Former City Councilman Allan Jennings, who held the District 28 seat from 2002 to 2006, is trying to get his old job back, but his checkered past, which includes being censured for sexually harassing female staffers, placing newspaper ads professing his love of Asian women, and throwing a metal object at a reporter on live television, may deter voters from casting their ballots in his favor.
But to be fair, Jennings has done many things to help the community too.
During his first year in office, he worked 12 hours a day, cosponsored dozens of bills and resolutions, conducted numerous interviews and pushed his staff hard to attend to the needs of his constituents.
After learning that some students at PS 223 in Jamaica allegedly were being accosted by child molesters, he alerted parents to the issue and circulated photographs of the suspects.
Jennings helped homeowners by drafting legislation that made the city pay for sewer repairs and worked to improve civil service hiring practices, which had previously been unfair.
In 2003, Jennings used his entire annual capital funds budget — $1.5 million — to purchase hundreds of laptop computers for southeast Queens elementary school students. He said his goal was to get youngsters excited about learning so that they would get better scores on standardized tests.
Jennings did not return requests to be interviewed about his new goals for the district, if he gets elected this time around.