State Races Set For Tuesday Primary



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

Key Endorsements
Rev. Floyd Flake; Rev. Phil Craig; DC 37; Local 371

Former City Councilman Leroy Comrie served on the Council for 12 years before a short stint as Deputy Borough President.

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

Key Endorsements
Queens Democratic Party; Working Families Party; 32BJ SEIU; 1199 SEIU; Public Employees Federation; United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500

Attorney Munir Avery was the legislative attorney for Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz (D-Flushing) and former Assistant District Attorney in the Borough.

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


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.

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