Northeast Queens Republican Club Puts Concannon on Ballot for State Senate
Club members collected over 800 signatures independent of Queens County GOP to ensure challenge to Avella
By Kevin J. Ryan
Republican State Senate candidate Joe Concannon filed nearly 1,700 petition signatures this week, thanks largely to the efforts of the Northeast Queens Republican Club.
An article posted on City and State’s Notebook blog on July 10, citing an unknown source, reported that the Queens County Republican Party leadership failed to file the minimum 1,000 signatures needed to get Concannon on the ballot.
To ensure Conannon’s place on the ballot to face Democratic incumbent Tony Avella in November, more than twenty members of the Northeast Queens Republican Club gathered over 840 signatures from registered Republicans. The nearly 1700 signatures, almost double the number filed by the Queens County Republican Party leadership, were filed with the New York City Board of Elections on July 12.
The Northeast Queens Republican Club signatures not only allow Concannon to meet the minimum requirement and stave off any likely Democratic challenges, but also signal the renewed energy and vitality of active Republicans in northeast Queens.
While members of the Northeast Queens Republican Club gathered hundreds of signatures for Concannon without the help of the official Queens Republican Party leadership, Eric Ulrich’s State Senate campaign also collected around 3,000 signatures without aid from the Queens GOP. During those weeks, the Queens Republican Party leadership was trying to gather signatures to place Juan Reyes on the ballot for a primary challenge against Ulrich.
All the Republicans who gathered signatures are fighting to help Concannon restore the tradition of accountable, vigorous Republican representation to the 11th District that Senator Frank Padavan provided for 38 years.