Thursday, December 24, 2009
John Liu - Did anyone ever expect that a local Chinese American would rock the Political world and surge ahead in the Polls and win the Runoff to make Political History? No! But he did and he will forever be a part of NYC History and the First Winner of Save Flushing Queens
Peter Koo - Like John Liu a Political underdog who shocked the world with his Political Victory. It proves that a nice guy can finish first. We supported him as a political novice who wants to go to City Hall and shake things up! We need a Businessman who knows how to lead!
Isaac Sasoon, Terence Park, Martha Flores, Pauline Chu, Ethel Chen - winners for showing the strength to cross party lines and put community first a rarity in today's political world, they exemplify what leadership is all about.
Grace and Jimmy Meng - For working behind the scenes to defeat Yen Chou a horrific candidate who believes only in self interest. Serving the people was last on her agenda as evidenced by her campaigns insistence that Party was more important than community.
Helen Marshall - facing a primary opponent and defeating them with ease while other incumbents fought challengers and were either toppled or barely survived.
Queens Republicans - Picked up seats in districts that were overwhelmingly Democratic. Showed some life!
Yen Chou - Spend money alienate and threaten people run for public office after not voting in 10 years divide community with anti white and anti Jewish rhetoric. Call yourself an "Educator" after missing 64% of CEC meetings. Becoming the First Democrat in 100 years to lose to a Republican in Flushing for a City Council Race. Need we say more.
SJ Jung - Moves to Flushing to run for office. Does will only because of the Working Families Party, now has to answer question to not only the CFB but to the Feds about Voter Fraud, Illegal Expenditures and more Social Justice Jung may now have a chance to Indict people unfortunatly it is not by his willingness to stand up but by Subpeona.
Mike Olmeda - Campaign Manager to Yen Chou a robust man full of bravado has certainly been deflated. His divide and conquer strategy failed and was rejected. He should go back to candidates school and learn how to be civil. I believe he will be a loser for years to come.
Senator Toby Stavitsky - She backed Yen Chou all while screwing up Albany at the same time. This relic of a Politician ought to be retired immediately! Stavitsky is a perfect example of the disfunction in Albany she attends no events has no base in the Asian community, and she is a complete sell out to the special interest in Albany. She a Loser for seeing 2 Council Members who she supported lose.
Tony Avella - This pompous ass thought he was above all! he ran for Mayor and was lucky if he garnered his wife's vote. He head is so high in the clouds he forgot that he represents the people and not the people must bow in his presence.
Jerry Ianacce - What can we say-if we carved a district of only his house he would probably lose. This man will never understand that public service is about exactly that serving the public not about feeding his ego!
Queens Dems - Sometimes being loyal to a Political Party is asking too much and the Queens Dems can no longer put Mickey Mouse up and expect Voters will vote for him. People want change and want elected officials who will put community before Politics. As soon as we get rid of parties we will all be better.
So for the New Year may we as citizens be able to effectuate real change to rid Albany of those who do not serve our interest! Please God help us preserve our community and City.
A Blessed Holiday Season To All!
Monday, December 21, 2009
I guess SJ will now have to sing to the Feds and talk about how a man who moves into Flushing a few days before the petition process can become such a viable candidate.
Who rasied his money?
Who ran his Field ops?
Who gave him the List?
Did he participate in scams?
Was campaign Finance Laws Violated?
Will This Damage SJ's Future?
SJ Ran for public office, now he can't hide from the Feds!
Click Here For Story on SJ and the Feds! http://www.observer.com/2009/politics/source-more-wfp-subpoenas
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Hey Corey Bearak Ethics reform Should Start at the Beginning
I recently was invited to attend the Queens Civic Congress annual event to meet and greet the Legislators of our great Borough. Now I really don’t know too much about this organization so I decided to Google and do a web search and I was shocked what I found.
Corey Bearak the President of the Queens Civic Congress is a registered Lobbyist and Political Consultant! Joe Bruno gets indicted for using his influence, Corey’s old boss Sheldon Leffler gets sent to jail abusing his Power, Assembly Members Seminerio and McLaughlin both will spend time in jail for their transgressions, and yet a community leader can use his Political clout and his community position to make a ton of money and to pad his pockets.
