Maltese Out, Ragusa In


There’s officially a new Republican County chair in Queens: Phil Ragusa.

The former chair, state Senator Serph Maltese, is now the “honorary chair,” according to a spokesperson at the city’s Board of Elections who said the paperwork was just filed there moments ago.

Maltese barely won re-election to his state senate seat in Middle Village and has been drawn into a spirited fight over his leadership of the county organization.

Ragusa ran unsuccessfully for city council.

UPDATE: Urban Elephants something more extensive about the Maltese situation here.

— Azi Paybarah

Maltese Out, Ragusa In