2013 ELECTIONS: District 29

Torodash Challenges Incumbent Koslowitz

Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz is running for re-election in the 29th Council District, which covers Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens and parts of Maspeth, Richmond Hill and Elmhurst.

20C KoslowitzShe has held the seat since 2010, taking over from her predecessor, Queens Borough President candidate Melinda Katz. She was also in the City Council from 1991 until 2001. Before her return to the Council, Koslowitz served as Deputy Borough President under Helen Marshall.

Koslowitz has been an advocate of improving the quality of life for seniors, families and women in the district. She recently funded more security cameras for the 112th Precinct, which covers much of her district. Koslowitz has also been an advocate for keeping the after-school Beacon program at JHS 190 in Forest Hills and improving safety at Forest Park following several incidents earlier this year.

Among the endorsements Koslowitz has received are Transport Workers Union Local 100, the Communication Workers of America and the NYC Central Labor Council; NYers for Clean, Livable, & Safe Streets.

Her opponent for the seat, Jon Torodash, is running on the Civic Virtue line, named after the Triumph of Civic Virtue statue that was moved from in front of Borough Hall to Brooklyn in 2012.

Torodash has been vocal about the statue’s move, saying it should have remained in Queens and the process of how and why the structure was moved should have been made more public than it was.

Torodash also believes in improving public transit in CD 29, keeping the district free of garbage and stopping overdevelopment in the Borough. He also wants to boost the number of police officers in Queens and throughout the City.

- Luis Gronda