The main difference between the special election and the November election, Como said, is that this time he will have 145 days of incumbency to his advantage. On the campaign trail, he said he will tout the $3 million in discretionary funds he managed to grab for the district, which includes money to improve Juniper Valley Park, as well as cash for senior centers and schools.
Como said operating a district office will be another key advantage, by enabling him to directly address constituent needs and problems.
"Even though it's going to be a short period of time," Como said, "they're going to see if I was able to accomplish so much in such a short period."
But Crowley sees Como's abbreviated time in office as a potential liability. Most of the budget negotiations were done by the time he was sworn into office, she pointed out, preventing him from bringing as much pork as he would have wanted.
"They had some budget cuts for local organizations and he wasn't really able to spend as he saw fit," Crowley said. "Rather, the money was allocated before he got in there."
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Ober's decision to run for the Democratic nomination in September will further complicate Crowley's bid for the seat. The county organization believes he split the vote and allowed Como to win, and members are doing little to hide their displeasure.
"Charles Ober should stay under the rock where he's hiding," said Michael Reich, executive director of the county party.
Yes, damn you, Charles. We can't have competitive elections here in Queens County.