Queens poles and officials flood the top Town Hall squares – Queens Daily Eagle

And there are others – recently elected Queens City Council member Tiffany Cabán is likely to be the main voice of the progressive wing of the council and Queens council member Joann Ariola, who heads the Republican Party of Queens County, will likely be a prominent voice in her. party caucus.

“The road to Town Hall runs through Queens,” said José Bayona, executive director of the Mayor’s office for ethnic and community media, who is himself a longtime resident of Queens. “The people of Queens sometimes feel neglected, but that will not be the case with the Adams administration.

“Mayor Adams is focused on solving problems in every neighborhood in the city, and his high-level appointments in Queens are the latest indication of his commitment to the most diverse borough in the country,” added Bayona.

In a statement to EaglePresident Adams celebrated the influx of officials from Queens to some of New York City’s top offices.

“As a longtime resident of Queens, I am delighted to be a part of the borough’s presence at the highest levels of New York City government,” the speaker said. “The Borough of the World is filled with talented and committed public servants, who come from working-class communities and share a common passion to uplift this city. I look forward to working with other Queens natives to move our city forward. . “

Representative Gregory Meeks, who leads the Queens Democratic Party and who spearheaded efforts to take over the chairmanship of council member Adams, said it made sense that Mayor Adams turned to Queens for some of his main meetings.

“We have such great talent in Queens and the mayor is interested in finding talent,” Meeks told the Eagle. “He looked at, because of who he is, the talents of the Outer Borough and the people who might bring a different perspective to New York politics, rather than those of Manhattan. It is extremely important to balance our cities in the five arrondissements.

According to political consultant Trip Yang, the rise of Queens in the city can be attributed in part to its expanding electorate.

“In terms of gross voting power, Queens is increasing,” Yang told the Eagle.

While Queens has a smaller population and fewer registered voters than Brooklyn, its approximately 1,366,500 voters outnumber Manhattan’s.

The changes within the ward have also started to impact the entire city, Yang said. While in the past the most active constituency in Queens lived in South East Queens, a new voting block has grown in prominence in West Queens, a change that candidates running for a state, city or district office should be considered.

“If you need to get votes in Queens, you can’t just go to South East Queens, you also want to go to Western Queens, especially for progressive candidates,” said Yang, who worked on the campaigns of Queens Borough President Donovan. Richards, Public Counsel Jumaane Williams, Queens City Council Member Shekar Krishnan and Attorney General Letitia James.

In addition, the growth of the Asian population in New York has been particularly pronounced in Queens. The Asian population of the borough is around 706,000, growing 29% over the past decade and surpassing the overall population growth of Queens by 7.8%, according to the 2020 census. Part of the city’s Asian population resides in the neighborhoods of Queens including Flushing, Richmond Hill, and Long Island City.

“It’s very important for Queens,” Yang said. “The rise of the Asian and South Asian American electorate has been concentrated in Queens.

“[City Councilmembers] Julie Won and Linda Lee, the very first members of the Korean-American Council, are from Queens, [Krishnan], one of the first two members of the South Asian council is from Queens, ”Yang added. ” One year ago, [Assemblymembers] Zohran Mamdani and Jenifer Rajkumar were the first elected officials of a South Asian state, both from Queens. “

Hank Sheinkopf, political consultant and professor of political science, considers that the rise of Queens is intimately linked to that of Brooklyn. While electoral power has drifted somewhat away from county organizations, it has been acquired by a more progressive and younger population who live in both boroughs, he said.

“Right now, with gentrification and changing neighborhoods, the future of the city’s energy hubs lies in Queens and Brooklyn, together in a unified block,” Sheinkopf said.

Meeks said no matter how strong the influence of the Queens Democratic Party is, he is happy that officials with roots in Queens are taking office.

“We’re all in the same boat,” Meeks said. “When you talk about the Queens Democratic Party, we are part of the Queens community, like everyone else, and I don’t like to enter into those differences.”

“What [Mayor Adams] I’m looking for talent, what I’m looking for is talent, ”he added. “I look at the President of City Council, she is full of power and can help make a difference and bring a different perspective to City Council as a leader, as can the Mayor, who had a lot of support from Queens County. because he’s from Queens County.

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