Flushing Assemblywoman Grace Meng, who is serving her second term in Albany, has been endorsed by the Queens Democratic Party to replace Gary Ackerman (D-Queens, Nassau) in Congress.
The announcement was made Monday for Meng to run for the newly created 6th District seat. She will be opposed in the Democratic primary by fellow Assemblyman Rory Lancman of Fresh Meadows, and City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley of Middle WIllage.
Meng said her campaign will follow Ackerman’s legacy and tackle problems facing the elderly, medical costs, schools and the economy by getting people to work together.
“Our campaign for Congress will resist any efforts to divide our communities,” Meng said. “We will not tolerate any attempt, overt or coded, to play one community off another.”
She added that her nomination is also important to women. “Queens has a proud history of supporting exceptional women, many who have encouraged and supported me for years,” Meng said.
The Queens Republicans have not announced their endorsement, but Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) has indicated his interest in the seat.
The new 6th District extends from Flushing, Fresh Meadows and Bayside to Maspeth, Middle Village and Glendale. Ackerman announced last week that he will retire at the end of the year.