From the Queens Gazette:
Ognibene and Suraci have charged that they weren't given an opportunity to get the party's endorsement and both have promised a strong effort to win the special election.
On the Democratic side, Ober announced a challenge to Crowley when she was endorsed by the county leaders. Ober claims he was not given a chance to address the group.
As a result, no candidate in either party can expect solid support and it appears that Crowley will have an edge in the balloting because of the regular Democratic organization's dominance of elections in the county.
Why don't the Queens weeklies investigate how this influence came to be and how they manage to hold onto the reins? Oh wait, I know why. Advertising.