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PODCAST: We Speak to Elizabeth Crowley Who is Running to be the Next Borough President

June 14, 2020 By Christian Murray

Former Council Member Elizabeth Crowley, who represented the 30th district in western Queens from 2009-2017, is running to be the next Queens Borough President.

We spoke to Crowley last week. The focus of the discussion dealt with police reform, COVID-19, community boards and jobs.

Crowley is one of several candidates in the race. The other candidates are Costa Constantinides, Anthony Miranda, Donovan Richards and Dao Yin.

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The establishment

Not voting for her, or Costa, or Richards. They all support the closing of Rikers and building New BOROUGH Jails. Cutting budgets for essential workers, but still spending 10 Billion on New Borough Jails. Same old administration, see what’s happening with this city now, they will continue deBlasio’s politics. This is just the primary, for now Dao Yin has my vote. Can’t wait till November, but by then city administration will figure out how to skew with votes.

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Larry Penner

Some people don’t want to face fiscal reality. It has been over two years since the final report was released in December 2017 regarding the reintroduction of transit service on the old Long Island Rail road Lower Montauk branch. This line ran from Jamaica to Long Island City with intermediate stops at Richmond Hill, Glendale, Fresh Pond, Haberman and Penny Bridge until 1998. Only former NYC Council member and Queens Borough President wanna-be Elizabeth Crowley refuses to acknowledge that the cost for introduction of light rail on that corridor was the last stop for this project. The study results indicated that the anticipated cost grew by 2100% from $100 million to $2.2 billion! Support from public officials, transit agencies, transit advocates, commuters and taxpayers subsequently disappeared. Neither City Hall, Albany or the MTA has offered any support or financial assistance to advance this project. Ditto for former Queens Borough President Melinda Katz along with any member of the NYC Council, State Assembly, State Senate, Congress and United States Senate. For Crowley to promise that the line would “be completed quickly” and “Albany would approve the project” along with coming up with $2.2 billion is wishful thinking. One wonders if Crowley continues to make promises which will never be fulfilled in our life time, what kind of Borough President she would make. Voters looking for realistic transportation improvements need to consider looking elsewhere for a better advocate as the next Queens Borough President.

(Larry Penner is a transportation advocate, historian and writer who previously worked 31 years for the Federal Transit Administration Region 2 New York Office. This included the development, review, approval and oversight for billions in capital projects and programs for the MTA, NYC Transit, Long Island and Metro North Rail Roads, MTA Bus, NYC Department of Transportation along with 30 other transit agencies in NY & NJ)..

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AJ from Sunnyside

The Crowley family has been corrupt in Queens for two decades – their attorneys control the Board of Elections , Sweeney Reich and Bolz and the entire family has made millions off surrogate court corruption and appointments.
We taxpayers in Queens still pay monthly pension. For Joe Crowley of 130,000 a year – despite the fact that he sat in Congress illegitimately for 20 years because his attorneys , who
still control the Board of Elections , blocked all opposition.
Sunnyside Post never reports a about corrupt Crowley family –
Ot about who actually controls the Queens BOE?

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Zen Man

The last thing Queens needs is another corrupt Crowley ! Her cousin Joe and the rest of the Crowley family used their power to make millions in Surrogates court. Opponents of Liz Crowley beware – Crowley’s attorneys Reich and Bolz control the BOE – they fixed elections for Joe Crowley for years – they want Liz Crowley to be their puppet. Watch the ballots closely !

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