Queens, NY – Candidate for City Council (CD-23) Debra Markell picks up key endorsement from the Asian American Alliance of New York (AAANY) in a press conference on Saturday, January 30. A conglomerate advocacy group of Asian-American interests in New York City, the organization is composed of the South Asian American Political Action Committee, New York City Residents Alliance, South Asian Advisory Council, Pakistani Americans of North America, Black Car Limousine Workers Union, and Queens Resident and Voters Coalition.
“The Asian American Alliance of New York, our board of directors from all different communities are fully supportive of our endorsement for Debra Markell. We stand by her for the 23rd Council District election.” Said Chaudhry Anwar, Vice President of the AAANY.
“There are so many people from different backgrounds here to make things better. It is important that our voices count. Debra will govern right and knows exactly what she is doing” Noted Armughan Shah, AAANY Board member.
Having a career in public service that spans 22 years, Markell is putting quality of life, small business, and seniors as priority for her campaign. The endorsement comes ahead of the June 22nd election filling the vacancy of retiring councilmember Barry Grodenchik, who leaves the seat representing Glen Oaks, Douglaston, Little Neck, Queens Village, Bellerose, New Hyde Park, and Fresh Meadows, those who attended the press conference were included Mr. Chaudhry Anwar, Armghan Syed , Khursheed ul Haq , Saima Farhat , Mohammed Sadiq, Syed Kamal ,
City Council Candidate Debra Markell announced her candidacy for the New York City Council’s District 23 on Friday. As an experienced government and community leader, she is running for office in order to get New York back on track.
“I am excited to be a candidate for the 23rd Council District. The district has a long history of strong representatives who fight hard for the needs of Eastern Queens. My experience in government and as a community leader uniquely prepares me for this race. When I look ahead at the daunting challenges facing our city, it is evident that experience is crucial to getting our city back on track. While COVID-19 changed our way of life on many levels, I know we can come back stronger” said Markell.
Markell is one of seven candidates so far declared for District 23 in the citywide 2021 election with the New York City Campaign Finance Board. District 23 represents Bayside Hills, Bellerose, Douglaston, Floral Park, Fresh Meadows, Glen Oaks, Hollis, Hollis Hills, Holliswood, Little Neck, New Hyde Park, Oakland Gardens, and Queens Village.
A former Queens Community Board member and president of 109th Precinct Community Council, Markell is the Democratic State Committeewoman for the 26 District. She is the District Manager of Queens Community Board 2 and Chair of the Flushing Hospital Advisory Board. In addition to these roles, she is the Chairwoman of the F.D.R. Democratic Club Executive Committee.
Markell has also been a Queens leader citywide, having served as the Queens Director of the Mayor’s Community Assistance Unit from 1998 to 2006.
“My service in the Mayor’s office and city government has shown me how the City of New York and Queens operates. In this critical time, we need experienced leaders who can go to City Hall and bring valuable resources back to our district. I am running for City Council because I believe I am that leader,” she said.
Markell plans to focus on key issues including fighting for senior services programs, improved transportation measures, championing co-op and condo owners’ rights, stronger public education, and public safety that protects all residents.
Born and raised in Queens, Markell is a resident of North Shore Towers where she lives with husband Barry. Debra serves as the North Shore Towers Political Director and is a former Vice President of its Board of Directors. She attended Queensborough Community College.