Our Neighbor’s Civic Association of Ozone Park hosted a Queens borough president candidate forum, drawing Jim Quinn, Donovan Richards, Elizabeth Crowley, Costa Constantinides and Anthony Miranda to one of the final forums before the March 24th special election was cancelled (and later rescheduled for June 23rd). Civic association President Joe Caruana moderated the forum.
The Bayswater Civic Association hosted a Queens borough president candidate forum, with Costa Constantinides, Jim Quinn, Anthony Miranda and Elizabeth Crowley appearing before an audience of approximately 50 people. The forum was moderated by Eugene Falik, with remarks by Bayswater Civic Association President Enid Glabman.
The 21st St. Pat’s For All parade marched up Skillman Avenue, drawing thousands of participants and spectators on a sunny March Sunday. The St. Pat’s For All parade was founded by Brendan Fay in response to the long exclusion of LGBTQ groups from the large Manhattan parade. That exclusion ended in 2016 but the St. Pat’s For All parade continues as a vibrant Irish celebration drawing enthusiastic involvement from the LGBTQ community and the Jackson Heights and Woodside neighborhoods that host the parade.
Christ Church International hosted a Queens borough president candidate forum, drawing Costa Constantinides, Anthony Miranda and Elizabeth Crowley to Jamaica on a Saturday night. The forum was co-sponsored by Faith In New York, with FINY executive director Crystal Walthall moderating. The forum also featured remarks from Christ Church International Bishop Joseph N. Williams.
The Rockaway Youth Task Force sponsored a Queens borough president candidate forum that featured four candidates. Anthony Miranda, Costa Constantinides, Donovan Richards and Elizabeth Crowley attended the forum at Macedonia Baptist Church in Arverne, appearing before a full house of approximately 200 people.
The New York League of Conservation Voters held a candidate forum focused on environmental and sustainability issues. Costa Constantinides, Anthony Miranda, Donovan Richards and Elizabeth Crowley attended, fielding questions from moderator Katie Honan and the audience at the New York Hall of Science in Corona.
The Bay Terrace Community Alliance held a candidate forum featuring all six active candidates in the March 24th Queens borough president special election. (A seventh candidate, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, is on the ballot but has announced that he’s ended his campaign and is not seeking election.) BTCA President Matthew Silverstein, 1st VP Warren Schreiber and 2nd VP Phil Konigsberg questioned the candidates for nearly two hours, with the candidates also given the opportunity to pose a question to one of their competitors.
The New Visions Democratic Club hosted a Queens Borough president candidate forum Monday night in Jackson Heights featuring five candidates. Council Member Costa Constantinides, former Council member Elizabeth Crowley, Anthony Miranda, Jim Quinn and Council Member Donovan Richards spent nearly two hours answering questions from moderator Ross Barkan and, briefly, from each other. An audience of approximately 100 people attended. The forum was co-sponsored by the Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens, the JFK Democratic Club and the South Asian Democratic Alliance.
The special election, filling a vacancy created by the resignation of Melinda Katz upon her taking office as the Queens district attorney, is on March 24th with early voting beginning March 14th. The winner will serve through December 31, 2020, with the remaining year in the four year term to be filled in the November 2020 general election.
The Powhatan and Pocahontas Democratic Club and the Taminent Regular Democratic Club co-hosted a public advocate candidate forum that drew ten candidates to Astoria on a bitterly cold night. Candidates attending included Ron Kim, Danny O’Donnell, Dawn Smalls, Jumaane Williams, Jared Rich, Ydanis Rodriguez, Michael Blake, David Eisenbach, Nomiki Konst and Rafael Espinal.
Neither club endorsed a candidate at the forum and it’s my understanding that neither club intends to endorse in the race. Of the elected officials attending the forum, Council Member Costa Constantinides has endorsed Nomiki Konst and NYS Senator Michael Gianaris and Assembly Member Aravella Simotas each said that they have not endorsed in the race and are uncertain whether they’ll do so.
Approximately 1,000 people rallied in Jackson Heights Saturday in support of immigrants and asylum seekers detained by the Trump administration and in opposition to the Trump administration’s policy separating children from their parents. Organized by state senate candidate Jessica Ramos, the rally and march was one of hundreds of similar events held throughout the country, including a larger rally in Lower Manhattan with a march across the Brooklyn Bridge. The Jackson Heights rally was held in front the Post Office on 37th Avenue, with a march along 37th Avenue to the Park of the Americas in Corona.