The NBA season is suspended, the St. Patrick’s Day parade postponed. The NCAA tournament will be played without fans in the stands, and courses at colleges private and public will be taught via computers rather than classrooms. One thing that is unlikely to be deep-sixed or delayed by the Coronavirus crisis, however, is the March 24 special election for Queens Borough President.
The fact that it’s a special election, for an office many New Yorkers don’t think much about, and in only one of the five boroughs, might suggest it’s not an especially important event–even if it is the first election of 2020 in which any New Yorkers will actually cast a ballot.
Why run? Whose running? And what issues are they talking about? Christine Chung, Queens reporter at The City, and David Brand, the managing editor of the Queens Daily Eagle (and a frequent City Limits contributor), joined WBAI’s Max & Murphy Show on Wednesday to break down the race, the runners and why it all matters:
Remember, early voting in the race begins March 14.
Earlier in the show, Ben Max and yours truly tried to size up the spiraling Coronavirus story and its implications for the city: