Over the last few months, we have followed all the major candidates and their campaigns and brought you comprehensive primary previews and results. To help you with your decision, The Queens Courier makes the following endorsements:
Mayor: We stick by our earlier endorsement of Michael R. Bloomberg for another four years. He is his own man and not obligated to any special interest groups or lobbyists. Bloomberg is leading the city out of the global recession with a minimum of pain. The public schools are steadily improving and graduation rates are soaring.
Borough President: Helen Marshall is the clear choice. Over the past eight years, she acquired tens of millions for public projects and facilities that enrich the lives of all Queens residents.
Comptroller: John Liu is the best man for the job.
Public Advocate: Bill de Blasio is our choice to represent you.
CD 19: We decline to endorse. The campaign between Kevin Kim and Dan Halloran turned ugly when, in a race full of mud, religion became an issue.
CD 20: Peter Koo is our pick. Koo is a proven business leader and these economic times demand an experienced hand at the helm.
CD 22: Peter F. Vallone, Jr., of the famous family, knows how to serve the community he loves.
CD 23: Mark Weprin is “an institution” in the community and deserves election. He has the experience and the heart.
CD 25: Daniel Dromm, who brings passion and enthusiasm, is our pick to lead his constituents.
CD 26: James Van Bramer, a long-time community advocate, is the clear choice in this race.
CD 29: Karen Koslowitz brings decades of experience and is the best candidate here.
CD 30: Again, we decline to endorse. Tom Ognibene has experience under his belt, but Elizabeth Crowley has been highly effective since her win in the Special Election in February.
CD 31: James Sanders, Jr. is the only choice.
CD 32: Incumbent Eric A. Ulrich, ever-present in the communities he serves, has the ability and energy and deserves to be re-elected. Since his win in the Special Election, the 24-year-old has brought a breath of fresh air, instituting a graffiti-removal program and devoting much-needed funding to the Queens Library system, the largest circulating in the country.
Remember to vote on Tuesday, November 3 – polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.