Now Corey is rumored to be running the election of David Weprin for State Assembly. Isn’t this a conflict? How can he purport to be a “Volunteer for the Community” as he gets paid by campaigns and Lobbies Legislators and uses his Community business card to garner entry and influence?
Yes we need to reform Albany Right Away! But we also need to reform “Civic Politics” where the corruption starts.
Corey B. Bearak Biography of Political Service: A professional Hack
Government & Public Affairs Counselor Attorney-At-Law
Public Policy and Government Affairs
Political Consulting and Strategic Campaign Management
Media and Public Affairs Political Lobbyist
Corey Bearak provides strategic consulting services for public officials, government and community agencies, unions, institutions, private firms, individuals, and political candidates, and manages non-clinical operations of a human services agency
Corey was named Legislative Counsel to then-Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer in 1999, where he developed issues and new policy initiatives, counseled the Borough President on legislation and served as a legal, media and policy advisor. Through April 2003, Corey served Mr. Ferrer's successor, Adolfo Carrion Jr., as Director of Planning, Policy and Budget. Before heading to the Bronx, Corey served more than 16 years as Counsel/Chief of Staff to a northeast Queens City Council Member who chaired the Public Safety Committee and previously the Committee on Environmental Protection. From June 2003 through May 2005, he authored a weekly column on public policy, The Public Ought to Know. Corey also served as an Assistant to then-Secretary of State Mario Cuomo and in the Office of Bronx District Attorney Mario Merola.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Well it is true Koo always stated "This is not about Republican or Democrat but Leadership and Experience" His fundraiser showed that to be true. Leaders from all Parties flocked through the door enthusiastically showing Koo's broad appeal. Senator Frank Padavan, Assemblywoman Grace Meng, Former Senator Serf Maltese, Democratic Council Candidate Isaac Sasson, Mike Niebauer Independence party Chairman, Former Republican Council Members not sure but I think Tom Ognibene, Former Assemblyman Jimmy Meng, Democratic leader Terence Park, Vince Tabone Executive Vice Chairman of the Queens GOP.
The list goes on, but perhaps even more impressive was the racial and religious and political diversity of the 350 attendees. Democrats sitting with Republicans Jews sitting with Hindus and Catholics. Chinese with Koreans, Whites with Hispanics and Blacks sitting with Indians.
The fundraiser proved one thing to me Peter Koo is a Uniter and if this is an example of how he is to govern we are in good shape!
Friday, December 4, 2009
Clearly, Dan Halloran is quite a character but we at Save Flushing Queens believe he may be the one leader who may surpass all of our expectations. He has to calm down and stop defending his religion and defend his community with the same vigor (all of his community including Korean Americans).
Halloran is bright, has a grasp of the issues, has a high level of energy and is battle tested. He can step in at City Hall and make a difference, so long as he does not fall into the political trap of thinking City Hall is there to serve him rather than he serving his community at City Hall.
He may be the guiding light that his community has been looking for having had 8 years of self serving ineffective leadership under Tony Avella.
I for one am hoping that Dan will be the Man.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Does she expect a challenge from Yen Chou? She should only pray that Yen is her opponent Grace would get 75% of the Vote.
Does she expect a challenge from SJ Jung? Maybe, but again Grace would clearly be the victor.
Grace keep up your fine work as an Assembly Member and realize you will win, because people appreciate a devoted public servant who is honorable.
I believe we will be in good hands for the next 4 years. Peter remember we here at Save Flushing Queens will be a hard group as we look for a better place to live. The issue you will have to address is Over development, Taxes, and the Economy.
I will write you at the Flushing Mall!
Friday, November 20, 2009
With an enrollment disadvantage of five Democrats to each one Republican, no one gave Peter Koo a chance. We here at Save Flushing Queens, made a decision after the primary to support Mr. Koo, because he is a man of honor and conviction and the decision was correct. We are proud of our decision and frankly the community will be proud that they stood up for change and rejected a candidate who was an empty “Red” suit.
Since the Election things have been quiet, everyone is back to their day to day lives, the annoying phone calls have stopped, the ugly proliferation of Posters has ceased. Peter Koo has begun his graceful Transition. He is attending Civic Associations, Senior Centers, Churches, and has avoided the nonsense of boring insignificant press conferences as he prepares to represent us in the City Council.
We should all work to support Peter and offer guidance and assistance as he begins the new stage in his community service as our Council Member.
