The 7th Congressional District includes Co-Op City, Soundview, Pelham Parkway, Morris Park, Parkchester, and Throggs Neck in the Bronx, as well as Sunnyside, Woodside, Jackson Heights, Maspeth, Elmhurst and College Point in Queens.
Joseph Crowley (Dem/WF)
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Congressman Joe Crowley has quickly made the transition from a Queens College graduate with a political science degree to one of the state’s highest-ranking members of the House of Representatives. Earlier this year, Crowley’s campaign operation and near million-dollar war chest helped ward off one Hispanic Councilman's bid for the seat. Crowley now faces three less-financed Democrats from the Bronx in the Sept. 14 race. (Queen's Tribune In a Sept. 3 roundtable with the two candidates - one could not be contacted - challenger Curtis Brooks said, "To tell you the truth, his record as far as the war, taxes and drugs, it doesn't mean anything...I'm concern with the representation of my people." Another Crowley opponent, Aniello "Neil" Grimaldi, sought to capitalize on Crowley's support for the Iraq war by saying, "I propose we get out of Iraq as soon as possible... and create the United States Department of Peace." (Queens Tribune).
Although Congressman Joe Crowley is facing three opponents in his primary, none of them filed financial reports with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC). Challengers Curtis Brooks, Dennis Coleman and Aniello Grimaldi, all from the Bronx, filed petitions to run for the seat. Crowley raised $251, 140.29 this quarter, bringing his total to $697,302.11. That war chest and Crowley’s close ties to the Queens and Bronx Democratic Parties helped steer away what could have been his most serious challenger, Corona Councilman Hiram Monserrate, according to party insiders. In the district, there are 57,837 registered Democrats in Queens, and 122,707 in the Bronx. (Queens Tribune)
The mysterious thinking of City Councilman Hiram Monserrate (D-Corona) continues to elude Queens Democrats, and most others. Monserrate, a former police officer, was eyeing a run this fall against U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley, a fellow Democrat who represents a Queens- Bronx district. But the Queens County Democratic Organization endorsed Crowley Monday morning, and the Working Families Party endorsed Crowley on Wednesday. Monserrate interviewed with the Working Families Party recently and made what he characterized as a "very spirited" presentation of his differences with Crowley. Supporters of Crowley said simply that Monserrate "went negative." Several sources in Queens Democratic circles said they had heard that Monserrate had dropped out. (Newsday)