Tribune General Election Endorsements
Democrat Kevin Kim is a hard-working, motivated professional who has shown the promise to bring extended diversity to the City Council. His Republican counterpart, Dan Halloran, refused to be interviewed by the Tribune or answer our questions. We expect great things from Kevin Kim, who rose to victory in a six-way Democratic Primary last month, and look forward to seeing him get to work at City Hall. The Queens Tribune enthusiastically endorses Kevin Kim.
Democrat Yen Chou, who won the Democratic Primary against four other contenders, is facing Republican Peter Koo, who has been a leader in the Flushing business community for years. Chou’s attendance record as a member of the Community Education Council and failure to vote in any election for the past 10 years, excluding her own recent primary, raises serious doubts about her ability to adequately serve. We like Peter Koo’s commitment to his district and think that he would go to City Hall with the district’s best interest at heart. The Queens Tribune endorses Peter Koo.
Despite the tenacity of Green candidate Lynn Serpe to bring a new shade to the rainbow of Astoria’s political spectrum, we believe that Peter Vallone Jr., despite his vote to extend term limits without going back to the people, should be re-elected. He has served his district exceptionally well and has had the best interest of the City in mind leading the important Public Safety committee in the Council. The Queens Tribune endorses Peter Vallone Jr.
Mark Weprin has served his community for many years and now chooses to do so from the City Council instead of the Assembly. We believe that Weprin’s talents will better serve the people in a functioning City government than in the dysfunctional Albany morass. We applaud his decision to come home and the Queens Tribune endorses Mark Weprin.
In this Western Queens race, which faces its third election in the last 18 months, Democrat Elizabeth Crowley, who has served since January, is facing Republican Tom Ognibene, who served in this seat from 1991 to 2001. Though Tom Ognibene, with an astute understanding of government, has shown in the past his ability to provide for his district, we think that the Freshman Council member deserves the chance to prove herself with a full term in office. The Queens Tribune endorses Elizabeth Crowley.
Eric Ulrich is also a newcomer to the City Council, serving for the last seven months following a special election. He is challenged by community leader Frank Gulluscio, who has knowledge of the civic process and a dedication to the community. But Eric Ulrich is, at 24 years old, an impressive man who has spent the last seven months doing the work necessary to show that he can lead his district. We believe he should be given the opportunity to serve a full term and prove his value. The Queens Tribune endorses Eric Ulrich.
The Queens Tribune also makes the following additional endorsements for the General Election:
District 25: Danny Dromm
District 26: Jimmy Van Bramer
District 28: Tom White
District 29: Karen Koslowitz
District 31: James Sanders
Borough President: Helen Marshall
Comptroller: John Liu
Public Advocate: Bill de Blasio
Mayor: Mike Bloomberg