SENATE DISTRICT 14
Incumbent State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) has been in the State Senate since 2000 and was the first African American to be selected as Majority Leader of the Senate in 2009.
Smith has secured funding for a health clinic in Hollis, a toxic waste cleanup project in Jamaica and a three-bill package to combat child sexual abuse. He has also helped launch a series of forums for the prevention of foreclosure. He created and chaired the Tri-Level Legislative Task Force to curb gun violence in the wake of the Sean Bell shooting.
Campaign finance; DREAM Act; Fair wages; Education funding
Rev. Floyd Flake; Rev. Phil Craig; DC 37; Local 371
He was the chair of the Consumer Affairs Committee and the Land Use Committee on the Council and served as Majority Whip.
He worked to pass City budgets without property tax increases, eliminating sales tax on clothing under $110, installing security cameras in high crime areas and securing funding to improve, construct and expand schools in Southeast Queens.
Economic development; Green jobs; Voter rights; Against hydrofracking; Address climate change
Queens Democratic Party; Working Families Party; 32BJ SEIU; 1199 SEIU; Public Employees Federation; United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500
He is also a former Community Board 8 member, former member of the Queens DA’s Star Track program and a former member of the 107th Precinct’s Auxillary Police.
Education funding; Job creation; Senior services; Fair wages; Small business incentives
Alliance of South Asian American Labor; Muslim Democratic Club of NY; UNITE HERE! Local 100
SENATE DISTRICT 10
Incumbant State Sen. James Sanders Jr. (D-South Ozone Park) broke into politics in 2001 when he became a Councilman for District 31. He held that seat through 2012 when he ran to replace former State Sen. Shirley Huntley after her seat was vacated due to her criminal charges and imprisonment. Sanders is running his first re-election campaign as State Senator and he will also be on the Working Families Party ticket.
Real estate professional Gian Jones has worked on U.S Rep Gregory Meeks’ (D-Jamaica) City Council, State Assembly and U.S Rep. campaigns and served as community liaison during Meeks’ first term in the Assembly. He is currently a member of the Council of Urban Professionals.
Improved transportation; Job creation; Reducing recidivism
Coming off his attempt to win the Borough President race last year, real estate developer Everly Brown has set his sights on Sanders’ State Senate seat. He has previously run for the City Council, the State Assembly and the State Senate.