Does Crowley live in northern Virginia or Woodside?

Joseph Crowley

On Friday, the NY Post had an “exclusive” claiming that Rep. Joseph Crowley, who represents Sunnyside and Woodside (and is also the Queens Democratic party boss), spends most of his time in D.C. to the point that his wife and children live in Arlington, Virginia: “The Crowleys live in an expansive home in the leafy Washington suburb of Arlington, Va., where his three kids attend the community’s nationally renowned public schools — shunning New York City’s educational system, property records show.”

However on Sunday night, in response to the NY Post story, Crowley said his primary residence is NOT in a Washington, D.C., suburb but in Woodside.

Speaking at a forum on global nonviolence on Sunday, Crowley, who is required by federal law to live in his home district when running for election, said he lives in Queens and always has.

“I live in Queens, I live in Woodside,” said Crowley, according to the news outlet WNYC. “I have lived in Queens for my entire life, actually, so I can’t plan to move to back to where I already live.”

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42 Responses to Does Crowley live in northern Virginia or Woodside?

  1. Funnyside

    It doesn't really matter. Most DC pols live in the bizarro universe.

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  2. sunnysider

    It is really a double standard. His kids in my opinon should attend school in ny. He is here enouigh to represent here. He needs to be in dc to work in washington. Why not due everythng here in queens and just go to dc when you need to.

    Should be a law? How about that?

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  3. Me

    LIAR! LIAR! LIAR! All of the Crowleys lie like crazy

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  4. Rocky Balboa

    Crowley looks down on those of us who actually live here and whose kids go to school here. Can't we finally get rid of him? He has no connection to Queens as his kids go to school in Virginia. He got caught with his pants down. I hope he has a primary from somebody who actually lives here.

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  5. Rocky Balboa

    Note the quote "I live in Queens, I live in Woodside" - not with those Virginia license plates, Crowley! What a phony! Kick him out! Now!

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  6. Neighborhood Observer

    Thanks for the story, Sunnyside Post, I would have missed it. Does he really have Virginia plates? Do other congress people move their entire families? If he lives here, what is his address? I've never seen him around town.

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  7. pomme1200

    He works in Washington, DC. That is where he is required to spend most of his time to represent his district. Some in Congress move their families near DC, so they can see their kids not just on weekends. It's a personal choice. Crowley is at many events in Queens, since I see him around. His office responds very promptly to any call I've made. What's the problem? He maintains a residence in Queens.

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  8. Raquel

    He "maintains a residence in Queens' - yeah, like I maintain a residence in the Bahamas! He does not live here. He lives in Virginia and he is an anomaly in that most congressmen do not move their families to the DC area. I guess the Woodside neighborhood is not good enough for the Crowley brood. His car has Virginia plates. Kick him out, please! He is "at many events in Queens". Yes, and I am "at many events in South America" - when I go on vacation! I guess somebody from his office felt the need to defend him.

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  9. David Brown

    I'll stay out of the debate on whether or not Congressmen should move their families, as frankly I don't really care either way... It's how they vote that matters to me.

    What is pretty clear is the choice of timing on this article. This "leaking" to the Post within dayd of the Democrats selecting Weprin to run for Weiner's seat is no accident. I imagine the GOP will try and paint him as an illegitimate insider candidate (meanwhile the Republican candidate will have been selected in the same manner.)

    Again I'm making no judgements here (I don't know much about Weprin, nor do I live in that district), it's just interesting to watch how the game is played.

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  10. Raquel

    Crowley was handpicked by Manton. Manton is probably turning in his grave over the way Crowley has turned out. Manton was a former police officer and a staunch pro lifer. Crowley is an avid supporter of abortion on demand. Manton stuck to his guns on the life issue. Crowley may maintain a home here for the sake of appearances, but that is as far as it goes. He and his family live in Virginia and his kids go to school there.

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  11. Funnyside

    Term limits!

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  12. Raquel

    Funnyside, you are correct! Term limit all of them - make them get REAL JOBS!

