Martha Taylor, a member of Community Board 8 and a longtime fixture in Democratic politics in eastern Queens, has launched her second bid for the City Council seat being vacated at the end of the year by Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows).
Taylor lists herself as an attorney on filings with the city’s Campaign Finance Board, and is listed as undeclared for any specific office. Former Assemblyman Rory Lancman also has announced, as has Briarwood community activist Andrea Veras. Gennaro is being forced out by term limits.
Krista Brenner, a consultant for Taylor’s campaign, said in an interview last week that Taylor worked in the administrations of mayors Ed Koch and David Dinkins, and for former comptroller and current Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson.
“She was called the million-dollar woman in [Thompson’s] Affirmative Claims Unit,” Brenner said. “She streamlined the recovery process by which the city collected damages when people damaged things like city trees, fire hydrants and police cars.”
Brenner said Taylor considers education issues to be a top priority, and will look at waste and fraud to help trim an anticipated $1.7 billion budget deficit for 2014, though she did not cite specific programs or expenditures where that might happen.
Taylor kicked off her campaign on Jan. 7 with a fundraiser that drew Democratic luminaries from throughout the city, including Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and Congressman and Queens County Democratic Chairman Joe Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx).
Her filing with the Campaign Finance Board says Taylor had raised $55,310 as of Jan. 12, and had almost $45,000 on hand.
Among her contributors are Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights); Jack Friedman, executive director of the Queens Chamber of Commerce; Ann Jawin, founder of the Center for the Women of New York; and Carol Gresser, a former member of the old Board of Education and one-time candidate for borough president.