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Queens Borough President Election Still On, Despite Coronavirus Fears

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March 12, 2020 By Allie Griffin

The Queens Borough President special election is still on despite growing fears over the spread of the coronavirus.

As the number of cases of COVID-19 has risen to 62 cases in the city, numerous conferences and large events, including the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Manhattan have been canceled.

However, the March 24 special election for borough president will go on, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday.

“I am really, really hesitant to change an election, ever, for anything,” de Blasio said at a press conference. “I think it’s a very dangerous thing to do in a democracy.”

He went on to say that the City will talk to health care experts and consider the dynamics, but ultimately will not be postponing the election.

“Right now, it is not my intention to change an existing election.”

Early voting for the election begins this Saturday, March 14 and ends Sunday, March 22. The special election will determine who will be the borough president after the seat was vacated on Jan. 1 by Melinda Katz, who took over as Queens District Attorney.

Two of the six candidates for Queens borough president are taking preventative measures in the face of the coronavirus outbreak.

Council Member Costa Constantinides and former Council Member Elizabeth Crowley are suspending all in-person canvassing, both candidates announced today.

“Public safety is my top priority. In order to protect the well-being of our team, our volunteers, and all Queens residents, effective immediately, our campaign has suspended all in-person canvassing and is transitioning our voter contact to calls, texts, and digital outreach in the interest of public health,” Constantinides said in a statement.

He also urged Queens residents to take advantage of early voting in order to avoid possible crowds on election day.

“To be clear, we are still running a campaign and encourage Queens residents to utilize early voting, which begins Saturday, to avoid a high volume of people on Election Day.”

Crowley’s campaign is following suit.

“Our campaign’s top priority is to protect the safety and health of Queens,” she said in a statement on Twitter. “Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be suspending all in-person canvassing.”

She added that the suspension of in-person canvassing doesn’t mean she is stopping to campaign.

COVID-19 is transmitted when respiratory droplets from a sneeze, cough or spit of an infected person is transferred directly into another person.

Global health experts advise people to practice “social distancing” and avoid large crowds and close contact with others, which increases the chance of contracting the virus.

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