The Queens County Democratic Party is expected to endorse Councilman Leroy Comrie for borough president next week, according to four sources plugged into various sides of the race.
The sources–some of whom were disappointed in the decision–told Politicker that Congressman Joe Crowley, the head of the borough’s Democratic organization, will probably endorse Mr. Comrie to balance his leadership position in one of the most demographically diverse counties in the country.
“Crowley has a lot pressure, he’s got to deal with African-American district leaders who want him,” said one Queens Democrat familiar with the decision-making process. “It is what it is.”
“It’s about 80 percent they’re going with Leroy,” another Democratic source said. “The black district leaders are strongly behind Leroy. And Joe needs to protect his leadership.”
You can read about the candidates' sources of fundraising here.
In the meantime, let's see what a constituent thinks of Mr. Comrie's effectiveness as a leader...
From Clean Up Jamaica:
This is an excerpt from the Queens Chronicle:
“City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) is taking action in response to complaints from Jamaica residents, led by activist Pamela Hazel, that a handful of eyesores is ruining the quality of life in their neighborhood.
Last week, Comrie sent his community liaison, Jamal Wilkerson, to investigate the locations, which include a dilapidated old playground near the corner of 171st Street and 109th Avenue, a parcel full of wrecked cars next to the home at 170-08 108 Ave. and a pile of debris between the C-Town supermarket at 108-30 Merrick Blvd. and JHS 8. There were also concerns about crushed cars left on 108th Avenue, which is a residential street.
The lawmaker plans to reach out to the owner of C-Town to find out why garbage is piling up near the location. He also vows to be vigilant in continuing to monitoring the conditions of all the troublesome areas.”
Sounds great for Jamaica right……………………………………………WRONG, this article was written October 21, 2010, over two and half years ago and it is not only a handful of eyesores (the only handful is clean areas devoid of trash). Today, we are still dealing with the same issues, (and more) including the troubled spots mentioned in the article, especially the abandoned playground at 171st St/109th Ave. Over two and half years and the garbage problem in Jamaica (and many other parts of Queens) still rages on. If “monitoring the conditions of all the troublesome areas” means looking at them and doing NOTHING, then Councilman Comrie is sticking to his vows.
Sounds like the perfect nominee for Borough President. Continue the apathy.