We endorse Elizabeth Crowley for City Council in the 30th District
Oct 26, 2017 | 4773 views | 3 3 comments | 77 77 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Liz Crowley is as responsive to community concerns as any City Council representative there is, and she has been fair when spreading capital dollars for improvements throughout the district.

The massive sewer projects in response to the flooding in Glendale and Middle Village are a hallmark, and Crowley was able to help Maspeth successfully fight the ill-conceived plan by the mayor to take over a hotel in the area as a full-service homeless shelter.

In Glendale, Crowley has funded extensive renovations to the Glendale Library and Evergreen Park, as well as overseen the development Glendale Plaza on Myrtle and Cooper avenues.

In Maspeth, she funded extensive renovations to Frank Principe (Maurice) Park, allocated money for programs at Maspeth Town Hall, and helped the Maspeth Chamber of Commerce beautify Grand Avenue.

In Middle Village, Crowley was responsible for several improvements to Juniper Valley Park, including the $4 million renovation to the park's track, handball and bocce courts and new exercise equipment.

She secured the biggest historic district in all of Queens, Ridgewood North and Ridgewood Central. She helped have the roof repaired on the Greater Ridgewood Historical Society’s Onderdonk House, and secured funding for Greater Ridgewood Youth Council Pre-K Center.

In Woodhaven, Mary Whalen Playground was also updated through Crowley’s efforts. Until then, Mary Whalen Park hadn’t been updated since the 1970’s.

Her opponent Bob Holden, a civic activist in Middle Village, has always vocally abhorred the shenanigans of political gamesmanship in the borough, yet after he was crushed in a Democratic Primary by Crowley, he made a deal with the Republican Party to get their line on the November ballot.

The Queens County Republican Party always intended to put him on the ballot if Holden, a registered Democrat, lost to Crowley. We think using a loophole to take their person off the ballot after the primary and put this lifelong Democrat on the line instead smells rotten.

Holden has run the Juniper Civic Association as its self-imposed, lifelong president. The civic is known for getting involved in politics, even though civics generally don't side with politicians.

The civics meetings are rife with controversy, a smattering of people whining about current legislators, while restricting free speech by removing people from the meeting if they make a statement that might be contrary to the leadership’s thoughts.

“Bye-bye” was the chant of leadership when people spoke in favor of a dog run at Juniper Park during a civic meeting a few years ago, in essence throwing them out of the meeting.

How we can vote for someone who doesn’t believe in free speech is anyone’s guess. He and his handful of civic leaders practice free speech only when they agree with what is being said.

We say this November, cast your vote for Elizabeth Crowley.
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terri11378
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October 30, 2017
Are you kidding me? Just a reminder..She was no where in sight when we were protesting at the homeless shelter. After months of denying she knew nothing about the shelter, Banks clarified....Crowley knew about Maspeth shelter plans months ahead of public

https://www.timesledger.com/stories/2016/44/shelterrally_2016_10_28_q.html?utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=module&utm_source=similar&utm_content=intra

Edward88
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October 29, 2017
This appears to be written by EliZabeth Crowley and given to the Queens Ledger to publish.

Missing from this opinion are the many failures of Liz. Failure to support and protect Maspeth from homeless shelters. As a matter of fact DHS chief said at a public meeting with Liz in attendance that he gave her fair advance notice of his plans. Where was she when Glendale raised money to oppose the homeless shelter in their neighbor. Not a penny from her pockets. Calamus Av sewer project continues to trouble area residences. Fear of cancer causing water lines, broken sidewalks, cracked foundations are just a few of the issues that Crowley ignored. Woodhaven Blvd traffic and parking losses has made the area one big parking lot.

Crowley has been in office of nine years. Has anything gotten better? Did she really earn our vote?
Maria - from Maspeth
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October 28, 2017
Is this an ad for Elizabeth Crowley??? Who is endorsing her? Why does this article not state exactly who is endorsing her?

I'm disappointed with Times Ledger. Clearly you are under the thumb of the corrupt Queens democratic machine....