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Richards, Hyndman enter Queens BP race

Two Southeast Queens Democrats jump into growing candidate field

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Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2019 10:30 am

Southeast Queens has doubled the list of announced candidates for Queens borough president over the course of five days.

Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) announced his candidacy on Wednesday, citing a list of achievements in the region that he said he wants to bring to all of Queens.

Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman (D-Springfield Gardens) made her formal announcement last Friday.

Richards was first elected in the 31st District in 2013, when James Sanders Jr., for whom Richards served as chief of staff, was elected to the state Senate.

“Queens needs to have a voice that has been at the table before when it comes to decisions on zoning,” Richards said in a statement issued by his campaign. “When I chaired the Zoning Committee, I ushered in a $300 million deal that will bring new affordable housing, infrastructure investment, and open space. This project broke ground last month and will help revitalize the entire neighborhood, while keeping it truly affordable.”

Now chairman of the Public Safety Committee, Richards said he has worked with communities and the NYPD to bring “real and meaningful reform to the criminal justice system.” He also touted the approval for and ongoing creation of the NYPD’s future 116th Precinct to be centered in Rosedale.

His district serves Arverne, Brookville, Edgemere, Far Rockaway, Laurelton, Rosedale and Springfield Gardens.

Hyndman was elected in the 29th Assembly District in November 2015. She represents Laurelton, Rosedale, St. Albans, Addisleigh Park, Hollis, Springfield Gardens and Jamaica.

“I am excited to announce that I am running to be Queens Borough President,” Hyndman said in an email released by her campaign on Friday. “We have come so far as a Borough but we cannot slow down or sit back — not when there is so much at stake.”

Hyndman said as a single mother, immigrant, education advocate and community leader, “my journey is not unique to the many faces who call Queens their home.”

The conventional wisdom is that Queens will be having a special election for borough president this coming February, with term-limited Borough President Melinda Katz, a Democrat, considered an overwhelming favorite in her November race for Queens district attorney against Republican candidate Joe Murray.

Among Hyndman’s stated goals are securing more resources for schools and senior citizens; increasing the availability of affordable housing; protecting immigrant communities; and making Queens “the green borough.”

She and Richards join Councilmen Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) as announced candidates. Both, like Richards, are running up against term limits in City Hall.

Others believed to be considering a run include former Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing).

Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) also has filed paperwork with the city’s campaign finance officials for an unspecified office.

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