ELECTION PREVIEWS

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MAYOR

 Bill de Blasio (Democrat)   Nicole Malliotakis  (Republican, Conservative)
Bo Dietl (Dump the Mayor)   Sal Albanese (Reform)   Aaron Commey (Libertarian)
Akeem Browder (Green)   Mike Tolkin (Smart Cities)

PUBLIC ADVOCATE

Letitia James (Democrat, Working Families)   Juan Carlos “J.C.” Polanco (Republican, Reform)
James Lane (Green)   Michael O’Reilly (Conservative)   Devin Balkind (Libertarian)

COMPTROLLER

Scott Stringer (Democrat, Working Families) 
Michel J. Faulkner (Republican, Conservative, Reform)
Alex Merced (Libertarian)   Julia Willebrand (Green)

QUEENS BOROUGH PRESIDENT

Melinda Katz (Democrat, Working Families)
William Kregler (Republican, Conservative)
Everly Brown (Homeowners NYCHA)



City Council District 19

Paul Vallone (Democrat, Working Families)
The councilman has served in the 19th district since 2014. He has said that his district had been ignored by the City Council prior to his election and that his office has obtained higher budgetary allotments for schools, parks and police in northeast Queens. He is the chairman of the council’s committee on seniors centers and, recently, has piloted a program to provide free transportation for seniors.

Konstantinos Poulidis (Republican)
Poulidis is a Bayside resident and, according to his LinkedIn account, president and founder of the Queens College Republican Club. He does not have a campaign website.

Paul Graziano (Reform)
Graziano is an urban planning consultant and native of Flushing. For nearly two decades, he has been a highly engaged civic activist and identifies himself as a key player in the creation of several local civic associations. From 2003 to 2009, he served as a planning consultant to former councilman and state Sen. Tony Avella. Overdevelopment and landmark designation have been two of his top concerns.


City Council District 20

Peter Koo (Democrat)

 

 

 

 


City Council District 21

Francisco Moya(Democrat, Working Families)

 

 

 

 


City Council District 22

Costa Constantinides (Democrat, Working Families)
Constantinides, who was the first Greek-Cypriot American to hold elected office, has been the councilman for Queens’ 22nd district since 2014. He is the chairman of the council’s environmental protection committee. During his tenure, he helped to pass a landmark zoning agreement on a development in Astoria and has focused efforts on city environmental policies.

 

 

Kathleen Springer (Dive In)
Running on a party line she created, Springer is the founder of Astoria Parks and Aquatics Preservation. Some of her top priorities include preserving the landmarked Astoria Pool, relieving traffic congestion, environmental issues, animal welfare, housing, sanitation services and improving the infrastructure of western Queens’ district 22.

 

 


City Council District 23

Barry Grodenchik (Democrat, Working Families)
Grodenchik worked as chief administrative officer to Queens Borough President Claire Shulman and then served as deputy borough president for Helen Marshall. In 2002, he was elected to the Assembly and, in 2015, became the councilman for Queens’ 23rd district. In the council, he helped to secure funding for the creation of a 116th Precinct and pushed for home stability support.

 

Joseph Concannon (Republican, Conservative)
Concannon is a retired city Police Department captain who previously ran against Mark Weprin and Barry Grodenchik. His campaign focuses have been law enforcement, education and public transportation. He also believes that law enforcement in the city is under too close observation by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration and has said that he wants to stop Creedmoor patients from harassing neighbors.

 

John Y. Lim
John Y. Lim is appearing on the ballot on a party line named after him. He lives in Oakland Gardens, but does not have a campaign website.

 

 

 


City Council District 24

Rory Lancman (Democrat, Working Families)
The councilman has held office in Queens’ 24th district since 2014. Previously, he was an assembly for the 25th district from 2007 to 2012. He is the chairman of the City Council’s committee on Courts and Legal Services and is deeply involved in issues of criminal justice. He has also called for the closing of Rikers Island.

 

 

Mohammad Rahman (Reform)
Rahman was born in Bangladesh and has lived in Jamaica for more than 30 years. He has worked at the city’s Department of Social Services for more than 20 years. His campaign has focused on public safety, especially for new immigrant, as well as carving out more funding for Queens’ immigrant seniors. If elected, he would be the council’s first South Asian Muslim lawmaker.

 


City Council District 25

Daniel Dromm (Democrat, Working Families)

 

 

 

 


City Council District 26

Jimmy Van Bramer (Democrat, Working Families)
Since 2010, Van Bramer has been the councilman for Queens’ 26th district. He was chosen to be the majority leader of the council in 2014 and also serves as the co-chairman of a budget negotiating team set up by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. Van Bramer has touted the construction or design of 11 new schools in his district during his tenure as well as improvements to western Queens libraries.

