The borough president’s job is not clearly defined in the City Charter, which has led the seven Democrats vying for the spot to mold their own ideal of how Queens should be run.? State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), businessman Everly Brown, City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), Director of Community Boards Barry Grodenchik, former state [...]
Democratic Party primary challenger John Messer and state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) traded jabs over gay marriage and term limits in a heated debate last week, although they agreed on some key initiatives, such as job creation, opposition to hydrofracking and support for the state Dream Act. The candidates squared off at New York Hospital [...]
State Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) does not own an iPod. His challenger, former Democratic City Councilman Tony Avella, would rather have a beer with Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino instead of Paladino’s Democratic opponent, state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, “because it might end in a big argument.”
These answers were revealed during a candidate’s forum at St. John’s University Monday night, sponsored by TimesLedger Newspapers and the Queens Chronicle in conjunction with the university. On a more serious note, the candidates spent the rest of the evening explaining how they would deal with reforming Albany the state’s budget deficit and root out state corruption.
A political debate in St. Albans last Thursday hosted five candidates running for four offices representing southeast Queens, but incumbents and their challengers never once met face-to-face during the forum.
For the first couple months of the campaign, state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky, Oakland Gardens attorney John Messer and New York Lottery winner and former chemistry professor Isaac Sasson of Flushing largely avoided appearing at events together, but they verbally sparred Aug. 24 at a MinKwon Center-sponsored event, then again at the Aug. 25 Queensboro Hill Civic Association meeting.
“I got a call last week from [managing editor] Liz Rhoades from the Chronicle and she said they were thinking of setting up this debate. I explained to her that there are already five in October, and that there would be ample opportunity for my constituents and the media to be there,” the state senator said Monday morning.