Peter Koo

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Peter Koo
Member of New York City Council from the 20th district
Assumed office
January 1, 2010
Preceded by John Liu
Personal details
Born 1952 (age 62–63)
Shanghai, China
Political party Democratic Party
Other political
Republican Party (until 2012)
Spouse(s) Bernadette Ching Koo[1]
Children Timothy and Tiffany[1]
Alma mater New Mexico College of Pharmacy

Peter Koo (顧雅明; Gù Yǎmíng, born 1952) is a New York City-based American politician. He is a member of the New York City Council, representing City Council District 20, which includes the Queens neighborhoods of Flushing, Queensboro Hill, Mitchell Gardens, Kissena Park, Harding Heights, Auburndale, and parts of Whitestone. Koo was elected to the city council seat on 3 November 2009, defeating Democratic Party nominee Yen Chou, Working Families Party nominee S.J. Jung, and Green Party nominee Evergreen Chou. He assumed the position that was held by John Liu, the New York City Comptroller.[2] He and Manhattan Council member Margaret Chin comprise the Asian-American delegation of the Council. Liu, whom Koo succeeded, also served in the Council from 2002–2009, as its sole Asian-American member.[3]

Personal background[edit]

Koo is a Chinese American born in Shanghai, China, in 1952. Prior to immigrating to the United States in 1971, he lived in Hong Kong. Graduating from the New Mexico College of Pharmacy in 1975, Koo is a pharmacist who developed a five-store chain of pharmacies called Starside Drugs Pharmacy.[4] Koo used some of the profits from these pharmacies to finance his city council campaign.[5] He has been a member of Queens Community Board 7. Previously, he had unsuccessfully challenged local state senator Toby Ann Stavisky.[6] In 2008 he ran unsuccessfully for New York State Senate against incumbent Toby Ann Stavisky.

In January 2012, Koo changed his party affiliation from Republican to Democratic.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Peter Koo". The New York City Council. Retrieved 13 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Connor Adams Sheets (4 November 2009). "Republican Peter Koo defeats Chou in Flushing Council race". Boro Politics. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  3. ^ John Liu, Peter Koo, Margaret Chin Sworn Into New York City Offices
  4. ^ Victor G. Mimoni (12 March 2008). "Community activist Peter Koo challenges Stavisky". The Queens Courier. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
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  6. ^ Liz Rhoades (29 October 2009). "Can Republican Koo beat Flushing Dem?". Queens Chronicle. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  7. ^ Colangelo, Lisa L. (23 January 2012). "Queens Councilman Peter Koo flips from Republican to Democrat". Daily News (New York). 

External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
John Liu
New York City Council District 20