Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Crowley-Caruana debate a real doozy
"There was a debate last night in Middle Village for the 30th Council District. The incumbent, Elizabeth Crowley, and challenger, Craig Caruana, had a lengthy discussion of the issues. The panelists were Liam Laguerre, reporter for the Queens Courier, Rob Pozarycki, Assistant Editor of the Times Newsweekly, and Paul Graziano, urban planner and civic activist from northeast Queens.
The first segment is here, and includes candidate introductions, questions about the Knockdown Center in Maspeth (5:30), proposed Glendale homeless shelter (11:15) and problems with garbage freight railroads (15:45). According to Crowley, the Knockdown Center will provide jobs, and despite all the stuff that has been revealed to have gone on at the site, it's no match for the campaign contributions that she has received from the investors. She claims the site has the potential to create 1,500 jobs, even though the owner himself has only estimated about 30. The proposed Glendale homeless shelter is not a threat at all, because Crowley says so. (Tell that to the hundreds of people expected to rally this Saturday against it.) And finally, a former Republican council member moved freight rail operations into people's backyards before Crowley took office. Which isn't at all true." - Christina Wilkinson