Leroy Comrie beamed with pride after triumphing over challenger Clyde Vanel to retain his District 27 City Council seat in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.
“It feels good that the community has validated me by giving me the honor of continuing to be their City Council member,” he said. “I tried to run my campaign based on my record and my desire to continue to serve the community and I’m glad that the community responded in kind.”
During his victory speech at the Guy R. Brewer United Democratic Club on Linden Boulevard, Comrie thanked his supporters, staff and volunteers.
“The energy that went into the campaign over the the last few days was tremendous,” he later said. “It created a great positive energy throughout the district.”
Comrie was joined by other elected officials who had supported his campaign such as state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Jamaica), Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-St.Albans), and Assemblyman William Scarborough (D-Jamaica).
For many voters Comrie’s decades of experience and ability to create community partnerships separated him from his competitor.
“He has shown great leadership in our district over the years,” said voter Reggie Thomas. “If he promises something, he delivers. He is a man of integrity, a nice guy, a good guy. He’s visible, available and will help anyone he can.”
Daneek Miller, the president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Division 1056, said his members have supported Comrie since he was first elected to the district seat back in 2002.
“He has worked diligently on behalf of the community of southeast Queens as well as working people and the labor movement,” Miller said. “He’s championed our issues around public transportation and concerns of the community so we had no choice but to go with the person who has worked for us for the last eight years. It was just a no-brainer.”
Comrie’s first priority during his new term is to address the three-week backlog of constituent complaints that have come into his office. He will also try to find resources and a location to open a new community center as well as visit all the schools in his district to determine how they are doing and what they need.
The councilman carries a small notepad with him everywhere he goes, which he uses to jot down any concerns that his constituents bring to his attention. According to Jamal Wilkerson, the community liaison and special assistant to Comrie, that is just another way he shows his genine desire to improve the district.
“If something goes wrong, he wants to write it down and then immediately take action,” Wilkerson explained. “That’s his reminder to take action so that day or the next day something will be done about the situation.”