Good Luck Peter.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
With the race for City Council coming down to the last days… we here at Save Flushing Queens ask that each of our readers exercise our right to vote and make a decision! Failure to vote is abdicating your civic responsibility and only empowers others over yourself.
The choice for City Council in District 20 could never be clearer. The Choice is Peter Koo. Peter deserves a chance to represent us; he has lived in Flushing, worked in Flushing, Employs people in Flushing, and has financially supported so many charitable events and organizations in Flushing but more important he is a man of honor and unfortunately his opponent Yen Chou cannot say the same.
Yen Chou has desecrated the RKO Theatre with Illegal Posters
Yen Chou has Failed to Vote in 10 years
Yen Chou’s AIM academy failed to pay rent and was evicted having to pay $9300.00
Yen Chou Missed or was late to 70% of her official meetings and was forced to resign in disgrace.
Yen Chou used anti-Jewish propaganda in her Primary Election
Yen Chou was petitioned by 300 angry parents demanding her School Board removal accusing her of specific acts of fraud.
Yen Chou has accepted all the Special Interest money, and will be the special interest best friend
Yen Chou may face an investigation into her Campaign Finance Fraud
Yen Chou’s non-for-profit raises over 115,000 and does not show where it is spent leading to potential Fraud.
Yen Chou is simply unfit to serve. So this Tuesday Vote as if the future of our community depends upon it…because Ladies and Gentleman IT DOES!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Yen Chou has attacked Terence Park, Isaac Sasson, Ethel Chen, Pauline Chu, Martha Flores-Velasquez, John Baez all as Losers and the list goes on. Who is she to label long time trailblazers and civic minded citizens as “losers”
Truth be told they are, in my mind, TRUE LEADERS! Individuals who chose by the candidate and not by the Party.
Yen Chou can not hide her feeling of hate.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Yen Chou has photo's of herself with Various ethnic groups saying she is "bringing our community together" Really Yen? Then explain to the Jewish Voters why your campaign's anti-Semitic rants during the primary were made and explain to the voter why you never apologized? Maybe because you needed to divide the Community to win!
Yen why did you say this Council seat is a "Chinese Seat" are there not others who can represent this district with honor? Maybe a Korean American or a Latino American or African American or yes even a White American. Why Yen do you needed to divide our community to win the primary? Maybe you have no record of experience and the things that you do are mired in corruption and illegality or lack of civic responsibility.
Yen Chou shows herself with Congressman Ackerman calling him her mentor. Really Yen then explain why you never voted for your "Mentor" Is that what the Congressman teaches? Did your Mentor approve of you missing over 60 percent of all your CEC meetings? Do you make your Mentor proud? I am sure he looks at your record and is embarrassed.
Yen why have you accepted the endorsement of Council Speaker Christine Quinn? Do you read the papers? She had an illegal Slush Fund and is under investigation by the Federal Government for Fraud. Already Council Staffers and Council Members have been arrested and charged. Is that the leader you will support if you are elected? I say yes because you are not independent you are a tool with no original thoughts.
We need Real Change we need a Council Member who shows up for work! We need a Council Member who votes we need a leader not a tool of Politics and Special Interest.
Monday, October 26, 2009
I love Flushing, I have lived here my entire life, yes it has changed, sometimes for the better sometimes for the worse! I became active this year in the Primary becuase I needed to get off the sidelines and help my community. I voted for Isaac Sasson and almost voted for James Wu. I at first went to help Yen Chou but she never responded back to me. It was clear that her campaign would not care for white voters. She has shown disdain for us since day one! Her Primary remarks that this is a "Chinese Seat" and if "you wait to the General election, you help elect a Jew" are divisive statements.
As a preservationist, I was extremely angry at Yen Chou for allowing the desecration of the RKO, by her campaign team. Her Posters are illegally up everywhere! She acts as if she is Above The Law! I understand Politics is a tough business, but it does not have to be dirty! Yen Chou's camp viciously attacked James Wu with mailings at the last minute and I am sure she will try and tarnish the reputation of Peter Koo.
But now I have heard the worst of Yen Chou! Her husband is going through the Chinese papers and calling supporters of Peter Koo and threatening them. He is telling them when she gets elected that she will use her power to destroy them! Did someone empower him? Who is he? Does he still live in Bayside?
