From the Daily News:
Former City Councilman Thomas Ognibene said he may challenge Queens County GOP leader Phil Ragusa at the upcoming organizational meeting.
"A lot of people feel the party can move forward. There are new opportunities in 2012," he said. "Real leadership can make a difference."
Queens Republicans are eager to harness the momentum created by newly elected Congressman Bob Turner's victory and grab back state legislative seats they lost in recent years.
"The county [party] adds nothing," said Ognibene. "They do not raise money and they do not provide expertise."
Queens GOP spokesman Robert Hornak said Ognibene's criticism was unfair and unfounded.
"If Tom feels compelled to run for county chairman, he's certainly free to do so," said Hornak. "If he had been more involved in the county organization over the past few years he would know our field operations and fund-raising has increased."
Ragusa was recovering from surgery and was not immediately available for comment.
Hornak said Ragusa has enough votes to be reelected.