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Crowley's Queens Democrats tap ally Quinn amid S.E. backlash

Much has been written over the years about cordial ties between City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and the Queens Democratic organization and its chairman, Rep. Joseph Crowley. So it was no shock when she announced the borough leader’s nod Monday.  A few years ago, she ruffled some feathers in other boroughs by arranging for a loyal Queens Democrat, Michael McSweeney, to become city clerk and clerk of the council – a job that carries a $200,853-a-year salary. It was also noted as a “Queens thing,” for example, back when David Weprin of Bayside, now in the Assembly, was tapped as chairman of the chamber’s finance committee. That’s not a full report on the relationship, just some of its flavor.

There’s some ill feeling expressed out of largely African-American southeast Queens that no black candidates were preferred by Crowley and his committee. He went with Melinda Katz for Queens borough president over Councilman Leroy G. Comrie Jr., and Reshma Saujani over Councilwoman Letitia James for public advocate. That situation is summarized here on Politicker.

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