From the Times Ledger:
State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) said he would like to be a borough president who combines the salesmanship qualities of Brooklyn’s Marty Markowitz and the wide-reaching influence of Queens’ Claire Shulman.
“You will see me front and center,” Peralta said as he prepares for a 2013 run.
The senator, who took office in 2010 following the ousting of former Sen. Hiram Monserrate, spoke of future plans and current concerns in a meeting with TimesLedger Newspapers staff and editors last week.
Peralta said he was interested in running for the top spot in Queens to shepherd future economic development forecast in neighborhoods such as Willets Point, Long Island City and the Rockaways. He said he wanted to mesh Markowitz’s cheerleading for his home borough with Shulman’s ability to attract big businesses. The former Queens borough president served from 1986-2002.
“We really need to be sure someone is at the helm sort of making it happen,” Peralta said.