Queens Gazette - I On Politics
May 26, 2021
City Council candidate Ellen Young was joined recently by NYS Senator John Liu as she rolled out her education plan she would implement if elected to the 20th Council District.
According to her campaign, “As a working-class single mother, the importance of a quality education is deeply personal to Ellen. New York’s public education system enabled Ellen to raise a daughter and proudly watch her graduate from one of New York’s excellent public universities. One of Ellen’s proudest achievements is founding the Golden Age Academy and Eagle Learning Center, schools for senior citizens and new immigrants.”
As Chairman of the NYS Senate’s Standing Committee on NYC Education and a member of the committees on Education and Higher Education, Sen. John Liu has made the fight to increase the quality of New York’s public education and expand access to higher education a core component of his tenure in office.
Young and Senator Liu’s relationship goes back decades to when she served in his office while he was the Council Member for the district she is now running to represent. Over the years, Ellen Young and Senator Liu have worked together closely on education policy and to bring much needed resources to the schools, non-profits, and youth programs in the community they have spent their lives serving.
Senator Liu said, “I have worked closely with Ellen for years and witnessed first-hand her tireless dedication to improving our city’s education policy. I know that as an experienced former State legislator and as the mother of a public-school graduate that education accessibility is personal to her, and that she will be an excellent Council Member and champion for these issues.”
20th District City Council candidate Ellen Young said, “We know that education is the silver bullet. A quality K-12 education and access to higher education breaks barriers and unlocks doors in a way that no other single policy priority can. We are not doing nearly enough to make accessible what should be a basic right for every child in New York City. When I am elected Council Member, I will spend every single day fighting hand in hand with other champions like Senator Liu to ensure our schools, libraries, and special education programs are fully funded. This issue will be a priority for me on Day One.”
Her plan to expand access to and increase the quality of NYC schools when she is elected includes:
Ensuring our classrooms are fully funded and have the technological resources they need to educate the children.
Reducing classroom size and lower the student-to-teacher ratio.
Expanding the Gifted and Talented program so more students are given the opportunity to realize their academic potential.
Retaining the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) and increase preparatory resources so students can remain competitive.
Securing resources for Queens’ three Specialized High Schools so they are on par with the city’s best.
Incentivizing applications to Specialized High Schools within an applicant’s borough of residence.
City Council (20th District) candidate Ellen Young received the endorsement of long-time friend and experienced legislator, Council Member Alan Maisel, who has been a member of the City Council for 8 years. Before that, he served with Ellen in the NYS Assembly for 8 years where he witnessed her ability and dedication to fighting for seniors, immigrants, and working- and middle-class Queens families.
Maisel’s endorsement follows the endorsements of other experienced legislators Assembly Member Ron Kim, State Senator John Liu, and Council Member Margaret Chin, “cementing Ellen Young’s position as the most experienced and only candidate in the race ready to get to work on day one,” according to her campaign.
Council Member Maisel said, “Having served in the state Assembly and the City Council for almost two decades myself, I know what it takes to do the job and I know that Ellen has the knowledge and the skill set to deliver for the constituents in her district. I know that when Ellen gets to City Hall, she will use her experience to fight for working- and middle-class families, improve our schools, create good paying jobs, and keep our streets safe. Her decades of service have brought her wisdom that no other candidate in this race can match.”
Ellen Young said, “As an 8-year veteran of City Hall, Council Member Maisel knows the ins and outs of City government and having his support will be invaluable as I fight to bring resources to my community and serve the working- and middle-class families of District 20. I am so honored to be receiving his endorsement.”
May 10, 2021
State Sen. John Liu endorsed three candidates in the contentious race for the Flushing council seat last week.
Liu — who became the first Asian American to serve on the City Council when he held the same Flushing seat (District 20) years ago — endorsed candidates John Choe, Ellen Young and Sandra Ung Thursday, in no particular order.
He announced his chosen candidates in front of Flushing Town Hall about a week after two of his picks, Choe and Young, formed a coalition with five other candidates to oppose Ung.
The candidates are all running for the seat representing downtown Flushing, Murray Hill and Queensboro Hill — which is currently held by term-limited Council Member Peter Koo.
