This election will always be special to us
Jul 29, 2015 | 7175 views | 0 0 comments | 268 268 recommendations | email to a friend | print
There's not going to be a nonpartisan special election to fill the northeast Queens City Council seat that Mark Weprin is giving up to take a job with the Cuomo administration, instead the election will likely proceed as usual with a primary and then general election in November.

But that's doesn't mean that the candidates interested in the position are sitting back and taking the summer off.

Recently, the widely considered frontrunner, former assemblyman Barry Grodenchik, picked up some key endorsements from Borough President Melinda Katz and councilwomen Karen Koslowitz and Elizabeth Crowley.

Grodenchik has hired Steve Behar, who was also rumored to be interested in the seat, to be his campaign manager, but is wisely keeping a low profile as any smart frontrunner should do.

Not so for some of his opponents. Attorney Ali Najmi is already acting like he's in office, holding press conferences and announcing legislation – such as the Parkland Protection Act – that he will introduce once he's in the City Council.

Whoa, slow down Ali! How about we get elected first?

And then there's perennial candidate Bob Friedrich, no stranger to running for office in this district with less-than-favorable results, but hey, maybe it's his year. And let's not forget Rebecca Lynch, a young political up-and-comer and former de Blasio aide, who found herself at the center of controversy this week.

The Post discovered on Monday that Lynch had hired a registered sex offender and convicted crack dealer to do door to door in Queens collecting signatures for her ballot petitions. The volunteer in question, 41-year-old Ritchie Torres, maintains his innocence and says he is working on the campaign because of Lynch's support of a “ban the box” law forbidding potential employers from asking about criminal records.

Looks like Lynch is already putting that law into practice!

And there is of course the lone fiery Republican vying for the seat, Joseph Concannon, who wasted no time taking Lynch to task for the gaffe, expressing the standard “outrage” and “demanding” a bunch of things.

“I would never even consider sending a convicted crack dealer on the sex offender registry to people's homes to collect signatures,” Concannon's statement read.

Now that's a campaign promise we can get behind!
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