A Douglaston resident claims his name, address and a false signature that is not his were wrongly included in a letter supporting John Liu sent out by the candidate's campaign team last week.
Liu is running a primary race to unseat state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) in the 11th District in northern and northeastern Queens. Avella is a maverick member of the Independent Democratic Conference and Liu a former city councilman and comptroller supported by the party establishment.
Last week some residents in the district received "An Open Letter to Our Neighbors in Little Neck and Douglaston" promoting Liu's candidacy and touting his support for middle-class families. The letter says it was paid for by the John Liu Senate Election Committee and is signed by former Rep. Gary Ackerman, Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), Borough President Melinda Katz and City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) — as well as nine area residents.
But one of the residents listed on the letter, Joshua Block, says the signature is not his and that he knew nothing of the missive until he opened it last Thursday.
"I wasn't involved in drafting it. I knew nothing about it. I didn't sign it," Block said in an email. "Nobody asked me to be a part of it, and I'm no way committed to voting for Liu. I was absolutely shocked to see my name at the bottom."
Variations of the letter were sent all over the district. There may be other victims.