In the race to become the next Queens borough president, the two most logical contenders to get the crucial support of the Queens Democratic organization would be Councilman Leroy Comrie and state Sen. Jose Peralta.
In recent weeks, several Queens sources have told The Insider about the possibility of Mr. Peralta getting the county organization’s backing, with the deputy borough president to be Mr. Comrie, who would line up political support in southeast Queens for Mr. Peralta.
Mr. Comrie, who heads the Queens delegation on the City Council, has a tight relationship with the county organization. But he has struggled to raise money, causing insiders to question his viability. Mr. Peralta also has a good relationship with the county organization, and as a former organizer for the Central Labor Council is a strong contender for the Working Families Party endorsement. So it’s possible the county organization could back Mr. Peralta over Mr. Comrie.
“One factor is closeness to county. The other is viability. Joe Crowley wants to win,” said one Queens insider, referring to the congressman who chairs the county organization.