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

Education


As the mother of two who spent their lives in Queens public schools, Elizabeth understands no issue is more important than fighting for improved educational opportunities for our children.

When she was first elected to the New York City Council, Elizabeth’s represented the most overcrowded school district in the city. Over the course of her tenure, she fought to expand classrooms and succeeded: Elizabeth added 6,000 extra public-school seats, and her district no longer has the most overcrowded classrooms as a result.

But there is still a tremendous amount that needs to be done. Elizabeth understands that New York is failing Queens’ students and is not giving our children their fair share of resources. As a borough, we receive nearly $2,000 less funding from the city and state than the city average. This and our schools’ building utilization exceeding 105% are recipes for disaster. And there’s little doubt that all of our CUNY institutions need continued support—and none with as great a need as York College. As borough president, Elizabeth will advocate for significant investment in higher learning.

Elizabeth understands that the borough president must be committed to celebrating the impact of gifted and talented schools in our community—that’s why she will fight to protect the SHSAT and opposes the mayor’s and Department of Education’s radical plans to overhaul our school admissions programs without any community input. Simply put, we cannot have out-of-touch, out-of-borough interests forcing Queens to dramatically change the way we educate our children.

She also knows the utility of expanding career and technical education (CTE) programming throughout Queens. As borough president, Elizabeth will emphasize the need for our children to be ready for the 21st-century economy and improving the skill set of our students should be a top priority for Queens’ education system.