We endorse Elizabeth Crowley for City Council in the 30th District
Oct 26, 2017 | 663 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Liz Crowley is as responsive to community concerns as any City Council representative there is, and she has been fair when spreading capital dollars for improvements throughout the district.

The massive sewer projects in response to the flooding in Glendale and Middle Village are a hallmark, and Crowley was able to help Maspeth successfully fight the ill-conceived plan by the mayor to take over a hotel in the area as a full-service homeless shelter.

In Glendale, Crowley has funded extensive renovations to the Glendale Library and Evergreen Park, as well as overseen the development Glendale Plaza on Myrtle and Cooper avenues.

In Maspeth, she funded extensive renovations to Frank Principe (Maurice) Park, allocated money for programs at Maspeth Town Hall, and helped the Maspeth Chamber of Commerce beautify Grand Avenue.

In Middle Village, Crowley was responsible for several improvements to Juniper Valley Park, including the $4 million renovation to the park's track, handball and bocce courts and new exercise equipment.

She secured the biggest historic district in all of Queens, Ridgewood North and Ridgewood Central. She helped have the roof repaired on the Greater Ridgewood Historical Society’s Onderdonk House, and secured funding for Greater Ridgewood Youth Council Pre-K Center.

In Woodhaven, Mary Whalen Playground was also updated through Crowley’s efforts. Until then, Mary Whalen Park hadn’t been updated since the 1970’s.

Her opponent Bob Holden, a civic activist in Middle Village, has always vocally abhorred the shenanigans of political gamesmanship in the borough, yet after he was crushed in a Democratic Primary by Crowley, he made a deal with the Republican Party to get their line on the November ballot.

The Queens County Republican Party always intended to put him on the ballot if Holden, a registered Democrat, lost to Crowley. We think using a loophole to take their person off the ballot after the primary and put this lifelong Democrat on the line instead smells rotten.

Holden has run the Juniper Civic Association as its self-imposed, lifelong president. The civic is known for getting involved in politics, even though civics generally don't side with politicians.

The civics meetings are rife with controversy, a smattering of people whining about current legislators, while restricting free speech by removing people from the meeting if they make a statement that might be contrary to the leadership’s thoughts.

“Bye-bye” was the chant of leadership when people spoke in favor of a dog run at Juniper Park during a civic meeting a few years ago, in essence throwing them out of the meeting.

How we can vote for someone who doesn’t believe in free speech is anyone’s guess. He and his handful of civic leaders practice free speech only when they agree with what is being said.

We say this November, cast your vote for Elizabeth Crowley.
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