These underhanded tactics are so low that I have asked the New York City Department of Investigation to look into voter intimidation and will forward a similar complaint with the Federal Government seeking immediate actions. Yen Chou's husband has some answering to do! because some of the people who he has threatened are ready to speak. Including Presidents of non profits, small business owners and regular citizens who have felt his wrath.
We do not need people representing us who will resort to dirty tricks and intimidation to get what they want!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
A local Queens newspaper, the Queens Examiner stumbled across an interesting fact, Yen Chou has failed to vote for 10 years! When she did decide to vote it was for herself in the recent primary! Why would someone who claims to be so active in the community not participate at all in the Democratic Process? A Democratic District leader who doesn't Vote? Clearly, voting in elections is not only an honor but many feel a duty and responsibility. Our American Democracy is founded upon the ability for us to choose our leaders. What is so great about the United States is that we can change leadership with the power of a vote and not by shedding blood. It is a dishonor to all our Veterans and those who paid the supreme sacrifice to fight to protect our freedoms. Yen Chou wants the power for herself but she does not want to advance our democracy and freedom.
Last night I attended a debate Yen Chou openly admitted to the small audience that she did not Vote! She offered poor excuse after poor excuse, Instead of saying "I have failed in my civic responsibility!"
We give her credit for taking on the issue, but she deserves to lose the election for her lack of civic responsibility. Remember this is not just about voting, it is also about being appointed and accepting the responsibility of representing parents as a member of the CEC Community Education Council, she missed or was absent near 60% of the time missing votes that were urgent in the field of education and affected our community.
Please, you don't have to believe us go on-line and check the CEC for District 26, go to the minutes and see Yen's failure to Vote.
Please go on-line and check the Editorial for the Queens Examiner and read why they rejected Yen Chou
Yen Chou only cared enough to vote for herself and she will never care about you or the community when elected!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Finally the campaign which has been run “Above The Law” is facing the music. This restores our faith in government.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Yen Chou in June of this year announces her support for David Weprin over John Liu in the race for Comptroller. Her announcement and comments were published on June 4th in Sing Tao Daily and the World Journal. Yen takes a few calculated shots at John Liu and opposes him in the vote for the Queens Democratic Organization nod for Comptroller.
Once John Liu becomes the choice of the Democratic Organization… does Yen Chou support him? No! She goes on to support and carry petitions for Weprin and herself against the Party.
Chou and her few supporters continue to bash John Liu in hopes of advancing Weprin.
On September 15th John Liu makes the runoff and Yen Chou narrowly escapes with a win in the Primary.
From the 15th on Yen Chou is doing all she can to get the now coveted endorsement of John Liu and Liu delays, the runoff comes and goes and Liu is the winner, our next Comptroller. Day by Day Democrats cross party lines to support Republican Peter Koo, some of John Liu’s inside power players are seen in open meetings in the Flushing Mall food mart and at the Sheraton. Koo’s campaign gains momentum. John Liu comes out and makes an endorsement for City Council yet it was not for Yen Chou it was for Kevin Kim a smack in the face for Yen Chou. Peter Tu a Liu loyalist becomes a campaign manager for Peter Koo to work on Chinese vote for Election Day.
Still no Endorsement, The Democratic Organization calls and pushes John until he plays Loyal to his party publically and he endorses Yen Chou. The next day a group of campaign strategist loyal to Liu are told to work and help Koo.
So Now one Candidate has the public endorsement and the other has the Campaign team sounds like John Liu has split loyalties. You Decide!!!
We at Save Flushing Queens feel John Liu would prefer the more experienced Peter Koo in his old Council Seat.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Yen Chou has No Respect.
Yen Chou has No Honor.
Yen Chou believes if you plaster posters you win races.
Yen Chou is void of substance.
Yen Chou should be rejected.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Let us warn you she is poised to attack her opponent Peter Koo and was ready to attack SJ Jung before he pulled out of the race. Why may you ask?
Because when you can't win on substance, experience or record you lie, cheat and demean honest people!
You heard it here first.
What will she say??? She was ready to attack SJ as a candidate who can't win, who had connections to Korean leftists and just moved into the district. She will try to divide Flushing by telling Chinese you can't have a Korean representative like she did in the Primary. She will tell you that he has the support of Unions and he is a Liberal Democrat. She was going to use the politics of fear and hate.
