a strangers plate... wow. I mean its not like it was a hundred grand on the counter like when he when he went to prison. I heard someone ask him if its true he wet the bed when he was in jail and he sad yes the rumors are true and he also doodied in bed too. He sad its part of Scientology that he learned from John (i like kissing men) Travolta.
Sept. 10, 2017, 9:03 am
Tico from Cuenca says:
Hiram is a dog. No, a pig.
Sept. 10, 2017, 9:59 pm
no priorities as usual from Queens says:
The greed-saturated Cuomo only "comes out" for himself and photo ops.
Sept. 11, 2017, 5:10 am
karen from maspeth/middle village/ glendale/ says:
Albany is so corrupt, just pay Cuomo enough, and he'll endorse anyone.

Take a look at the resume of Holden, vs Crowley, and clearly, Holden is the better candidate. He's the civic leader in Middle Village, and he was able to keep it a beautiful place to live. He did it with the support of his members. He did it without pay. Imagine what he can accomplish for district 30 if elected.

Don't forget..Crowley wants to close Rikers and open local jails. Cuome, deBlasio also support this land grab. It doesn't benefit anyone, but the developers and pols who are salivating for a piece of this. This move will put us all in danger of the criminals who will be placed a stone throw from our homes. These prisoners will not longer have the river to separate us from them. Additionally, there is only so much land to put these prisoners..likely many of them will just go upstate. How will their loved ones visit them? All together it's a bad plan.
Sept. 11, 2017, 10:20 pm

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