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  13. Funnyside

    raquel...

    career politicians are like royalty - they're not capable of anything but lecturing, primping, preening and spending your hard earned money like it was nothing. Most of them could not run a lemonade stand on a hot august day.

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  14. Raquel

    Funnyside for congress! Somebody who gets it!

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  15. sunnysider

    Raquel why not run for brammers seat in 2 years you sound very into carng about our town

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  16. David Brown

    We have term limits, it's called voting. It happens every two years.

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  17. Raquel

    David, incumbency has its privileges: most people are sheep, especially Democrats in NYC. The Democratic party has created a base that depends on it for their survival.

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  18. sartke

    He could live in Australia for all I care, as long as he supported Queens-interests in Congress. The fact that we have a relatively influential Congressperson is something we should be happy about.

    David Brown is right in that this is not news - you can't 'leak' something that was already freely available information. This is a political ad, not a news story.

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  19. Raquel

    Sartke, Cowley is not happy at being exposed as living in Virginia. He does not understand the needs of his constituents, those pesky people who pay taxes and send their kids to schools in WOODSIDE, something he clearly does not do. He is "influential" in a negative way. He is a demagogue and an elitist phony who disdains the people whom he "represents". He does not support Queens' interests in in Congress.

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  20. John K. Wilson

    I don't understand what the point of this story is; as a member of Congress, of course he lives in DC...that's where his job is. His family lives with him? His children go to school there? I should hope so. It is a given that he has an address in Woodside; if he didn't, his opposition would take steps to remove him from office on that basis, and, that hasn't happened. (For the record, I think we can do much better than Joe Crowley as our rep in Congress...Marvin Jeffcoat comes to mind; but that's another story.)

    Secondly, as it has come up, I am AGAINST "term limits", too. As "David Brown" indicates, we already have term limits; they are called "terms". Being for term limits, to me, is like saying, "I can't be inconvenienced to participate in my democracy; please do it for me." I reject that.

    As "Raquel" points out, incumbents do have many advantages in their efforts to remain in office (believe me, I know). Replacing them is very difficult. But, so what? That's the deal. If we don't like the manner that our elected officials represent us, the only option is to get involved, with your neighbors, and work to replace them. That can mean running for office one's self (as I have done/am doing), or, working for someone else who is. Political involvement can be fun; but, mostly, it is a tedious slog. Sometimes, some of your neighbors, who approve of the status quo, may attack your character (as "sartke" has done to me...he calls me a "political wacko") So what? That's deal. Just because a thing is difficult doesn't mean that we shouldn't attempt it. Democracy, in our Republic, ain't necessarily pretty.

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  21. John K. Wilson

    ...should read, "that THE deal"

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  22. Neighborhood Observer

    It is too tough a game for me. But thanks John K. Wilson for participating.

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  23. sartke

    Raquel, I'm not gonna bother. Please seek professional help.

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  24. sartke

    And yes, term limits don't need to exist in a democracy. If we can't trust our own decision making capability, what's the point of even voting?

    In addition, congresspeople need to learn how to legislate and they need to be specialists on certain issues due to committees/local issues/etc. Putting up someone new every 2 years is a good way to ensure that we'll be electing people who don't have the political influence to get anything substantial for Queens and who don't have an in-depth grasp on the issues or political process.

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  25. Raquel

    Sartke - get professional help yourself - even unprofessional help - you need it! Term limits stop political corruption - Charles Rangel comes to mind as does JOE CROWLEY - and he lives in Virginia!

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  26. Raquel

    Mr. Wilson: it is the INCUMBENCY PROTECTION RACKET that needs to be stopped and the answer is term limits - for everybody!

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  27. Raquel

    Congress is a part time job - Crowley can actually LIVE in Woodside and commute to D.C. but obviously he prefers the tony Arlington area to his poor unfortunate neighbors in Woodside! And you can imagine what he thinks of the Woodside schools! He got caught and he doesn't like it. too bad!

