2013 ELECTIONS: Queens Borough President

14 Tony Arcabascio

Huge Lead For Katz In BP Race

During the Democratic Primary for Queens Borough President, most of Melinda Katz’s opponents dropped out and endorsed her before voters went to the polls.

In the end, the former Councilwoman and Assembly member defeated two opponents, Peter Vallone Jr. and Everly Brown, for the nomination. On Tuesday, she faces one of those opponents again, with a Republican from Vallone’s turf thrown in the mix.

Brown, who took third place in the September primary, is running on the Jobs and Education line. Republican Aurelio “Tony” Arcabascio also joins the fray to replace the term-limited Helen Marshall.

Katz has focused her campaign on her service to Queens and her experience in government. In addition to terms in the City Council and State Assembly, Katz also served as director of community boards under Borough President Claire Shulman.

Arcabascio, a 30-year technology professional, has stressed the need for more healthcare facilities throughout the Borough, along with bringing new businesses to Queens to fill a number of empty buildings in areas like Maspeth.

Brown, a business owner and community organizer, has stated his main goal as raising the quality of life for Queens residents by bringing transparency to government and finding ways to improve schools and fund community clean-up initiatives.

– Steven J. Ferrari