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Photo courtesy of Adrienne Adams
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Community Board 12 Chairperson Adrienne Adams is making an eleventh-hour run at becoming a City Council member.

Adrienne Adams is now in the race to succeed expelled City Councilman Ruben Wills, and the Community Board 12 chairperson immediately got a boost from two prominent Queens Democrats — including the head of the county’s party.

Adams formally announced her candidacy on July 27, a week after Wills was convicted of public corruption charges and subsequently booted from office. Wills had been planning to seek re-election to the 28th Council District seat he once held, and was slated to face two Democratic challengers: community activist Richard David and attorney Hettie Powell.

Now the race takes another twist with Adams’ sudden entry; she had unsuccessfully challenged state Senator James Sanders Jr. in last year’s Democratic primary. In announcing her City Council candidacy on July 27, she also touted the endorsement of Congressman Gregory Meeks, who represents much of the 28th Council District, and Congressman Joe Crowley, the chairperson of the Queens County Democratic Party.

“As I campaign to represent the people of the 28th Council District, I am proud to have the support of Congress Members Crowley and Meeks, and look forward to partnering with them and my many friends in the City Council to improve economic opportunity, transportation options and overall quality of life in Rochdale, Jamaica, Richmond Hill and South Ozone Park,” Adams said.

The Democratic primary is on Sept. 12, a little more than seven weeks away, and the petitioning process to get on the ballot ended some time ago. A source familiar with the situation told QNS that the Queens County Democratic Party selected Adams to fill the primary ballot slot which Wills had vacated following his conviction. Under party regulations, a “committee on vacancies” is convened whenever a candidate on the ballot suddenly drops out following the petitioning process. However, this does not constitute a party endorsement of the candidate chosen to fill the vacant slot, as individual party members may endorse the candidate of their choice on their own.

Adams was elected as Board 12 chairperson in 2013. She described herself as having “a pivotal role in shaping the district’s priorities for city budget funding, advocating passionately for constituents seeking improved public services and skillfully guiding reviews of development and zoning proposals.”

“The people of Queens deserve honest representation and a City Council member who will fight tirelessly for the best interests of the community,” Crowley said. “Adrienne Adams has proven time and again that she knows what this community needs and how to build the conditions necessary to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods.”

Along with being short on campaign time, Adams is presently short on campaign cash, according to the city’s Campaign Finance Bureau’s Follow the Money database, which tracks the campaign contributions and expenditures for every public office candidate in the city. Adams currently has just over $10,000 in campaign account. The most recent donation she received was on May 16.

Meanwhile, David — who declared his candidacy months ago — has a little more than $40,000 in reported campaign funds, with the most recent donation filed on July 11. Powell also announced her campaign months ago and has more than $50,000 in the till, although her campaign website is down and her Twitter account was last active in 2014.

When contacted by QNS, David declined to comment on Adams’ entry in the race.

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joe July 28, 2017 / 11:58AM
AND this is what is wrong with Jamaica and why Jamaica will continue to go down hill and the quality of life which just get worse. AND this is also what is wrong with the Queens Democratic Machine, they don’t care about communities (well at least certain communities) and their constituents. When corrupt Ruben Wills (City Council District #28) was on trial for corruption, Congressman Gregory Meeks and the crooked Queens Democratic Machine still backed him. Now that Wills is heading to prison, all of a sudden the Machine needed a new puppet to throw into the mix, which several folks were already candidates for the seat. City Council District 28 Richard David, Democrat Allan W. Jennings, Democrat Hettie V. Powell, Democrat Christina Winslow, Democrat BUT see the crooked Queens Democratic Machine does not want competition or fresh blood, they want puppets to control and so they are plopping up Community Board 12 President Adrienne Adams. I mean why did Adams NOT throw her name into the hat before, knowing full well that Wills has been a total do-nothing and fraud. NO, they wait till their other puppet, Wills, got convicted and then scrambled for a replacement puppet. This is the same bull with Adams and the Machine that happened last year, when she ran against state Sen. James Sanders Jr. (D-South Ozone Park) in the 10th Senate Democratic primary, whom the Machine did not back. She jumped into the race when Sanders announced his intention to go against Gregory Meeks in the 5th Congressional District. Sanders eventually dropped the bid, but Adams won the party’s endorsement. In the September primary, however, Sanders defeated Adams by 15 points and coasted to re-election in November. So now we have the similar bull playing all over again. Adams stated: “Community and service are not empty words, but are the principles that have guided my life,” Adams said in a statement issued by her campaign. “As I campaign to represent the people of the 28th Council District, I am proud to have the support of Congress Members Crowley and Meeks, and look forward to partnering with them and my many friends in the City Council to improve the economic opportunity, transportation options, and overall quality of life in Rochdale, Jamaica, Richmond Hill and South Ozone Park.” BUT ADRIENNE, if you wanted to represent the people, why didn’t you put your name in the hat, when crooked and do nothing Wills was on the ballot and was not on trial yet. See, this does not bode well and sounds way too “political”. If you have such best interests in the community, why didn’t you put your name on the ballot then. BECAUSE you did not want to go against that crooked Queens Dem Machine, who was backing Wills at the time. Crowley stated” “The people of Queens deserve honest representation and a City Council member who will fight tirelessly for the best interests of the community. Adrienne Adams has proven time and again that she knows what this community needs and how to build the coalitions necessary to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods. I’m proud to support her campaign for City Council.” BUT when do nothing and crooked Wills was still on the ballot, you backed him Crowley, you did not put up Adams, so Crowley, YOU and the CROOKED QUEENS DEM MACHINE do not have the best interests of the community or the constituents (which look at what Jamaica looks like, that tells the REAL STORY), because if you really did, you would NEVER have backed the incumbent Wills from the get go, knowing full well he had DONE NOTHING for the community and his past was extremely shady. Now while I feel that Adams really does care about this community and wants to do everything she can to help improve it, this whole thing smells too much of typical politics where the community and constituents take a backseat so that the Queens Dem Machine can always stay in power and keep new and fresh blood out of the picture, while they CONTROL ALL. THAT IS NOT DEMOCRACY. You are just taking a page out of the playbook of the person you all constantly criticize, TRUMP. AND so the Jamaica clown car circus and good ole boys club continues while the Jamaica community continues to suffer and quality of life in this community continues its down-slide. BUT people in that district, you still have the FINAL SAY SO. Don’t let the bully Queens Democratic Machine dictate for you. It did not work last time and Sanders won his seat by a large margin. AND I will say this to Senator James Sanders, Jr., at least he does not bow down to the Queens Democratic Machine. Sanders is actually endorsing Hettie Powell, going against the machine again. Good for him. BOY, the stench of MENDACITY fills the community of Jamaica and the Queens Borough. In the meantime, crime is still rampant, the community is looking like "homeless village thanks to over 26 homeless shelters dumped here, Royal Waste Dump, in the downtown area, continue to pollute and cause major truck issues, our parks have turned into outdoor homeless shelters while the crazies, mentally ill, drug addicts and criminals roam the streets posing safety risks (the horrific gang rape of a mother of two this months proves this), continuous illegal truck driving on residential streets, garbage & litter on every single block and the quality of life, which has gotten worse in the last 6 months continues to go down hill. In the meantime, the Queens Dem Machine plays a deadly game of political chess where the tax payers are the pawns. https://cleanupjamaicaqueens.wordpress.com/
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