Former Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley is stepping up efforts in her Queens borough president run with a poll finding one in five voters would pick her over her leading rivals.
While Crowley has been quiet since losing a tough re-election fight in 2017, she touted the poll as proof she’s still a contender.
“During my years in City Council, I fought for Queens values and against the status quo — I fought to protect public safety, to expand transportation, and to bring reform to the city’s budgeting process,” she said in a Sunday statement. “Based on our polling, voters are aware of what I’ve accomplished and that my record is resonating with voters.”
A survey of 1,282 likely voters put Crowley against leading candidates Jimmy Van Bramer, Costa Constantinides and Donovan Richards, all Queens Council members. A plurality of respondents — 44% — said they didn’t know who’d they vote for if the election were held now, but 21% supported Crowley; 16%, Van Bramer; 10%, Richards; and 8%, Constantinides.
Honan Strategy Group conducted the survey in October, but its CEO Bradley Honan said the results are still valid because not much has changed in the race since then; debates and TV ad campaigns won’t start until the coming weeks.
Crowley lost her Council seat to Bob Holden, who ran campaign on opposition to homeless shelters in the district, which includes Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village, Ridgewood, Woodhaven and Woodside.
Honan Strategy Group’s survey did not ask respondents about homeless shelters, said Honan.
Mayor de Blasio is expected to announce a date for the Queens borough president election in the coming days, Melinda Katz having stepped down as beep to become district attorney on Wednesday.
“I plan on pounding the pavement, knocking on thousands of doors, and talking to people from every corner of the borough,” Crowley said.