With Queens Borough President Helen Marshall stepping down next year, there are several contenders currently kicking off their campaigns for the soon to be vacated position.
Candidate and State Senator Jose Peralta held a fundraiser on Monday night in Jackson Heights. Queens Democratic Party Chairman and Representative Joseph Crowley attended the fundraiser. Crowley also helped former City Councilwoman Melinda Katz get her campaign off the ground with a fundraiser in Forest Hills.
In an interview with the Queens Gazette, Peralta said that if he wins the position he will combine the styles of both Helen Marshall and former Queens Borough President Claire Shulman. He wants to use his office to better allocate funds for different projects in the borough.
Katz was an assemblywoman from 1993 until 1998 and a City Councilwoman from 2001 until 2009. She also ran for Congress in 1998.
By Ryan Lavis