“The Queens we grew up in and know is changing drastically,” Richards said, before referencing the work he has done in the City Council for the Rockaways. “In our corner of the borough we have done so much, now it’s time to do the rest for Queens. Our record simply speaks for itself.”
Key issues he highlighted were overhauling the property tax system, creating affordable housing, and greater investments in public transportation, especially in eastern Queens.
Richards also called for diversifying community boards, as well as giving boards more of a voice in zoning issues in their districts.
“We need to ensure that the makeup of community boards represents the areas they cover," he said.
Calling on his experience as a councilman, Richards touted his accomplishments, saying that he has "been on the frontline of issues that impact Queens at large."
Richards pointed to the revitalization of the Rockaways as his greatest success. He recalled that when he was elected to the City Council in 2013, the area was still reeling from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.
“There is no one who will enter this race who can talk about bringing a community back after the destruction of a storm like Hurricane Sandy," Richards said.
Richards joins two council members in the race in Sunnyside’s Jimmy Van Bramer and Astoria’s Costa Constantinides, in addition to Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman.
Supporter David Pecoraro said Rihcards’ knowledge of the borough and his experience in the City Council make him the best candidate for the job.
“Isn't it time for someone from the south of the borough to represent Queens?” said supporter David Pecoraro.