What else will she say? She will lie and say that Peter Koo can't win despite the polls that say something else, she will spread lies about the amount of time he has represented Flushing, she will attack that he is an immigrant and he does not speak perfect English. She may even talk about how Peter was unsuccessful in his first attempt at Public office. So what?
In the Primary Yen Chou started false rumours against Isaac Sasoon a good man and leader.
Yes she will attack and attack and throw mud all so she does not have to answer questions about her own record.
Call Yen Chou ask her how many times she was late or absent from her official department of Education Position representing parents on the Community Education Council.
Call and ask Yen Chou if she has the proper license for teaching?
Call and ask Yen Chou why she did not support Flushing's own John Liu in the Primary but instead David Weprin.
Why do candidates Mudsling? Because they are hiding their own failures. Yen Chou you can run but you can't hide your record of failure and corruption follows you where ever you go.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
We here at Save Flushing Queens recognize that putting up campaign posters is part of the Political Process. When in storefronts that is positive, when on Public property it is downright unacceptable. The above photo is a perfect example of why Yen Chou should not be elected to the New York City Council. She firmly believes she is above the law, her arrogance is her downfall.
You may think that this is petty of us but the reality is she abuses all laws and official complaints have been filed with regard to allegations of Fraud in her campaign financing, letters have been sent to the City Campaign Finance Board and she may face a legal review from the District Attorneys office right here in Queens County!
If she is elected will this mean she will have to resign if brought up on charges and if so we as a community lose.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
The Flushing campaign is an example of what we all hate and despise about politics. During the Primary season, Special interest groups came into the district and tried to buy a City Council Seat by pouring money into political coffers so that if a candidate gets elected, they are forever indebted. Yen Chou’s financial disclosures read like a who’s who in “I’m going to screw Flushing”. But the good people of the 20th Council District in the Democratic Primary manage to recognize this and 76% of all those who voted rejected Yen Chou and her politics of hate and divisiveness. A political upstart in S. J. Jung, nearly toppled Yen Chou despite having only moved into the community a mere few months ago.
Let’s review why Yen Chou should have lost this primary despite being the overwhelming favorite.
1. People rejected her politics of hate.
2. They were angered when they learned of her abysmal record as an official representative of the people for the Department of Education.
3. Her anti-Semitic statements galvanized the Jewish vote and nearly propelled Isaac Sason to victory.
4. Yen Chou’s campaign finance disclosures are under investigation and people know where there is smoke there is fire.
All the political pundits had Yen Chou walking away with this Primary race, but now she faces the fight of her life in the November election. This district was perfectly suited for a true leader like Isaac Sasson but absent that, Peter Koo, the Republican candidate may be able to overcome the enrollment differences by beating a divided Democratic ticket as S.J. Jung stays on the “working families” line.
Yen Chou’s voter base will be divided and Peter Koo with 3 lines in November may very well pull off the upset of the century in Flushing. Yen Chou can be defeated and her vile brand of politics can be eliminated.
Stay tuned folks, the fight has just begun.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Yesterday, we received an email most likely from some political candidate or another giving Yen Chou a report card for her term on the CEC. We are not great fans of Yen Chou she has displayed a level of arrogance in her campaign, as a matter of fact when I tried to reach out early on to see if I could help her, I was not even afforded a return call by her. I spoke with a campaign supporter, I realized then Yen Chou had no interest in white voters or support.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Fri, 08/14/2009 - 08:57 API candidates District 20 Flushing
Flushing - New York's other (and way way larger) Chinatown has seen a huge spike in Asian-American candidates running to represent it in public office. With current city councilman John Liu running for the
City Comptroller position, there is now a ferocious primary fight to replace him. Although the campaigning has at times turned ugly, it seems to have calmed down now with a better focus on issues rather than attacks. The outcome is not yet apparent and no candidate will win the primary along ethnic lines. The winner will have to appeal to the large Chinese, Korean, South Asian and Jewish communities as well as offer concrete solutions to improve issues facing the community.
Here are the candidates as of today:
**All fundraising figures are available on the New York City Campaign Finance Board**
Yen Chou - her candidacy focuses mostly on education as she was an educator and served on school boards. Also served as a liaison to API community under another city councilman.