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  28. Angus Grieve-Smith

    Lots of Woodside residents have cars registered in Virginia, Florida or North Carolina, just look at the plates. It's an insurance scam. We could take care of it if we had residential parking permits.

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  29. Funnyside

    If the presidency has term limits, why not congress?

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  30. Queens is the new Brooklyn is the New Manhattan

    I still can't figure out if Raquel is a man or a woman. Sounds like a woman's name but most likely Raquel is a man.

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  31. WhiskeyTangoFoxtrotter

    Raquel

    You are a fine and dandy pro-Life Lady and it's a JOY to read your comments here

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  32. Funnyside

    Queens is the new....whatever....

    Mostly likely you are a d-bag.

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  33. David Brown

    "If the presidency has term limits, why not congress?"

    I think the general idea is that the executive branch is occupied by an individual, which could lead to an overwhelming accumulation of national power. While the legislative branch is greater in numbers, preventing one individual from accumulating too much power over national affairs.

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  34. 43rd@43rd

    "If the presidency has term limits, why not congress?"

    Even the mayor of NYC has term limits... right? ;D

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  35. Funnyside

    Re: term limits....

    Let me put it like this.

    Politicians and a baby's diaper need to be changed frequently and for the exact same reason.

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  36. John K. Wilson

    Raquel,
    I agree that the "INCUMBENCY PROTECTION RACKET" needs to be stopped; but, I believe that you are wrong on the necessity of term "limits", for the reasons that I stated above. "Term Limits" are yet another government intrusion into what we are allowed to do: who we can elect...and who we can't. And, we already HAVE the POWER! Just go to the polls...and vote for someone else!

    You may remember that Benjamin Franklin was asked, by a citizen/onlooker, as he left the Constitutional Convention, "What kind of Government have you given us?" Franklin said, "We have given the people a Republic...IF they can keep it."

    How do we keep it?
    Get educated. Get passionate. Get involved. Get busy.

    BTW...Raquel, I don't think you are a bigot. I think you take a great deal more heat than is necessary from those who disagree with you. Some of your opponents here on these posts are just natural-born jerks; and, some others, who are your opponents, are obviously good people, with an opposing view, who have an adverse chemical reaction to your "in your face" style.
    I say, just keep being yourself. You provoke a great deal of thought, and force others to refine their thinking.

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  37. John K. Wilson

    sartke,

    How gratified I was to see that you'd written,

    "...term limits don't need to exist in a democracy. If we can't trust our own decision making capability, what's the point of even voting?"

    But, my pleasure was short-lived; in the next sentence, you write of the "need" for "congresspeople" to "be specialists on certain issues...."
    Really?

    Lincoln, in his Gettysburg Address, did not speak of "Government, of the SPECIALISTS, for the SPECIALISTS, by the SPECIALISTS"; he spoke of "Government...of...for...and by...the PEOPLE." And, the type of "specialization" that you speak of the need for would almost certainly change over time...and would probably change in less than two years. In that instance, would we replace our "specialist congresspeople" with yet newer "specialist congresspeople" when a need for a new "specialization" arose? Who would make these determinations? If "specialists" are "needed" in Congress, do we need "specialist voters", too. Aren't we supposed to "trust our own decision making capability"?

    sartke, you have revealed yourself as an Elitist. Many Liberals are; they believe that only they have the brainpower to "help" and/or "save" others. I reject this nonsense. Virtually all people will make better decisions for themselves than any government can..or will...make for them. Damn Elitism, and damn Big Government.

    William F. Buckley once (famously) remarked that he would much rather be governed by the first 535 names in the phone book (there being 535 members of Congress: 100 Senators and 435 Representatives) than the kind of people who willingly seek to be elected. I tend to agree with that. Just as most juries, composed of average people, almost always rise to the seriousness of the occasion; so, too, would randomly selected Americans rise to the issues at hand in Congress. As "David Brown" points out, the influence of those few yahoos who would reveal themselves would be negated by the numbers involved. Viva the Common People!

