Peter Koo

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Peter Koo
Member of the New York City Council from the 20th District
Assumed office
January 1, 2010
Preceded by John Liu
Personal details
Born (1952-01-12) January 12, 1952 (age 66)
Political party Republican (Prior to 2012)
Democrat (Since 2012)
Spouse(s) Bernadette Ching Koo
Children 2
Alma mater New Mexico College of Pharmacy
Website Official website
Peter Koo
Traditional Chinese 顧雅明
Simplified Chinese 顾雅明

Peter Koo (born January 12, 1952)[1] is an Hong Kong American politician, the Council member for the 20th District of the New York City Council. He is a Democrat. The district includes portions of Bayside, College Point, Flushing, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Fresh Meadows and Whitestone in Queens.

Koo and Manhattan Council member Margaret Chin comprise the Asian-American delegation of the Council.

Life and career[edit]

Koo is a Hong Kong American born in Shanghai in 1952. Prior to immigrating to the United States in 1971, he lived in the former British Hong Kong. Graduating from the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy in 1975 where he paid his way through by working minimum wage jobs at Kentucky Fried Chicken and Dunkin Donuts, Koo is a pharmacist who developed a five-store chain of pharmacies called Starside Drugs Pharmacy.[2]

He has been a member of Queens Community Board 7. Previously, he unsuccessfully challenged local state senator Toby Ann Stavisky in 2008.[3] He has been called the "Mayor" of Flushing.

In January 2012,[4] Koo changed his party affiliation from Republican to Democratic.[5]

New York City Council[edit]

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.[6]

Election history
Location Year Election Results
NY Senate
District 16
2008 General Toby Ann Stavisky (D) 69.44%
Peter Koo (R) 30.56%
NYC Council
District 20
2009 General √ Peter Koo (R) 49.05%
Yen S. Chou (D) 45.24%
S.J. Jung (Working Families) 4.06%
Evergreen Chou (Green) 1.64%
NYC Council
District 20
2013 General √ Peter Koo (D) 79.67%
Martha Flores-Vazqeuz (Jobs & Education) 10.38%
Sunny Hahn (Reform) 6.40%
Evergreen Chou (Green) 3.38%

Koo serves on the following New York City Council committees:[8]

  • Consumer Affairs and Business Licensing
  • Economic Development
  • Land Use
    • Landmarks, Public Siting, and Maritime Uses (subcommittee of Land Use Committee)
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Technology (He serves as chair of this committee.)
  • Transportation

Personal life[edit]

Peter has been married for 26 years and has two children, a boy and a girl.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Our Campaigns - Candidate - Peter Koo". Retrieved 2018-07-10. 
  2. ^ Victor G. Mimoni (12 March 2008). "Community activist Peter Koo challenges Stavisky". The Queens Courier. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  3. ^ Liz Rhoades (29 October 2009). "Can Republican Koo beat Flushing Dem?". Queens Chronicle. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "Queens City Councilman Peter Koo Defects to Democrats". DNAinfo. 2012-01-23. Archived from the original on 2015-09-25. Retrieved 2015-09-24. 
  5. ^ Colangelo, Lisa L. (23 January 2012). "Queens Councilman Peter Koo flips from Republican to Democrat". Daily News. New York. 
  6. ^ Connor Adams Sheets (4 November 2009). "Republican Peter Koo defeats Chou in Flushing Council race". Boro Politics. Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  7. ^ "New York Council". Retrieved 13 December 2016. 
  8. ^ "District 20". Peter Koo. Retrieved 2018-04-25. 

External links[edit]

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