Queens City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley will have a challenger in her re-election bid this year.
Bob Holden, the long-time president of the Juniper Park Civic Association, tells NY1 he will challenge Crowley in the Democratic primary. Holden has been a vocal critic of Crowley on issues like housing development and the use of hotels as homeless shelters.
“I look forward to a spirited campaign focused on the issues that affect our communities,” Crowley said in a statement to NY1. “I'm proud of my record in the Council over the last eight years, standing up for our local families. Together, we have secured school funding for 5,400 new classroom seats, enhanced public safety by hiring more police, and preserved essential city services such as fire and EMS. But there are still many challenges we face. I am eager to make the case to voters this campaign season that I am the experienced, enthusiastic and persistent voice they can continue to depend on to lead our community in the Council.”
Both Holden and Crowley will sit down with NY1 to talk about the race on Wednesday.
The primary election is set for September 12th.