Donovan Richards, front-runner for Queens BP race, skips debate

Councilman Donovan Richards, the Queens Democratic Social gathering device-backed prospect for borough president, blew off a debate Monday night in advance of the March 24 unique election to switch Melinda Katz, who vacated the put up in January soon after currently being elected district attorney.

The function — sponsored by the Queens chapter of the NAACP, WNET MetroFocus, Town & Point out and hosted by Queens University — was attended by approximately 300 people.

Four other candidates fielded inquiries that mainly focused on coverage: Councilman Costa Constantinides, previous Councilman Elizabeth Crowley, retired NYPD sergeant Anthony Miranda of the National Latino Officers Affiliation and retired Queens prosecutor James Quinn.

Some attendees question why Richards, who many think about the front-runner, skipped the event.

“I was setting up to vote for Donovan Richards but I’m not so confident any more,” a person spectator grumbled.

A resource near to the Richards campaign claimed the councilman couldn’t make it for the reason that he was internet hosting a conflicting event at the Man Brewer Democratic club in St. Albans.

The March unique election is non-partisan. That means just about every candidate must run underneath his or her individual personal banner line on the ballot, not under a political get together — even though functions can make endorsements.

3 candidates — Constantinides, Crowley and Miranda — explained they are distributing petitions to operate in a Democratic principal for borough president in June, no subject who wins the exclusive election.

Richards previously gained the backing of the True Estate Board of New York, whose impressive wings were being clipped very last 12 months just after the Democratic-managed point out Legislature pushed through a more durable rent control regulation more than its objections.

During a Feb. 4 Queens Chamber of Commerce forum, Richards lifted eyebrows when he reported he would gladly take donations from the real estate market when the former speaker, Miranda, claimed he would not.

“If Anthony will not just take actual estate checks,” Richards said, “I certainly will, if you are in this area and want to slash a examine.”