Campaign promises include greater funding and accessibility to English and Second Language Programs, reduction of class sizes Promises to tackle traffic and pollution
Well versed and experienced in education issues
Unclear and limited platform; I cannot find anything more detailed than a few bullet points on her website, certain issues such as health insurance are beyond the reach of the City Council
Does not indicate how education reforms will be carried out since mayoral controls over the schools has been renewed.
Allegedly leaked campaign memo has critics accusing her of ethnic campaigning and racism
Has not garnered endorsements from teachers unions, education groups
The verdict: In a race such as this, a lengthy, solid platform is necessary in which you must be able to not only convince the voters that you can bring about what you promise. Otherwise, its just saying empty phrases like "business incentives" and "health insurance". Will need a major breakout to get support from places other than the Chinese-American community.
A small business owner in Flushing who is tied strongly to other Korean businesses in the area. Founder of YKASEC
Platform built mostly around compromise between factions within Flushing
Experience in community organization
Most funds among candidates
Has picked up impressive endorsements from ACORN, several labor groups and the Working Families Party (significant third party in NYC)
Hard to maintain a middle ground in battle between development and anti development groups
Persistent allegations that actual residence is in New Jersey
The verdict: Even if SJ Jung does not win the Democratic Primary, he may choose to run on the Working Families ticket during the November elections. The impressive endorsements and large war chest should keep him in the race until the end. Residency rumors are persisting in that he registered to vote in Flushing earlier this year.
One of the current district leaders in District 20, Flushing. Also served in Marines and is a member of his civic association
Has made digital textbooks major campaign issue. Claims that city can negotiate a lower price with manufacturer and give every student digital textbooks rather than traditional paper ones. Will reduce strain on students and help environment Extensive knowledge of community due to his work as a civic and district leader Strong record of reinforcing voting rights, opening new polling sites
Has run a very quiet, low key campaign (signs were posted only this week)
Needs to assert himself, lack of presence allows opponent Yen Chou to convince the Chinese-American community that she is the only Chinese candidate running The centerpiece of the campaign, digital textbooks may become a logistical nightmare for the schools and bureaucracy
The verdict: He needs to make some noise and be heard or will be overshadowed be other candidates. His knowledge of the community is among the best among the candidates and has a long record of civic leadership in regards to parks, voting stations and youth sports.
A former cancer researcher and lottery winner
Has won the lottery so will likely not accept donations from third parties
Has engaged in ethnic campaigning in the past
condemned by Congressman Gary Ackerman
Allies include anti-Asian former city councilwoman Julia Harrison,
other district leader Martha Flores Vasquez
"Rude merchants and criminal smugglers" - Julia Harrison
"The district can have a qualified candidate or an Asian candidate" -
Martha Flores Vasquez
Represents the older residents of Flushing, most of which resent the
Strongly anti-development platform leaves no room for new families
Engaged in vicious lawsuit to knock another candidate off ballot
Known for refusing to compromise, often out of touch with needs of community wanted Flushing hospital closed, defeated in vote 39 – 1
The verdict: In spite of the fact that he immigrated to America, Sasson clearly sides with the anti-Asian faction with Flushing. Regardless of the ethnic support he may receive, he is clearly banking his roots in the Jewish community and xenophobia to win the office. I've tried to be fair to all candidates but this individual and his views are reprehensible and it is undeniable that he is trying to play among ethnic lines.
Recent college graduate and youngest candidate in the race
Recent Political Science degree give him great understanding of the city's political system
Platform more extensive and organized that most opponents
Lots of practical experience
Extensive experience in affordable housing due to construction work, coordination with dept of buildings
Junior port master of Chios harbor in Chios, Greece
May be knocked off ballot due to allegedly fraudulent signatures
Currently defending candidacy in court after Sasson files lawsuit against him. Lost temper at candidates forum and accused Sasson of attempting to monopolize the White vote for himself
Political experience may be an issue
The verdict: Kavadas's campaign may or may not survive the week. Although he has the least experience in city politics, his recent political science degree indicates that he might already have a basic understanding. Fundraising is currently under severe drain due to legal defense. Should his campaign survive the legal issue he may be in a very weak position to continue. Likely has promising future in city politics nonetheless.
