After initially confirming that they would attend, Elizabeth Crowley and Anthony Como wimped out of a debate hosted by the Juniper Park Civic Association last night at the last minute, claiming they had to attend, of all things, an editorial board meeting at the Queens Ledge scheduled hours in advance for the exact same time. The civic's forum was not to be a candidates night, but a true debate, with tough questions and the opportunity for rebuttals. Apparently, Ms. Crowley and Mr. Como were afraid of being exposed as the no-talent hacks that they are, so they conspired with Walter Sanchez, publisher of the Queens Ledge, to come up with an excuse (and a lame one at that).
Charles Ober kept his promise and impressed many in attendance with his knowledge of issues specific to Middle Village and Maspeth.
Mr. Ognibene, the former councilman for this area, brought up the fact that Anthony Como is contributing to overdevelopment by building a hideous McMansion on the same street that Tom lives on. "This thing casts a shadow on my house," Ognibene lamented.
Both candidates also raked Crowley over the coals regarding her campaign finance fraud charges and her disqualification from the matching funds program.
Before ending for the night, the community was told by JPCA President Robert Holden, "Remember who insulted you here tonight by not showing up."
Ognibene & Ober: 1
Como & Crowley: 0
Photos and story from the Juniper Park Civic Association (with edits)