BY JON CRONIN
The ambitions of Queens politicians is on the rise in 2017, but, at least, for one, his pocket may not be able to match his aspirations.
The New York State Campaign Finance Board recently released state Sen. Tony Avella’s campaign contributions in his run for mayor at a total of $725. There were only seven contributors on the list and only three of those were from Queens. The highest donator was a Howard Babitch of Manhattan, who donated $250.
Conner Quinn, Avella’s communications director, said they are aware of the number and said that “it hasn’t been a priority at this juncture.” He added that currently they are concentrating on gaining support in the community.
Quinn said that with the holidays just passing, the team “didn’t feel comfortable hitting up cash strapped constituents for money,”
He said that at the beginning of February they will work harder on getting contributions and by the time campaign matching roles around in May, “We hope to be competing with the best of them,” said Quinn.
Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) has yet to announce his run for any seat, but has accumulated a $425,798 war chest, before city matching kicks in. Lancman’s highest donations are coming in at $4, 950, an amount typically given for a run for mayor or public advocate, but since he has not declared what seat for which he is running, he can skirt that rule for now. However, once he does announce it, Lancman must return the top dollar donations if he does not run for mayor or public advocate.
Lancman currently has 28 donations at the maximum amount of $4,950.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) is openly making a bid for the City Council speaker position since current Council Speak Melissa Mark-Viverito is being termed out. Although his intentions are well known, he has not formally submitted his paperwork to the city.
Van Bramer has 45 donations at $2,750. His total is $387,228.
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