BY DOMENICK RAFTER
New York’s 5th Congressional District
Covering the Rockaway Peninsula, Jamaica, Laurelton, Queens Village, Rosedale, Saint Albans, Springfield Gardens, South Ozone Park and JFK Airport, as well as parts of Nassau County.
Rep. Gregory Meeks is facing a primary challenge in the 5th Congressional District. He was originally slated to face state Sen. James Sanders, but Sanders dropped out of the race and decided to run for reelection to his seat in early Spring.
Rep. Gregory Meeks was first elected to Congress in 1997 representing Southeast Queens and replacing the Rev. Floyd Flake who had retired after a decade in Congress. Meeks is a high-ranking member of the Foreign Affairs and Financial Services committees and is the ranking Democrat on the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats.
Born in Pakistan and now living in Nassau County, Ali Mirza has been an activist for being relations between Pakistani and Muslim communities and other groups. A businessman by trade, Mirza is interested in helping immigrant communities adapt to life in the United States.
Covering Ridgewood, Woodhaven and Ozone Park as well as parts of Manhattan.
U.S. Rep. Nydia Velasquez is facing a primary challenge in the 7th Congressional District. Although mostly based in Manhattan and Brooklyn, the district includes the neighborhoods of Ridgewood, Woodhaven and Ozone Park in Queens.
First elected to Congress in 1992, Velasquez is the first Puerto Rican woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. She serves as ranking member of the Small Business Committee, which she chaired from 2007 through 2010 and is a member of the Financial Services Committee.
Born in China and raised in the Bronx, Yungman Lee is president of Global Bank, Lee has extensive experience in the banking industry. In 1991, Lee was appointed by Gov. Mario Cuomo to be First Deputy Superintendent of the New York State Banking Department, a position he held until December 1994. His tenure with the Banking Department focused on protecting consumers and taxpayer dollars during industry restructuring following the nationwide Savings & Loan crisis, and in the collapse of commercial real estate mortgages.
Focusing on campaign finance as his main issue, Kurzon, a Manhattan-based lawyer, ran against Velasquez in 2014, garnering 19 percent of the vote. A former fundraiser for President Barack Obama, Kurzon is a support of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign and is seeking to eliminate corporate money in politics.