We guess it’s a foregone conclusion that he is going to keep his seat on election day. The Queens Republican Party is in such shambles they can’t even help a perfectly legitimate challenger in Marvin Jeffcoat.
The editorial board of our venerable rag sat down with Jeffcoat (us gossiping penny-a-liners were excluded), and from what we hear they were pleasantly surprised.
As for the subways, Jeffcoat doesn't see much point in spending a lot of money on Wi-Fi when the trains can't event run on time. “Get me to work on time, and I'll use the Internet at my job,” we were told he said.
He also has issues with the bike lanes that continue to be implemented on Queens Boulevard, especially the loss of valuable parking spaces, and Van Bramer's obsession with national issues, marching across the Queensborough Bridge instead of focusing on the local issues in his district.
Too bad Jeffcoat can't get any real support from the Queens County Ulrich Party...umm, we mean...the Queens County Republican Party to help him mount a more substantial challenge.
Speaking of gossip, sources tell us that Van Bramer wasn’t on the original list for the Crain's City Council Speaker debate that took place this week, but called to get himself on the dais.
Crain's is running a business so why not? But the only person talking about Van Bramer becoming the next speaker of the City Council is Jimmy Van Bramer.
A fellow Democrat told us last week that Van Bramer is infuriating his peers by constantly showing up in their district for feel-good events like ribbon-cuttings and groundbreakings under the guise of chair of the Cultural Affairs Committee, stealing some of the spotlight to generate citywide name recognition.
He has also been rankling residents of City Lights in Long Island City, who we are told need his office to help them with a looming property tax issue. Maybe he can accomplish it in his “loophole” third term.
Spoiler alert: we are fans! It's easy see that the Queens borough president hits a sweet chord with the people of Queens and has a keen sense for fulfilling her duties.
Melinda Katz has a Republican challenger in Bill Kregler, who hails from Woodside’s Big Six, but we think Katz has been able to make great strides for the people of Queens during her time in office.
If de Blasio hadn't been so critical of Amazon, Katz might have convinced the retail (and soon everything else!) giant to open its new HQ2 in the borough.
Elephant, meet room
The District 30 City Council race between Robert Holden and Elizabeth Crowley is downright ugly. “Angry Bob” has forced some Angry Republicans in Middle Village to take out ads in local newspapers (like ours) this week.
A main point of contention is a letter Holden wrote to voters on August 21 professing his lifelong loyalty to the Democrat Party.
The ads, with the disclaimer “Beware of Jackasses in Elephant's Clothing,” take issue with Holden’s name being added to the Republican line in the general election after losing in the Democratic Primary to Crowley.
The people behind the ad also created a spooky Halloween robocall that targeted every registered Republican in the district on Tuesday. It is equally irreverent, and you can hear it in the Pol Position section of our webiste.