A progressive who touted the necessity for accountability as she vies for state Senate was a no-show for her Queens group, data reveal.
Democratic socialist Kristen Gonzalez, who’s operating in a district that spans Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan — hardly ever attended Neighborhood Board 4 conferences throughout her 2018-2022 tenure.
Attendance data present Gonzalez missed 46% of CB 4’s conferences in that point, a determine which constitutes “substantial nonattendance,” in keeping with the board’s code of conduct.
Throughout her time on the board, which covers a swath of struggling Queens neighborhoods together with Corona, Elmhurst, Newtown, and LeFrak Metropolis, Gonzalez missed:
- An April 2020 dialogue about securing pandemic aid by naming the CB4 space a “catastrophe zone” on account of the coronavirus pandemic.
- A June 2019 assembly, which included a as soon as in half-century vote on rezoning in LeFrak Metropolis.
- In December 2018 a compulsory coaching from the town’s Battle of Curiosity Board.
Neighborhood board votes are advisory in nature, however nonetheless carry weight amongst metropolis businesses and officers.
The general public tardiness flies within the face of Gonzalez’s personal marketing campaign rhetoric, during which she has extolled her dedication to public workplace.
“It’s so necessary to elect somebody to Albany who will likely be accountable to the communities they serve,” Gonzalez stated throughout a major debate final month.
Gonzalez’s repeated absence from CB 4 didn’t shock Frank Seddio, a longtime take-no-prisoners Brooklyn powerbroker.
“They’re all stuffed with s–t. ‘Oh I’m a progressive. I’m gonna be there,’ after which they don’t present up,” he stated. “It’s unhappy and regrettable. That’s one of many major necessities, that you simply attend the conferences. How a lot enter can you’ve if you happen to don’t take part.”
Seddio, the previous Brooklyn Democratic Get together chairman, stated he was backing former councilwoman Liz Crowley, a reasonable, within the race.
Gonzalez — a product supervisor for American Specific — is now locked in a ferocious major for New York’s 59th State Senate district which covers Astoria, Lengthy Island Metropolis, Greenpoint, North Williamsburg, and a slice of japanese Manhattan.
She faces Nomiki Konst, a fellow socialist and one-time candidate for Public Advocate, and Crowley, a former metropolis councilwoman.
Gonzalez has locked up the endorsements of a lot of the metropolis’s blue-chip lefties, like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the New York chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, however her failures to attend group board conferences have stirred the ire of some progressives.
“I don’t belief that individuals who don’t present as much as group board conferences will present up for constituents and employees,” State Senator Jessica Ramos stated of Gonzalez in a heated textual content trade with Astoria District Chief Shawna Morlock, that was later posted to Twitter.
Gonzalez has additionally been accused of siccing her followers on her opponents.
“Your ways towards us have inspired supporters of yours to threaten, harass & bodily intimidate me, our staff & supporters. We don’t really feel secure & it’s obtained to finish, now. No one ought to be afraid to run, communicate out or marketing campaign,” Konst tweeted final month.
Pundits say the presence of two socialists within the race affords a possibility for Crowley, a relative reasonable.
“It’s reasonable that two progressives may cut up the vote and guarantee a win for Elizabeth Crowley,” stated veteran New York Democratic strategist Hank Sheinkopf. “She is a former councilwoman, she has greater identify ID, she begins out with a bonus, and their presence maintains that benefit.”
There are not any public polls within the race. Konst and Crowley haven’t beforehand served on group boards.
“I’m pleased with the work I did alongside fellow board members like Metropolis Council Member Jennifer Gutiérrez, who endorsed our marketing campaign, in addition to the mutual assist work I used to be doing at the moment. But it surely’s clear our opponents would relatively speak about some month-to-month normal conferences I missed whereas chairing different work on the board and attending Govt Committee conferences than what this election is definitely about: cash versus individuals,” Gonzalez stated.