Liu has yet to decide what order he will rank them on his own ballot, but urged voters to pick them as their top three choices in line with the city’s new ranked-choice voting system. Voters will be able to rank candidates from one to five in order of preference on primary election day, June 22.
Liu said he has worked closely with all three of his choices for many years.
“Of the 10 candidates running for city council in District 20, there are three who stand out,” he said on the steps of the Flushing Town Hall Thursday. “I have seen first-hand their integrity, pursuit of excellence, and commitment to the public good.”
Liu said he was proud to endorse former Assembly Member Young, who was the first Asian woman elected to the state legislature.
“From championing affordable healthcare and housing to working with first responders to improve our health and safety, Ellen is the champion for Queens that we need,” he said.
Seven candidates, including Young and Choe, have created a coalition called the “Democratic Coalition for Council District 20” to reject the Queens County Democratic Party’s singular endorsement of Ung — as first reported by City & State.However, Ung’s fellow candidates have been less favorable to her due to the endorsement she’s received from the Queens County Democratic Party. The party, which is known by many as the machine, has come under heavy criticism in recent years for allegedly working against candidates it does not favor.
The coalition also includes candidates Hailing Chen, Ming-Kang Low, Anthony Miranda, Neng Wang and Dao Yin. They said they formed the coalition to ask voters for fair consideration — free of the Democratic party establishment’s sway.
However, both Young and Choe, despite being part of the coalition, have been endorsed by the party in past elections.
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April 26th, 2021
Assembly Member Ron Kim is endorsing two candidates for the Flushing city council seat currently represented by term-limited Peter Koo.
The progressive assembly member has endorsed John Choe, the executive director of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, and former Assembly member Ellen Young in the Democratic primary for District 20, which includes downtown Flushing, Murray Hill and Queensboro Hill.
Voters can choose up to 5 candidates in New York City races with ranked choice voting. Kim has not revealed which one of the two endorsements would be his top pick.
“John Choe is a courageous community activist, colleague, and a strong voice for progress in Flushing,” said Kim, who previously worked alongside Choe in then-city council member John Liu’s office.
“His work to change our neighborhoods for the better through nonprofit organizations he founded and led, such as the Flushing Interfaith Council and the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, demonstrate the kind of effective leadership he will bring on the City Council.”
Young, who has known Kim for over two decades, was the first Asian American woman elected to the New York State legislature, having represented the 22nd assembly district from 2006 to 2008.
“I have learned much from observing and working with her through many years of service, which include efforts to increase civic participation, help senior residents, and boost resources for immigrants, and know she will make an excellent representative and Council member,” Kim said.
April 25th, 2021
On Wednesday afternoon, 20th District City Council Democratic candidate Ellen Young received the endorsement of her longtime friend and former colleague New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim. Young and Kim's relationship goes back more than two decades in city and state government and she looks forward to working with him again in service to Queens and all of New York City when she is elected to the City Council.
Additionally, as another major sign of momentum and strength, Young has more cash-on-hand than any other candidate in the race.
Young, as the first Asian American female elected to the NYS Legislature, and Kim, as the first Korean American elected to public office in New York, have a shared history of breaking barriers in representation and public service. Over the years they have worked together on legislation to bring resources to seniors, middle class families, and the immigrant communities they were elected to represent.
Assembly Member Ron Kim said, "Ellen Young is a former Assembly Member and a true trailblazer for our community. I have learned much from observing and working with her through many years of service, which include efforts to increase civic participation, help senior residents, and boost resources for immigrants, and know she will make an excellent representative and Councilmember."
Democratic Council candidate Ellen Young stated, "I am honored to have Assembly Member Ron Kim's endorsement. Ron is part of a generation of dreamers and doers; his drive and his conviction have always been an inspiration to me. In my years of working with and for him, I have always found that we move in perfect lockstep. The service he has given to everyone in this community, from nursing home seniors to working families, is a testament to his integrity. I look forward to representing Queens on the City Council, joined by great colleagues like Ron in the Assembly, where together we will fight for working and middle class families, improve our schools, create jobs and get our city back on track."
