BY JON CRONIN
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) won big Tuesday night in the Democratic primary, but she still has a tough battle facing challenger Robert Holden, the president of the Juniper Park Civic Association, in November.
The Queens Democratic party turned out en masse at Crowley’s victory party at Woodhaven House in Rego Park. U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens), who is the leader of the Queens Democratic Party, said that his cousin won since she ran a campaign with integrity and voters knew that “she puts her constituents first.”
She thanked her supporters and told them, “It’s not over yet. We gotta make sure we win in November.
In Middle Village, Holden sat in his campaign headquarters in his garage on Caldwell Avenue and stated that he was proud of the grassroots campaign he ran.
“We didn’t know to expect,” he said, adding that he believe that only the “most liberal” would come out to vote in the primary, “That’s not me. That’s not my base.”
In November, Holden will run on the Conservative, Reform and Dump de Blasio party tickets. Of the last one, he assured, “It’s a party.”
“I’m the underdog,” he said. “My focus has always been the election. I believe I have a good shot.”
At the polling site in the Ridgewood YMCA on 64th Street, voters living the site all said they were voting for Crowley. Bill Wrigley, a teacher and 16 year resident of Ridgewood, said he voted for Crowley. For Wrigley, the decision was mainly because of Holden’s stance on issues. Wrigley said that Holden seemed too conservative for Democrat, especially since he was boasting about “shutting homeless shelters and fighting teachers unions.”
“I have students who live in shelters,” said Wrigley as well students with parents at Rikers Island, which he thinks should be closed. “I don’t want to see more people fall into that hole,” he said.