That number is down from 25 percent 15 years ago, according to borough officials.
Borough officials decided they had no choice but to stand fast and fight.
The choice appears to have wide support among other borough officials.
There is plenty of room to grow in the area, borough officials say.
He added that borough officials would now "be answering to someone who will keep them in line."
Borough officials said that such a comparison did not apply here.
It was clear to borough officials then that Queens needed a coherent system.
But they say they are willing to work with borough officials.
The chief said he thought the agreement would be private, but borough officials made it public after requests from newspapers.
The first election of Borough officials was held on April 27, 1909.