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Primary Election Results
Contributors to Martha Flores-Vazquez
Candidates Linda Mandell, Martha Flores-Vazquez
, and Adrian Joyce have reportedly been knocked off of the ballot. (See Campaign Update below.) 8/03/01
was born in Puerto Rico.
The upside to this immigration is that Flushing, which goes back to 1654 and was the site of two World's Fair's, has become a village of many nations, with a bustling working class economy, and a constantly congested Main Street -- which is to Flushing what Broadway is to Manhattan -- lined with hundreds of crowded restaurants, banks and stores, most of them with signs in at least two languages.Few of these business, which are largely owned by Korean, Taiwanese, and Chinese, are chain stores or franchises -- though the best-known lately was the local Wendy's restaurant where five people were murdered.Despite the attention drawn to the Wendy's massacre, none of the candidates said that crime was a major issue in the district.
On the other hand, the presence both of newcomers and long-time residents have led to ethnic tension, which was reflected by Harrison's comment and the arrest last year of a member of the white supremacist group National Alliance
, whose Flushing home hid an arsenal that included 8,000 rounds of ammunition.
believes that the City University of New York
should roll back tuition and that New York City "should give enough money to guarantee education for all qualified."She
also said that education will also help economic development.
Ethel Chen and Martha Flores-Vazquez
, have only raised $49,675 and $9,970 respectively.
Still, in spite of John Liu's apparent lead, Martha Flores-Vazquez
believes that her
ethnic background gives her
an advantage over the other three candidates.
"The media is focused on who raised the most money," Flores-Vazquez
said."They are forgetting the large population of Hispanics.Hispanics are the second highest voting block in the district."
Regardless of which candidate wins, there will be a new ethnic representative in the Queens delegation of the city council.Even though it has become the most ethnically diverse borough, Queens currently has no Asian nor Hispanic city council members.
...Martha Flores-Vazquez is the chair for the Graduate Student Council at City University and the vice-chairman for the Student Services Corporation.She founded the Queens Women's 2001 Conference and the Martha's Flushing Block Association.She received her Bachelors and Masters degree in psychology at City University.