After Hurricane Sandy knocked out the A train to the Rockaways, the Bloomberg administration instituted a city-subsidized ferry to the barrier peninsula, the sort of thing residents there had been wanting for years.
On Friday morning, just hours before Governor Andrew Cuomo was to reveal that talks to build a $4 billion convention center in Queens had collapsed, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder climbed a rusty trestle to an abandoned train track lush with plant life and described how the nearby convention center development might spark a rejuvenation of the long-derelict railroad, and by extension, southeastern Queens.(3)
Rory Lancman made a quiet push to challenge Bob Turner in the special election to replace Anthony Weiner in Congress earlier this year, but Queens Democratic chairman Joe Crowley eventually picked David Weprin to be the party's nominee. In the couple of months since Weprin tanked, handing a heavily Democratic district to Republicans and potentially complicating what already promises to be a hairy congressional redistricting process, Lancman has been conspicuously critical of Turner's early performance and has said that he's considering running for the seat in 2012.
"If there's a seat to run for, I'm going to be thinking about it very hard," Lancman said yesterday after the event.
On the undercard of today's congressional race is a handful of special elections for vacant Assembly seats, including two in Queens. One of them, a competitive race, is in a district partly located in the Rockaways, home turf of the Republican congressional candidate Bob Turner.