The race for the Democratic nomination for Queens Borough President came to a widely-expected conclusion on Tuesday afternoon, July 21. Elizabeth Crowley, the candidate with local backing from the likes of Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills’ Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld and community activists Nechemiah Hoch, David Reich, and Alan Sherman conceded her bid with an endorsement of Councilmember Donovan Richards. Crowley called for unity throughout the diverse borough of Queens on the path to getting its fair share.

In a statement, Crowley wrote: “I am proud of the race we ran for Queens Borough President.  From neighborhood to neighborhood, we shared our ideas and our concerns, we put forward plans, and we renewed our commitment to move our communities forward. We worked hard, and I know our people and our borough will be better for it.”

The contest has not officially been called by the Board of Elections, as some districts are still being tallied. Crowley added, “The numbers to win are just not with us.” Crowley spoke with the Council Member earlier on Tuesday to both congratulate and lend her full support as he became the Democratic nominee for Queens Borough President. “During these most challenging times, we need unity to bring our great borough together. Queens deserves its fair share. To accomplish this, we must unite and emerge stronger than ever,” her statement concluded. Richards is projected to have a landslide victory come November.

 By Shabsie Saphirstein