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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Dems blast Paterson vetoes  

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Queens: Queens Democrats criticized Gov. David Paterson’s decision to veto much of the budget passed nearly three months after it was due by the state Legislature Monday, saying it could be a particularly bad blow for borough schools. Comment.

Fox, Hevesi hit streets for votes  

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Queens: As the campaign to win the 28th Assembly District intensifies, candidate Joe Fox touted recent praise for him from former Mayor Ed Koch and state Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) promoted his environmental legislation he said would help to grow green jobs in the state. Comment.

Braunstein says he’ll fight for locals  

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Queens: Bayside’s Edward Braunstein said his seven years of work at state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s (D-Manhattan) office has given him insight into how Albany operates that would benefit him if he is elected to replace Assemblywoman Ann-Margaret Carrozza (D-Bayside) this fall. Comment.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Messer backs social programs in Stavisky seat race

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Queens: John Messer wants to reframe the conversation in Albany from tax-and-slash to something more forward-looking. Comments (1).

Meeks adds 2007-08 loans to financial disclosure form

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Queens: U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) submitted changes Friday to his annual financial disclosure statements he is required to file with the clerk of the House of Representatives that showed he borrowed $55,000 in personal loans in 2007 and 2008. Comment.

Astoria attorney pushes reform in run for Gianaris’ seat

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Queens: Astoria’s John Ciafone said he would go to Albany as a reformer with an emphasis on improving education, health care and transportation in his district if elected as the replacement for state Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) this fall. Comment.

I warned mayor: Ragusa  

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Mayor: Queens Republican Party Chairman Phil Ragusa said he tried to dissuade Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s re-election campaign last year from dealing with GOP operative and Forest Hills resident John Haggerty Jr., who was indicted earlier this month on allegations he stole $1.1 million of the mayor’s money and lied to Bloomberg that the money would go to poll watching and ballot security operations. Comment.

Halloran in ticket agent altercation  

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Council District 19: City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) is calling on the city Police Department to dismiss all summonses written by a Queens traffic agent whom the councilman alleges was driving recklessly and running stop signs in Whitestone last week. Comment.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Como throws hat in race against Addabbo

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Queens: Just as it looked as if state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) would be free of opponents for re-election in a contentious western Queens district, former City Councilman Anthony Como,a Republican, said he would challenge the one-term senator. Comment.

Frei-Pearson names people’s welfare, good gov’t top priorities in Assembly run

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Queens: Astoria Democrat Jeremiah Frei-Pearson said he has fought powerful interests and gotten results for the residents of his neighborhood and plans to do the same if chosen by voters as the replacement for state Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) this fall. Comments (1).

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Making of a Candidate: So you want to run for office? Join the club  

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Council District 20: Paying dues is the key to making it onto the northeast Queens political map, Democrat and Republican political operatives say, unless a potential candidate has serious money and connections. Comments (1).

House ethics panel probing Crowley: Hill

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Queens: The U.S. House of Representatives Office of Congressional Ethics has launched a “preliminary review” into eight members of Congress, including U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights), according to The Hill. Comment.

Legislature passes spending bill of $16B to keep gov’t running

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Queens: A state government shutdown was averted after the state Legislature approved an emergency spending bill late Monday with the help of three Republican state senators. Comment.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Republican operative John Haggerty indicted 

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Mayor: High-profile Queens Republican campaign operative John Haggerty Jr. was indicted Monday by a Manhattan grand jury for allegedly stealing $1.1 million funneled to him through Mayor Michael Bloomberg last year, the Manhattan district attorney said. Comments (1).

Friday, June 11, 2010

Milano lobs attack at Gary Ackerman 

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Queens: A Roslyn, L.I., doctor seeking to oust U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) in November called the congressman an out-of-touch elitist during a meeting of the Queens Village Republican Club last week in Bellerose. Comments (4).

State comptroller touts Queens’ economic successes

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Queens: Queens is a bright spot in a state still reeling from the country’s economic recession, state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli told a Queens College’s business forum breakfast last week. Comment.

Simotas aims to give western Queens bigger voice in Albany  

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Queens: Astoria’s Aravella Simotas said she would focus on expanding health care options and improving education in western Queens if she is chosen to replace state Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) this fall. Comments (2).

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Ferreras, Dromm arrested at protest against Arizona law

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Council District 25: Corona and Elmhurst-based immigration reform advocates, including City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-Elmhurst) and Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), were arrested last week during a civil disobedience protest outside the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service building in Manhattan. Comments (2).

Queens GOP dumps Mermel, backs Lazio for governor

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Queens: And you thought Elizabeth Taylor was fickle? The Queens GOP is changing its endorsements for governor like Taylor changes husbands. Comments (1).

Friday, June 4, 2010

Celebrating Pride Parade  

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Council District 26: City Councilmen Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) are still riding high months after their historic election as the first two openly gay men to serve Queens on the Council, but this week they will be riding even higher. Comment.