 

Marvin Jeffcoat (Republican, Conservative)
Jeffcoat is an Operation Desert Storm veteran from Woodside. The top issues for his campaign include addressing the city’s crime and drug use in the streets, preventing government regulations from impeding job creation, keeping families out of city homeless shelters and supporting vouchers and charter schools.

 

 


City Council District 27

I. Daneek Miller (Democrat)
First taking office in 2013, Miller was the former MTA Union president. During his years on the council, he has been a staunch advocate for social justice, religious and racial tolerance and focused on education in his district. Other issues that he has emphasized include restoring bus services, paid family leave and supporting child care for municipal workers.

 

 

Rupert Green (Republican)
Born in Jamaica, Green is a long-time educator whose campaign emphasis has been improving schools in Southeast Queens. He worked for 17 years in the city’s Department of Education and is the co-founder of the Institute for Hands-on Science, Engineering and Technology, a not-for-profit dedicated to providing STEM education to disadvantaged youth.

 

 

 

Frank Francois (Green)
Francois previously ran as a Green Party candidate for congress. His campaign issues include affordable housing, challenging the city’s Police Department, improved education for the district and legalizing marijuana.

 

 


City Council District 28

Adrienne Adams (Democrat)
Adams is the long-time chairwoman for Community Board 12. Some of her top campaign issues have been cleaning up the trash in the parks and streets of Southeast Queens, obtaining resources for the long-neglected 28th district, preventing an overabundance of homeless shelters in her community and improving transportation options in the district.

 

 

Ivan Mossop (Republican)
A tax accountant who lives in Rochdale Village, Mossop has provided pro-bono tax preparation assistance to Southeast Queens residents through the National Association of Black Accountants and was the former treasurer of COMET, a Queens civic organization. His campaign priorities include creating civic and block associations throughout the district, employment options for youths and strengthening voter power.

 

Hettie Powell (Working Families)
Powell is an attorney and former teacher who has long focused on advocacy for immigrants and criminal justice reform. She has volunteered at local schools to educate students on anti-violence and law and served for 14 years on the board of directors for Rochdale Village. Her top campaign issues have been education, youth and senior services and affordable housing.

 


City Council District 29

Karen Koslowitz (Democrat)

 

 

 

 


City Council District 30

Elizabeth Crowley (Democrat, Working Families)
For the past eight years, Crowley has represented Queens’ district 30. She has proposed bringing light rail to the lower Montauk line that would create a transportation system between Jamaica and Long Island City. She is the chairwoman of the council’s Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services and has proposed that Kew Gardens’ Queens House of Detention should be reopened and Rikers Island closed.

 

Robert Holden (Republican, Conservative, Reform)
The long-time president of the Juniper Park Civic Association and New York City College of Technology professor has served on Community Board 5 for 29 years. In 2016, he organized a campaign of nightly protests at the Maspeth Holiday Inn to prevent its conversion into a homeless shelter. He has also long campaigned to keep the character of Queens neighborhoods.

 


City Council District 31

Donovan Richards(Democrat, Working Families)

 

 

 


City Council District 32

Eric Ulrich (Republican, Conservative, Reform)
Ulrich first assumed office in 2009 as the councilman for Queens’ 32nd district. He has led oversight committees on Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, which he has called a “bureaucratic nightmare.” He has broken with the state Republican Party’s platform on several issues, including the minimum wage and rent stabilization. He currently serves as the chairman of the council’s Veterans Committee.

 

Michael Scala (Democrat)
Scala works as an attorney and lives in the Rockaways. He said that he plans to fight the warehousing of homeless families in Queens neighborhoods without the input of residents and local leaders. Scala also aims to improve education options and healthcare access in the district. He also wants a thorough investigation of the Build-It-Back program that aided Hurricane Sandy victims.

 


City Council District 34

Antonio Reynoso (Democrat, Working Families)

 

 

 

 


Constitutional Convention

Also on this year’s ballot is a proposal that could revise the constitution of the State of New York. The state’s constitution requires that every 20 years, a ballot question asks whether there should be a convention to revise or amend the constitution. If the referendum is approved, delegates to the convention would be elected in November 2018.

A “yes” vote supports holding a constitutional convention to develop and propose changes to the state constitution that voters would vote on in an election on Nov. 5, 2019. A “no” vote opposes holding a convention. Some of the constitutional convention’s supporters include Gov. Andrew Cuomo and businessman Bill Samuels. Opponents include Mayor Bill de Blasio, state Sen. Majority Leader John Flannagan and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie.

Supporters of the convention say that it could address ethics reform and empower voters. Opponents say the convention would be costly, while others fear that it could put public employee pensions at risk.

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