It was a dozen years ago that Julia Harrison, then a city councilwoman from Queens, created a stir with remarks she made regarding the influx of Asian residents in her district, which was centered in Flushing.
In an interview at the time, the councilwoman, who is white, blamed the growing Asian population in Flushing for increased crime and higher real estate prices. The remarks prompted an outcry in the community culminating in a demonstration at City Hall. Ms. Harrison apologized for her remarks. But they have come to represent something of a signature event in her public profile.
Since then, Mr. Harrison has often sought — unsuccessfully — to return to public office since term limits forced her to leave the Council in 2001. That changed on Tuesday, when the New York City Board of Elections certified her as the razor-thin winner of a race for the position of Democratic district leader in the Assembly district anchored in Flushing.
Ex-Councilwoman Makes a Comeback of Sorts