Queens, NY:____ Congresswoman Grace Meng endorsed Queens Borough President Donovan Richards for re-election.
“Borough President Richards is an extraordinary leader who is fighting every day to make life better for the people of Queens, and I am proud to endorse his bid for re-election,” said Congresswoman Meng. “In just his first few months in office, he has traveled throughout our great borough, meeting with residents from across many different communities, and doing all he can to make Queens the best that it can be. He has worked tirelessly to help hard-working families, assist small businesses, expand affordable housing, and has strongly stood in solidarity with the Asian-American community in our fight against the rise in hate and violence. As we work to move past the COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical to have Donovan Richards leading our borough so that we can ensure our recovery and get Queens back on its feet again. I look forward to continuing to work with him for many years to come.”
“Grace Meng is a dedicated, trailblazing public servant who gets it done for Queens every day. I’m incredibly grateful for her leadership, her partnership, and her support in this campaign,” said Donovan Richards, Queens Borough President. “Over the past year, Congresswoman Meng has fought for the stimulus payments, PPP loans, vaccine and testing sites, and federal funding that have helped so many Queens residents through crisis. She sponsored the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act to combat anti-Asian hate, and here in Queens, she’s helped victims, raised awareness, and marched in support of our Asian communities. She is a great asset to our borough, and I’m excited to keep working with her.”
Donovan Richards was first elected as Queens Borough President in November 2020, and took office in December 2020. In just a few months on the job, Richards has:
- Expanded access to the COVID-19 vaccine, including opening the CitiField vaccination site
- Secured $17.5 million to help struggling small businesses
- Hosted food and PPE distribution events serving thousands of Queens residents
- Modernized the Community Board process with online applications, resulting in a 56% increase in responses and a more diverse applicant pool
- Broken ground on thousands of new units of affordable housing
- Recognized the Queens Solid Waste Advisory Board, to work on environmental justice initiatives
Richards has been endorsed by Representatives Gregory Meeks and Grace Meng; Council Members Costa Constantinides, Daniel Dromm, and Helen Rosenthal; Assembly Member Catalina Cruz; the Queens Democrats; 1199 SEIU and New York State Nurses Association; UFT and CSA; CWA District 1 and Local 1180; Central Labor Council; Hotel Trades Council; NY Immigration Coalition action; Planned Parenthood of Greater New York Votes PAC; 504 Democratic Club; Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC; Lesbian & Gay Democratic Club of Queens; and Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club. More information can be found on his website: richardsforqueens.com.