S. Asian Challenges Lancman

Former civil servant Mohammad Rahman, left, is running against Council member Rory Lancman, right, in a Democratic primary race. (Courtesy photo, Photo by Ryan Brady, via Queens Chronicle)

Mohammad Rahman, a former civil servant in the city’s Human Resources Administration, is challenging Council member Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows), arguing that not enough funds have been directed toward the South Asian community, which has a large presence in Lancman’s district, reports Ryan Brady in Queens Chronicle.

“Everybody should get their fair share,” Rahman, a Bangladeshi immigrant who came to the United States in 1986, told the Chronicle. “When you’re representing, you’re representing everyone.”

Rahman says that of the more than $700,000 in discretionary funds from the council that Lancman had to distribute, only $40,000 went to a group that serves the South Asian community in the Jamaica part of District 24. Lancman, for his part, says that $282,490 was dedicated in allocated funds to serve the Bangladeshi community and Jamaica Hills, and detailed a number of individual recipients in his rejoinder to Rahman’s charges.

Go to Queens Chronicle to read about the incumbent’s predictions about the support he expects to receive from the Bangladeshi community, and to learn about the challenges facing Rahman in his bid to unseat Lancman.

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