Queens City Councilman Peter Koo set to switch from 'R' to 'D' on Monday

Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 05:16 PM

Councilman Peter Koo

The New York Times first reported earlier that Republican City Councilman Peter Koo of Flushing is planning on switching party registration. A source confirmed the story. Koo is scheduled to announce the switch on Monday, according to the Times story.

The source, who is close to Flushing politics, pointed out that there were reports Koo was dissatisfied with the Queens Republican Party. This dissatisfaction played in the Councilman's decision the source said, who went on to say Koo was feeling "under appreciated."

But Koo has also apparently found being a Republican in New York City too isolated.

"He probably wants to be united with people," the individual said. "It's probably hard to do, being a Republican [in New York City]."

Koo has apparently also mentioned in the past wanting the chance to introduce legislation and to have the chance to chair a committee--things that will be next-to-impossible in the council's tiny minority.

The Observer's Colin Campbell spoke with Eric Ulrich--who has himself felt the effects of his county party's divisiveness--who said he "can't blame" Koo for making the switch.

Peter is a rock star and a superstar in his community. He represented the future of this party and I tried to do everything I could to help him stay in the Republican Party. But I don’t think people at county level or the local level were particularly helpful in respect to that.


More in:

Comments [2]


Jan. 20 2012 06:59 PM
VJ Machiavelli

Memo to Peter Koo, Don;t do it.

You came to the dance with Republicans stay with them.

The grass is not greener on the other side.

Before there was the "Oracle at Delphi" there was Count Vampire J. Machiavelli

VJ Machiavelli
Power to the People who "VOTE"

Jan. 20 2012 06:44 AM

Leave a Comment

Email addresses are required but never displayed.

Get the WNYC Morning Brief in your inbox.
We'll send you our top 5 stories every day, plus breaking news and weather.


"The Capitol Pressroom" with Susan Arbetter at 11 am

For show archives, please visit The Capitol Bureau's website here.

About The Empire

Everything you need to know about New York politics and governance. We aim for a ground-up approach to politics, reverse engineered to make the effect just as important as the players and the game they play. From the Long Island to The Thousand Islands, New York City Hall to the Capitol Building, The Empire's got you covered.

Check out WNYC's 2013 Mayor Tracker--the one-stop shop for info about the candidates, issues and trends in the upcoming New York City mayoral election.


Our Reporters


Supported by