Chief of Staff to current city councilman John Liu, civic leader
Worked eight years under current city councilman, extensive knowledge
of city hall and issues
Endorsement of many labor groups, Queens Democrats, 1199 SEIU,
Teamsters, League of Humane Voters and current councilman John Liu
Has worked on legislation at City Hall
Broad ethnic coalition
Endorsements from Latino, African American and LGBT groups
Has coordinated with 109th Precinct on community issues
Police-community relations not frequently addressed by candidates
Late entry into race has put him at fundraising disadvantage
The verdict: In spite of many citywide endorsements and the all important Democratic endorsement Choe has not been able to separate himself from the other candidates. He has chosen to files for matching funds as late as possible in order to maximize the amount he would receive. It remains to be seen if he can overtake his better funded opponents (Y Chou, Jung and Sasson).
Evergreen Chou (Green Party)
Health care worker and leader of the Flushing Green Party
Targeted recruitment for police department extremely important
Scoutmaster of Troop 888
Initiatives such as emphasizing Chinese medicine to fight swine flu and more cats to get rid of rats in Flushing are impractical and even a little dangerous
Not much is known about his candidacy
Was only allowed a minute to speak at recent candidates forum
3k raised is dwarfed by all candidates
The verdict: Although targeted recruiting of officers that represent (and speak the same language as) members of the community is exceptionally important, most of his other campaign promises seem impractical, especially using cats in traffic heavy and bustling downtown Flushing. Some ideals of the Greens will mesh well in helping to fix the severe pollution in Flushing, but as a third party candidate, his chances of winning are very slim.
Small business owner and fixture in Flushing community
Very well known in community
Built chain of Starside Pharmacy from scratch, self made
Has worked with Business Improvement District across party lines to help attract tourism, promote events and cleanups
Tough on public safety and crime
Has called for direct election of State Judges
Republican in an overwhelmingly Democratic District
Anti-development platform may be at odds with some residents
Residents and developers: affordable housing
Koo: quality of life and infrastructure issues
The verdict: Peter Koo is probably one of the nicest people you will ever meet, but his political party puts him at a distinct disadvantage. In his previous campaign against the incumbent
Democratic State Senator, he was crushed by a wide margin even withhis community ties and popularity. However, if the Democratic party cannot get its house in order by November, Koo may just pull off anupset. That being said, Koo is a major figure in the Business Improvement District where he worked with Democrats, business owners and community leaders to pull off some major events and benefited the community at large.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
In order for Yen Chou not to be considered a whiny political hypocriteshe should stand up and announce that she will not exceed the spendinglimit set forth by law. Is she willing to do that? We doubt it!
Will she be a Slave to Special Interest? Most certainly!
Will she owe everyone under the sun if she were to get elected? Yesand when that happens it leads to corruption!
Yen Chou is coming under scrutiny for potential campaign FinanceViolations including what some are saying may be illegal tactics.Investigators from Democratic circles are following a lead that somecontributions are illegal because someone is fronting the money fordonors. Is this true? Time will tell!
One thing is for sure, those who live in glass houses should neverthrow stones. Might be wise words for Yen Chou to listen to.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Well thanks to the offer of a trusted friend our post will now be translated into different languages. We purchased an email list from a list broker and it seems that we were attempting to reach out but some did not understand our message.
So look for our new feature! Have a Great Day!
Monday, August 3, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
The time for all the shenanigans is about to begin! Lets hope that when the candidates for the 19th and 20th Council District file for public office that they think about the voters rather than their self interest.
You see each year one candidate or another is thrown off the ballot by their opponent. Why because these candidates are afraid to face a real challenge, afraid to let the public make the determination of who should represent them.
Well Save Flushing Queens has purchased an email list of 5,000 households off a Political List Broker and are poised to do weekly updates. We will be sure to include all those who are going to waste our courts time with law suits and waste taxpayer money by frivolously challenging an opponent, we will oppose anyone who denies someone the right to seek to represent us!
We as private citizens are seeking a choice, a real choice and this year we have that, if candidates use our archaic system of “Petitioning” to limit our choice we will work hard to oppose said candidates.
This Post will be sent to all the candidates Please tell us if you plan on Challenging your opponent or if you believe in true Democracy!
By Brian M. Rafferty
The campaign of Council candidate Yen Chou was hit last week of rumors that it supported an anti-Semitic position in helping Chinese-Americans retain the seat set to be vacated by John Liu.