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PODCAST: We Speak to Elizabeth Crowley Who is Running to be the Next Borough President

June 14, 2020 By Christian Murray

Former Council Member Elizabeth Crowley, who represented the 30th district in western Queens from 2009-2017, is running to be the next Queens Borough President.

We spoke to Crowley last week. The focus of the discussion dealt with police reform, COVID-19, community boards and jobs.

Crowley is one of several candidates in the race. The other candidates are Costa Constantinides, Anthony Miranda, Donovan Richards and Dao Yin.

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James

No way can we have another corrupt Crowley !!
If she wins- it would be due to “absentee” ballots organized by the Crowley attorneys who run the BOE! They have “kept” Crowleys in office illegitimately for decades – so they could all become millionaires off Corruption in surrogates court and back room real estate deals –
NY Times needs to expose the history of corruption at Queens BOE, how they spread and then helped Katz , Meng etc so They would be beholden to Crowleys.

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Larry Penner

Some people don’t want to face fiscal reality. It has been over two years since the final report was released in December 2017 regarding the reintroduction of transit service on the old Long Island Rail road Lower Montauk branch. This line ran from Jamaica to Long Island City with intermediate stops at Richmond Hill, Glendale, Fresh Pond, Haberman and Penny Bridge until 1998. Only former NYC Council member and Queens Borough President wanna-be Elizabeth Crowley refuses to acknowledge that the cost for introduction of light rail on that corridor was the last stop for this project. The study results indicated that the anticipated cost grew by 2100% from $100 million to $2.2 billion! Support from public officials, transit agencies, transit advocates, commuters and taxpayers subsequently disappeared. Neither City Hall, Albany or the MTA has offered any support or financial assistance to advance this project. Ditto for former Queens Borough President Melinda Katz along with any member of the NYC Council, State Assembly, State Senate, Congress and United States Senate. For Crowley to promise that the line would “be completed quickly” and “Albany would approve the project” along with coming up with $2.2 billion is wishful thinking. One wonders if Crowley continues to make promises which will never be fulfilled in our life time, what kind of Borough President she would make. Voters looking for realistic transportation improvements need to consider looking elsewhere for a better advocate as the next Queens Borough President.

(Larry Penner is a transportation advocate, historian and writer who previously worked 31 years for the Federal Transit Administration Region 2 New York Office. This included the development, review, approval and oversight for billions in capital projects and programs for the MTA, NYC Transit, Long Island and Metro North Rail Roads, MTA Bus, NYC Department of Transportation along with 30 other transit agencies in NY & NJ)..

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Crackson Heights

I love these politicians who talk about things that they do not have a clue about. As someone who works in the Rail industry I can tell you from experience this will be very very costly and not be finished quickly. Maybe if NYAR didn’t run freight along the branch it would be possible. The fact that LIRR extended its lease on the branch means it ain’t going nowhere. So how do you run freight rail along with light rail. There is no signaling system what’s so ever on that branch it was torn down. Also the crossings would need to be updated because they are set up for slow speed freight. Also how is she planning to power the light rail there is no DC propulsion on that branch. She would need to procure diesel light rail which would have to custom and not to mention all the NIMBYs who would love to have more diesels running in the day. She doesn’t know jack shit about railroads.

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