Dear Friends,
Together, with your help, we ran a very competitive race for Queens borough president. From neighborhood to neighborhood, we shared our ideas and our concerns, we put forward plans, and we renewed our commitment to move our communities forward. We worked hard, and I know our people and our borough will be better for it.
I wanted you to hear it from me first: while the Board of Elections has not officially called the race, and some districts are still getting tallied, the numbers to win are just not with us. I recently called Council Member Donovan Richards to congratulate him and to give him my full support as he becomes the Democratic nominee for Queens borough president.
From the onset of this campaign, I would have never imagined the year we have all gone through. But I remain hopeful and optimistic not just for myself, but for Queens and the country as a whole.
This was an incredible opportunity. Thank you for your encouragement, thank you for the many hours of volunteering, thank you for donating—this campaign was built on your support.
—Elizabeth Crowley

On the Issues

Transit


For far too long, Queens has not received its fair share of transportation funding. That’s why we must fight for a 21st-century transit system that works for everyone in our borough.

Elizabeth understands that Queens residents spend far too much of their days commuting. Since her days on the City Council, she has been fighting for the activation of a fresh commuter line, the QNS. The infrastructure for the project exists; there is currently a freight line that extends from Long Island City to Jamaica, which goes through underserved “transportation deserts” of Maspeth and Glendale.

After sponsoring a major Department of Transportation study, Elizabeth demonstrated that this line can be converted into a passenger light rail service—at 10% of the cost of Manhattan’s 2nd Avenue subway extension. This project would ease congestion, create high-paying jobs, and serve 13% more of our transit-starved borough.

Upon leaving the City Council, Elizabeth has served as a founder and board chair of the Friends of the QNS, a group of local citizens who are actively advocating for the creation of the transformative commuter rail line. In fact, this plan is a central reason why the Transit Workers Union Local 100 endorsed Elizabeth’s campaign: the project will create good paying union jobs and make our communities better connected to every corner of Queens and New York City.

In addition to her signature QNS initiative, Elizabeth strongly supports the proposed connection of the Rockaway Beach Branch to the Montauk line, as well as the bold Triboro RX line to better connect The Bronx to Queens. Elizabeth understands that when it comes to our subway and commuter rail options, we cannot continue to lag behind our neighbors in Manhattan—and we cannot think small.

Elizabeth will also take on the MTA and the mayor when they try to shortchange Queens. That’s why she is a vociferous opponent of the proposed bus redesign plan. The call to eliminate the Q53 is yet another example of city and state bureaucrats ignoring the people of the Rockaways. Moreover, Elizabeth believes that shortening the Q22 and QT52 routes would further exacerbate the Queens transit crisis. Borough President Crowley will be clear: our leaders must focus on making commuters’ lives easier and think big to accomplish these goals.

Queens deserves better options; the cost of doing nothing (or cutting back) far exceeds that of our innovative plans. Our families and small businesses reject continuing being treated as a third-class “outer borough.”