County GOP switches backing for guv - again

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Queens: The Queens GOP is having commitment problems. Comment.

Crowley writes anti-mutilation bill to help girls

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Queens: U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights), a long-time advocate for women’s rights issues, sponsored the Girls Protection Act of 2010 April 26 after receiving disturbing reports from New York-based women’s shelters, claiming FGM victims have recently visited or anonymously reported FGM cases. Comment.

Queens Assembly reps OK charter school bill

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Queens: Queens state Assembly members helped to usher in legislation that more than doubles the number of charter schools in New York state last week, a move officials said could help the state land hundreds of millions of dollars in federal education funding. Comment.

Gays say Addabbo betrayed their trust

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Queens: The LGBT community and state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) are in dispute over whether he said he supported gay marriage during his 2008 election. Comment.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Leaders take to the streets to preserve Astoria firehouse  

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Council District 30: A bevy of western Queens elected officials called on the city not to close Astoria’s Engine 262 Ladder or other Queens firehouses amid Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s budgetary proposal to eliminate four sites in the borough. Comments (4).

Friedrich to challenge Weprin in primary

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Queens: Bob Friedrich is hoping the third time will be the charm. Comment.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Queens Dems back Braunstein  

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Queens: The Queens County Democratic Party threw its weight behind Edward Braunstein, a Community Board 11 member who works in constituent services for state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan), in the race to replace Assemblywoman Ann Margaret Carrozza (D-Bayside). Comments (1).

Monday, May 31, 2010

Gay activists crash Addabbo’s birthday party  

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Queens: Members of the gay rights group Queer Rising crashed state Sen. Joseph Addabbo’s (D-Howard Beach) birthday party Sunday in South Richmond Hill for what the organization said was the senator’s betrayal of the gay community for his no vote on gay marriage. Comment.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sanders calls for gun buyback in wake of shooting

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Council District 31: After this weekend’s shooting at an out-of-control Springfield Gardens party took the life of a teen, City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton) is calling on the city and community to get illegal guns off the streets to prevent future bloodshed. Comment.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Making of a candidate: Born in the backrooms  

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Queens: State Senator Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) said last week that after 38 years in Albany, he knows how people become politicians. Comment.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Padavan launches bid for Senate re-election

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Queens: State Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) kicked off his bid for the seat he has held since 1972 amid more than 200 supporters at his campaign headquarters in Bayside this week. Comment.

Smith calls upon youth to not wear sagging pants

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Queens: State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans) wants today’s youth to shape up from the bottom up — literally — and has taken to the streets to get his message across. Comments (1).

Queens native Cuomo makes guv bid official  

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Queens: State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, a native son of Queens, officially announced Saturday he is running for governor and took aim at a dysfunctional state Legislature in a video posted on his Web site. Comment.

Comrie protests plans for homeless center

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Council District 27: City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) joined in on the protests against a proposed homeless shelter in Jamaica, a neighborhood where community leaders said they have been overloaded with similar homes. Comment.

Vanel challenges Clark in primary

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Queens: After failing to make it to the City Council during last year’s election, lifelong Cambria Heights native Clyde Vanel is taking another shot at elected office. Comment.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Woodhaven group honors electeds

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Council District 32: It was all about the honorees, great food and good music at last week’s Greater Woodhaven Development Corp.’s 31st-annual dinner-dance at Le Cordon Bleu Caterers in Woodhaven. Comment.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Vallone urges notification of plans to build cell tower

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Council District 22: City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) is calling on the city to alert local communities and their elected officials before a new cell tower or antenna is to be placed on top of a building near residential neighborhoods. Comment.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Halloran blasts city’s cuts to school nurses

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Council District 19: City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) joined concerned parents at Whitestone’s Holy Trinity School this week to criticize city cuts to private schools that would require the institutions to pay to keep nurses on their staffs. Comment.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Paterson blames leaders for budget mess

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Queens: Facing a $9.2 billion deficit and a budget that is 1 1/2 months late, Gov. David Paterson blamed legislative leaders Tuesday for the failure to come up with a financial plan. Comments (1).

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Fox kicks off campaign in Forest Hills

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Queens: Forest Hills resident Joe Fox kicked off his campaign for state Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi’s (D-Forest Hills) seat this week, telling a crowd of about 70 people at his newly opened headquarters that he will focus on ethics, balancing the budget and education during his bid for office. Comment.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Dems to make Assembly pick  

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Queens: The selection of candidates in the race to replace state Assemblywoman Ann-Margaret Carrozza (D-Bayside) could narrow by month’s end after the Queens County Democratic Party decides which contender to support, a source within the party said. Comment.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Monserrate drops lawsuit against Senate  

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Queens: Former state Sen. Hiram Monserrate has run out of legal options for recovering the Senate seat from which he was ousted earlier this year. Comment.