The city council is comprised of 51 members, each representing a district. Those in Queens are listed below, along with the neighborhoods they serve.
By the time you read this, triumphofcivicvirtue.org will have already sent out a formal statement to your representative that this website exists, with a request for his or her stated position by the end of October 2012 on the issue of the statue’s long-term location and restoration..
We urge you to contact your council member and let him or her know clearly and briefly that you support the maintaining the Triumph of Civic Virtue in Kew Gardens, and would like to see it receive its long overdue restoration as a work of public art. The council members receive a lot of e-mail and are busy, so brief is better. A person letter from you is best, but if you’re having trouble finding the words, feel free to use or adapt something from our “action page.” Let them know that you will be checking back here for their response, and will take it into consideration on election day.
We will also soon be posting a list of challengers to open council seats. We suggest that you e-mail them too.
Whether you live in Queens or another borough, our public art belongs to all of us, and your representative can be of significant influence in the council.
The borough president’s seat is up next election season. Who gets in could be very influential in what happens with the statue. Scroll to the bottom of this page for information about the candidates.
If you live in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, or Staten Island, a full listing will be here shortly. You can find your councilperson quickly at the council website.
Queens New York City Council members:
District 21: Elmhurst, East Elmhurst, Corona and Jackson Heights
“This should not be the first thing women see when getting out of the subway. The statue is located just one block away from the Queens Family Justice Center and sends the wrong message.”
“For me, it’s a relief if the statue is being removed. I think the cemetery is where it belongs. I guess, pun intended, it’s a dead issue for all the women of Queens who had to see it on a daily basis.”
District 22: Astoria, Long Island City; parts of Jackson Heights, Rikers, Randalls and Wards Islands
“As a fellow longtime supporter of the Triumph of Civic Virtue, I too am disappointed with the City’s intention to move the statue to Brooklyn and oppose all efforts to do so.”
“The statue is a great work of art which was given to the people of Queens, belongs to the people of Queens, and should remain in Queens.”
“I will also continue to fight for the statue’s overdue restoration.”
District 27: St. Albans, Hollis, Cambria Heights, Jamaica, Baisley Park, Addisleigh Park; parts of Queens Village, Rosedale, Springfield Gardens
District 30: Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village, Richmond Hill, Ridgewood and Woodhaven
District 25: Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, East Elmhurst, LeFrak City, Corona, Rego Park, and Woodside
District 24:Briarwood, Fresh Meadows, Hillcrest, Hillcrest Estates, Jamaica Estates, Jamaica Hills, Kew Gardens Hills, Utopia Estates, and parts of Forest Hills, Flushing, Jamaica and Rego Park
District 13: Auburndale, Bayside, College Point, Flushing and Whitestone
District 20: Flushing, Queensboro Hill, Mitchell Gardens, Kissena Park, Harding Heights, Auburndale; part of Whitestone
District 29: Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens and parts of Maspeth
District 30: Laurelton, Springfield Gardens, Edgemere, Bayswater, Arverne, Rosedale, and Far Rockaway
District 32: Belle Harbor, Breezy Point, Broad Channel, Hamilton Beach, Howard Beach, Lindenwood, Neponsit, Ozone Park, Rockaway Beach, Rockaway Park, South Ozone Park, South Richmond Hill, Woodhaven
District 26: Woodside, Sunnyside, Long Island City, Astoria, and Maspeth
District 23: Hollis Hills, Queens Village, Little Neck, Douglaston, Bayside, Bellerose, Floral Park, Glen Oaks, New Hyde Park, Hollis, Hollis Park Gardens, Holliswood, Fresh Meadows, Oakland Gardens
Additionally, current Queens Borough President Helen Marshall will be vacating her seat next year. Among the candidates for the seat are councilman Peter Vallone Jr., cited above in support for Triumph of Civic Virtue, and Leroy Comrie, on whom we are waiting for a response. The other candidates are:
(State) District 13: Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst, North Beach, Corona, Lefrak City