Jerry Iannece, the chairman of Community Board 11 in Queens, is gearing up his campaign as primary season for the State Assembly district he’s seeking fast approaches. Accordingly, he’s rolled out the endorsement of Comptroller John Liu in a press release indicating he’s also hired the Parkside Group to handle at least his communications.
“Jerry has spent his adult life working to protect middle class families in Queens,” Mr. Liu said in the statement. “He has built a business and raised a family in Queens while continuing to serve his friends and neighbors here in in the community. I am endorsing Jerry today because he is a tireless public servant who will hit the ground running to deliver results for Queens.
Of course, Mr. Liu’s support is hardly a surprise, as Mr. Iannece has the formal backing of the Queens County Democratic Party, an organization notable for the loyalty it commands among its elected officials.
Although some aspiring politicians may shy away from Mr. Liu, who’s often referred to as “embattled” due to the federal indictment against his campaign treasurer, he remains quite popular in the city’s Chinese-American community. And that’s not a bad get as he campaigns for the demographically diverse seat held by outgoing Assemblyman Rory Lancman.
Nily Rozic, a former chief of staff to Assemblyman Brian Kavanaugh, currently appears to be Mr. Iannece’s main primary opponent. Mr. Lancman is providing tacit support to her candidacy by helping her collect signatures to get onto the ballot, and the campaign may serve as a test to see if Mr. Lancman, who unsuccessfully ran for Congress against the Queens Democrats’ pick this year, can leverage his organization to deliver an upset against the establishment in his own backyard.