Terranova, who last served as a citywide community affairs officer before recently retiring, is challenging State Senator Michael Gianaris. His main gripe with the incumbent is the senator’s role in Amazon abandoning its HQ2 campus in Long Island City.
The candidate said he believes the 25,000 jobs would have benefited the western Queens district, including opportunities for construction workers and mom-and-pop businesses.
“Especially now during this COVID situation, can you imagine if we had all those jobs here?” Terranova said. “We would’ve had less people unemployed.”
Though he could have easily gone off “into the sunset” in retirement, the former Department of Sanitation official said he decided to run because he wants to continue helping people, no matter their political affiliation.
“It doesn’t matter to me if you’re a Democratic, a Republican, I don’t care,” he said. “I will do everything in my power to help you.”
Terranova admitted that the pandemic has hurt his campaign by removing face-to-face meetings, but he said he’s still active on Zoom conferences and social media.
His latest initiative is teaming up with developer Seth Weissman, Neuman’s Kitchen, St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Cathedral and other real estate firms to provid meals for people dealing with food insecurity in the district.
“We will be able to feed families and keep a business afloat,” he said.
Though Terranova started the initiative at NYCHA buildings, he decided to expand it after noticing the tremendous need in the community. He is looking at possibly including even more partners in the initiative.
“More people who live paycheck to paycheck are living on one meal a day,” he said. “You can see it in their eyes and hear it in their voices.”