April 6th, 2021
More than a dozen Queens political candidates joined mayoral hopeful Andrew Yang and community leaders in Manhattan Monday to speak out against anti-Asian violence.
Following remarks at the Canal Street subway station, the group rode the subway together to Times Square in a show of solidarity.
Yang posted on social media that he was “proud to join with other AAPI local candidates to say that NYC is for everyone and that all should feel safe walking the streets or riding the subways of our great city.”
He was accompanied by District 26 candidates – Badrun Khan, Hailie Kim and Julie Won, who are all seeking Jimmy Van Bramer’s seat – and four candidates for Flushing’s District 20 – Hailing Chen, John Choe, Sandra Ung and Ellen Young. That position is currently held by Councilman Peter Koo.
“NYC is such a beautiful place filled with people from different ethnicities, cultures, and religions. It’s heartbreaking to see the outbreak of violence against the AAPI community. We must stand together and remain vigilant,” Khan said in a statement.
Chen–who works as an Uber driver and is an organizer on behalf of other drivers–said Asian workers face harassment regularly. “This kind of stuff happens every single day,” he said. “Driving in New York City and being an Asian, it leads you to become a target.”
District 23 candidates Shekar Krishnan and Carolyn Tran, who both are running for Councilman Danny Dromm’s seat, were also in attendance, along with Richard Lee, who is seeking to replace Councilman Paul Vallone. Edwin Wong, who is vying for Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz’s seat, was also present.
Jaslin Kaur and Linda Lee, who are running to replace Councilmember Barry Grodenchik in eastern Queens, were also on hand. Grodenchik, who is is eligible to run again, has announced that he is not seeking reelection.
Kim and Choe put out a joint news release about the event.
“In condemning the visible attacks on our communities, we must not forget to hold our government accountable for the invisible attacks on New York’s working families,” Choe said in the statement.
“AAPI unity is important,” Kim said in the statement. “But we must stand in solidarity with AAPI across the economic spectrum by making sure our kids can go to great public schools, by making sure we are not displaced from our neighborhoods, and by allowing us to be safe if we decide to stand up against exploitation by bosses and landlords.”
Both Choe and Kim – as well as Won – said they do not believe additional policing should be used to combat the rise in violence against Asian city residents.
“I’ll say it louder for the people in the back: the safety of our community will not come from more policing,” Won wrote on Twitter. She also posted a photo of herself with fellow Council candidates Kaur and Tran aboard the subway.
Yang in his remarks did say that the police are needed to combat the problem. “The police are an important part of the solution,” he said.
The NYPD was already actively investigating or had solved 12 anti-Asian bias assaults in 2021 as of late March, WABC reported.
Also in attendance was Gigi Li, who Yang has endorsed for a lower Manhattan Council seat. Yang did not make any endorsements of Queens candidates Monday.
Queens Gazette - I On Politics
March 31st, 2021
Democrat and former Assembly Member Ellen Young officially declared her candidacy for the New York City Council, 20th District
After raising more than $60,000 in only a month, Ellen has garnered the most grassroots traction and has gained the support of friends and neighbors in the greater Flushing area that she previously represented in the New York State Assembly as the first Asian woman ever elected to the New York State Legislature.
She was joined at her announcement rally and press conference by dozens of supporters as well as President of the Chinese Women’s Business Association Joann Hsieh, Board Member of the Flushing Business Improvement District Bianca Ng, and President of the Taiwan Center Patsy Fang.
According to her campaign, Young plans to ensure that the City’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is equitable and that her district is given the resources it requires as the early epicenter of the crisis. She also plans to aggressively tackle the astonishing rise in anti-Asian hate crimes that have overwhelmed New York City over the past year.
As a Council member, Young vowed to fight for working and middle-class Queens families. Her platform includes:
Expanding social services and healthcare options for seniors.
Lowering prescription drug prices.
Increasing classroom resources and reducing the student-to-teacher ratio.
Retaining the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT).
Improving local transportation options and strengthening subway patrols.
Supporting small businesses with COVID-19 relief and tax cuts to keep workers on payroll.
Supporting residential and commercial tenants with rental and mortgage assistance.