St. John’s Hosts Virtual Forum for Queens Borough Presidential Candidates
Ahead of the June 22 primary elections in New York (NYC), the University of St. John’s hosted a virtual candidates’ forum for the Office of the President of the Borough of Queens.
The forum, coordinated in partnership with the Queens daily eagle—The only print daily covering Queens, NY, communities, politics and the legal justice system — was broadcast live on Queens Public Television (QPTV). The forum featured outgoing Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. and his two main opponents to the race, the 94SVC of New York Council member James G. Van Bramer and former New City Council member York Elizabeth Crowley.
The forum featured questions posed to the candidates by Safiyah Seelochan, a young rising student and major in environmental science at the Queens campus, and Rachel Vick, political reporter for the Queens daily eagle. Brian Browne, Executive Director of University Relations and Assistant Vice President of Government Relations, coordinated the forum and moderated the hour-long discussion.
“Responsible citizenship is a valuable part of the mission and heritage of St. John’s University,” said Mr. Browne. “To better achieve this goal, since 2008, the Government Relations Office has regularly organized candidate forums to inform and engage the university community and neighboring communities in the political process.
The Queens Borough Presidential Candidates Forum featured a lively discussion on issues such as public safety, COVID-19 recovery, economic development, transportation and housing. The role of the Borough President’s office – an elective office in each of New York City’s five boroughs – was also included. District presidents are elected by popular vote for four-year terms and can serve up to two consecutive terms, for a total of eight years. They influence land use and development projects in their borough, appoint members of community and other councils, spearhead legislation on New York City Council, are respected representatives of their borough, recommend capital projects and convene working groups to resolve critical problems. in the district.
The forum is available online and will be rebroadcast on QPTV ahead of the June 22 primary elections.