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

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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.