Her win changed not only the national political landscape, but New York City’s power structure. Voters in the 14th Congressional District chose a grassroots-fueled candidate over the old ways of the party machine.
As a result of Crowley’s loss, the Queens County Democratic Party has weakened its grip over local elections and decision-making. Its influence may eventually diminish completely.
It’s the end of an era in Queens and the Bronx, so now is the best time to thank Joe Crowley for his tremendous dedication and service to the communities he represented.
In Washington, Crowley pushed legislation to ease the rent burden on renters, reduce school overcrowding and tackle the opioid crisis. He helped pass the Zadroga Act to give 9/11 first responders better health care.
Back at home, the outgoing congressman hosted annual cultural celebrations, marched in all of the parades and spoke to constituents about their concerns.
He helped turn Queens nearly completely blue, championing Democrats of all races and backgrounds in the borough.
For two decades, Crowley climbed the ladder in Washington while keeping an eye out for his home city. His political success was no coincidence.
We don’t thank our public servants, especially the good ones, nearly enough for their efforts. They spend agonizingly long hours away from their families, hopping from event to press conference to meetings.
They advocate for important causes like keeping families together at the southern border, sometimes even risking their own health. Crowley collapsed during a protest on that very issue due to heat exhaustion earlier this year.
In his final months as a member of Congress, we wish Joe the best of luck in the next phase of his life, and thank him for his service to Queens and the Bronx.