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  38. Raquel

    Term limits: the corrupt Rangel is a great example of why we need term limits for congress. Several states have term limits for governor - Virginia I believe allows ONLY ONE TERM, which I think is actually overkill, but I understand the idea. Bloomberg and his crew overturned the two term term limits referendum because of their chronic need to be in control and their narcissistic belief that the "public needs" them. We saw how well that worked out during the blizzard in December. I say enough of these professional politicians whose sole goal is their own REELECTION! I am putting Crowley in that crew because he obviously looks down upon his own congressional district and will not send his kids to school here. In Florida, former Congressman Wexler was forced to admit that he actually lives in Maryland rather than Florida and ended up giving up his seat. People don't like it when their elected reps look down on them. As for Sartke, yes, I am a woman: you are just not used to strong conservative women.

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  39. sartke

    John, congresspeople become specialists out of necessity and almost by default. I'm not saying that only people with PhDs should enter government, I'm saying that having experience with certain complicated niche political issues is a good thing. Not very many congresspeople are experts in national transportation policy and also experts in trade with South America, but with on-the-job experience, committee placement, local interests, etc. some will be experts in one or the other. That's an added benefit to the system.

    Raquel, if you reread the posts, I never questioned whether or not you were a woman. I understand that schizophrenia makes having internet debates difficult for you - but in fact you are screaming at multiple people on this site. And no, trust me I realize that there are plenty of loud, loony, bigoted conservative women these days...hey have you considered running for president?

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  40. Raquel

    Sartke, stay as sweet as you are with your ad hominen attacks. You just have no tolerance for anybody who dares to disagree with you. "Bigoted conservative women" - yup, the foxes on Fox put the babe in babe! You always have Helen Thomas to look up to! Or Barbra Streisand! Or the lovely Joy Behar.

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  41. Mike Novak

    Angus, I agree with you 100%!

    Residential parking stickers are the way to go!

    Folks who live here and register their cars in another state are breaking the law.

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  42. SPQR

    John Wilson: I did not know that you are running next year for congress. If it is true, I am delighted. You have the charisma to make things happen. Congressman Manton was an example of a true representative of the people. He had very high principles and held on to them. He was indeed for his people. Another great man possessing this high standard was Tip O'Neill, who was always there for his people and also kept his standards high. Now I know they were both Democrates, but the standards they upheld and the loyalty to their people was outstanding and these qualities go beyond the individual party. We need so badly a fresh breath of air in our community as the present representatives have been there much too long and forgotten about the man on the streets of Woodside & Sunnyside, etc. They look to be stale, without principle, back slappers getting their pictures into the local newspapers with smiles and kisses and otherwise empty. They are feeding off the system!! Please run in 2012 and win!! Walk the streets, talk to the people, drop by the pubs and have a beer and explain why you are running. We need your freshness and courage and you will have our backing and most of all our prayers.

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The eleven establishments, which are located on or near Queens Blvd, are hosting the 2nd annual Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day music festival.

The event will kick off at 6 pm, Sept. 27, with live music and drink specials at every participating bar.

The drink specials are for party goers who purchase a $10 wristband. The specials, which are available at all 11 establishments, include $3 ciders, $4 well drinks and $5 craft beers. Each bar/restaurant may also offer its own additional specials.

There will be live music, dancing, bagpipers and DJs. There will also be authentic Irish meals, such as Bar 43’s Irish festival menu, which will consist of Irish beef stew, Irish style fish and chips and an all day Irish breakfast.

Proceeds from the event will be donated to wounded veterans who are currently being treated at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Participating bars include, The Courtyard Ale House, Bar 43, McGuinness’s Saloon, PJ Horgan’s, Molly Blooms, Jack’s Fire Dept., Bliss Street Station, Arriba Arriba, The Gaslight, Sidetracks, and Maggie Mae’s.

The event will be the Boulevard of Bars’ sixth major event in the past two years. So far, it has raised more than $25,000 for charities and local organizations.

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