Seeking to work together for the benefit of their overlapping legislative districts, state Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway), left, and new City Councilman-Elect Donovan Richards (D-Rockaway) recently met at the Sherwood Diner in nearby Lawrence, LI.
Goldfeder congratulated Richards on his Feb. 19 victory in the special election to serve the rest of the year in the 31st Council District, previously held by now-state Sen. James Sanders Jr. (D-Rockaway). Richards defeated seven opponents including, by a razor-thin margin, Goldfeder aide Pesach Osina.
Goldfeder’s 23rd Assembly District encompasses South Queens and most of the Rockaways, while Richards’ 31st Council District comprises the borough’s southeasternmost section, including Far Rockaway.
The two talked about issues such as education, transportation and, especially, the progress of the recovery from Hurricane Sandy in southern Queens and the Rockaways.
The assemblyman called Richards “a great friend and the right candidate to represent this diverse district,” and the two agreed it is imperative they work together to ensure the city and state deliver services to the area.