The Bayside Hills Civic Association held a candidates night covering three state legislative elections. The competitiveness of those three elections varied dramatically, with Assembly Member Nily Rozic running unopposed, Assembly Member Ed Braunstein heavily favored to win over Republican opponent David Bressler and Democrat John Liu, Independence Party candidateTony Avella, Republican Vickie Paladino and Conservative Party candidate Simon Minching in a heated state senate race. Liu defeated incumbent Senator Avella in the Democratic primary and Paladino defeated Minching in the Republican primary. Avella arrived late, just after the forum concluded. Liu and Avella studiously avoided each other in the post-forum mingling.
Council Member Eric Ulrich drew several Queens elected officials to a City Hall rally Friday, objecting to the de Blasio administration’s efforts at using hotels in Maspeth and Rockaway as homeless shelters. The electeds’ objections, substantially focused on the process and lack of communication by the administration, left them exposed to the deep anger of the 150 or so people attending the rally. Those attendees, predominantly from Maspeth with a minority from Rockaway, deeply oppose siting a shelter in their neighborhood no matter what process or communication is used. Their anger eventually overwhelmed the elected officials’ efforts to conduct a press conference, driving those elected officials into City Hall as the crowd chanted outside on the City Hall portico and briefly marched on City Hall plaza.