Queens, NY – With 16 union endorsements, former Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) is leading the field as a candidate in the upcoming Queens Borough President special election.
Crowley’s most recent endorsements come from the Uniformed Firefighters Association, the Uniformed Fire Officers Association and the Police Benevolent Association of New York City, which is the largest municipal police union in the world and represents nearly 50,000 retired and active police officers.
“For many politicians supporting cops is a photo op,” tweeted the NYC PBA. “@ElizabethCrowleyNYC has actually worked to earn our support. That’s why we’re proud to endorse Elizabeth for Queens Borough President.”
Crowley accepted the PBA’s endorsement tweeting, “The brave men and women of the @NYCPBA are on the frontlines of protecting New Yorkers day in and day out. As borough president, I will do everything I can to stand with those who keep us safe.”
Crowley has support from NYC Local Insulators Local 12, IUEC Local 1, CWA 1180 and IUOE Locals 891, 14, 15 and 30. As well as the Uniformed EMTS, Paramedics & Inspectors 2507, UA Plumbers Local No. 1, SMART Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 28 and IBEW Local 3, which represents nearly 30,000 electrical workers.
SMART Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 28, IBEW Local 3 and the Uniformed EMTs, Paramedics & Inspectors 2507 have also thrown their support behind Crowley.
“Local 2507 knows that Elizabeth Crowley is a public official who fundamentally understands and delivers for working families,” said Local 2507 President Oren Barzilay. “She has always supported EMTs, Paramedics and fire inspectors, who put their lives on the line to protect and care for the public. There is no place in the world like Queens and the borough deserves the best representation at the top. Elizabeth Crowley is that leader.”
Her support for expanding a rail line and experience as a union member has also garnered her endorsements from TWU Local 100 and DC 9 – NYIUPAT.
“We need rapid transit,” said Crowley at a rally in Astoria earlier this week. “If you look at Brooklyn, they have twice as many train stops. Our trains are breaking down, they are often unreliable and a report from the comptroller’s office shows that we lose tax dollars when we don’t get people to work on time. By investing in transit, there will be a ripple effect on our economy. We have rail roads that are not being used.”
Her proposal is extend and reactivate a retired commuter line that would increase transportation in Long Island City and Jamaica to transportation deserts in Maspeth and Glendale.
“We could have 20,000 jobs instead of 5,000,” said Crowley. “That is four times as many.”
Crowley believes that her experience in studying architecture and urban planning, and her background in the painter’s union puts her in a unique position to oversee the ULURPS that a borough president gets to offer recommendations for.
“We need you guys not just working in Manhattan, we need you here because every corner there is a development project happening right here in Queens,” said Crowley. “I’m not like a regular politician that went to study law or political science…we need a Robert Moses type…a master planner in the office.”