Borough President Endorsement: Helen Marshall
Sep 14, 2009 | 2353 views | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In making our endorsements this election year, we have had to tackle the difficult issue of term limits and backing any incumbent who is taking advantage of the change in law to run for a third term in office. We can only endorse an incumbent if we feel that they truly are the best candidate in the field, which is why we endorse Helen Marshall for Queens borough president.

For eight years, Marshall has served the people of Queens well, bringing resources and funding to the borough for major projects such as the revitalization of Queens Plaza and a new swimming pool/hockey rink to Flushing Meadows Corona Park, as well as allocating money to the borough’s many cultural institutions.

To accomplish this, she has had to utilize her extensive connections in government from the local to the federal level – connections she made serving in both the State Assembly and the City Council.

There is definitely room for improvement in a third term for Marshall, and one of the downfalls of working in government is that it becomes difficult to think outside the box; new voices and opinions circulating at Borough Hall would definitely be a welcome change.

We sat down with Marshall, as well as her opponent Marc Crawford Leavitt. Leavitt impressed us with his sincerity and his desire to hold the office of Queens borough president. He had good ideas to both promote the borough and grow its economy, and didn’t strike us as a political opportunist looking for a stepping stone to a higher office.

Leavitt is an enthusiastic candidate who would bring energy to the office, but contrary to popular belief, the job of borough president is more than just being a cheerleader for Queens. It requires a strong knowledge of government and legislative experience, which is why the Queens Ledger is endorsing Helen Marshall for borough president.

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