Political Action

July, 2014

Political Action

Late Queens GOP Chairman Ragusa will be missed

The recent death of highly respected Queens Republican Party Chairman Phil Ragusa has created a difficult situation for the party. Ragusa had led his county organization through one of its most difficult times in recent years. Comment.
Political Action

States should not opt for open primary elections

We have seen an open primary in Virginia where voters do not have to vote according to political party affiliation. They can vote in either the Republican or Democratic primary for the candidate of their choice. Comment.

June, 2014

Political Action

Catsimatidis advocates for a new World’s Fair

One of the main advocates of a new World’s Fair is John Catsimatidis, a longtime, successful, New York City businessman. He has a radio talk show on 970 AM every Sunday morning from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. involving politics and current events. Comment.
Political Action

Boro Dems face interparty fight over Avella, IDC

In recent years, there have been few major interparty battles within the Queens Democratic Party. This year, the situation may be different with Queens Democratic Chairman U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) indicating that the Democratic county organization will not endorse state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) for re-election in the 11th Senate District in northeast Queens. Comments (2).

May, 2014

Political Action

2014 politics will portend trends in 2016 races

The Queens Village Republican Club has been hosting guest speakers who have been attracting large crowds to the meetings. Comment.
Political Action

A third World’s Fair in the city would spur economy

With the World’s Fair anniversary at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, it is time to look at the possibility of a third world’s fair in the not too distant future. Comments (3).

April, 2014

Political Action

Third parties play important roles in city elections

New York state has an almost unique system of third parties that appear on the ballot in addition to the two major parties. Comments (1).
Political Action

Ex-mayoral hopeful Catsimatidis hosts radio show

On March 16, a new radio show began featuring John Catsimatidis as the moderator. Catsimatidis ran for mayor last year in the Republican primary. The program is on station WNYM 970 AM at 9 a.m. and runs for one hour. Comment.

March, 2014

Political Action

Labate, Lally set for GOP primary to unseat Israel

New York state’s 3rd Congressional District, which runs along the north shore of Long Island, is in three counties: Nassau, Suffolk and Queens. It contains, within its Queens part, Douglaston, Little Neck and parts of Whitestone and Bayside. Comments (1).
Political Action

Astorino poised to run for governor as a Republican

The statewide race for governor this year seems to be taking shape. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, who threw his hat into the ring Wednesday on the Republican side, seems to be gaining support. Comment.

February, 2014

Political Action

King, possible ‘16 contender, speaks at boro GOP club

The Queens Village Republican Club recently held its annual club dinner. It is estimated it had more than 200 guests, which is a lot for a club function. Comment.
Political Action

Bridgegate raises questions over Christie as president

The recent situation involving New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and the slowdown on the George Washington Bridge that lasted for several days raises a significant number of questions. Comments (1).

January, 2014

Political Action

De Blasio and Farina should consider trade schools

Public education has always been an important issue in New York City political campaigns. That is especially true in mayoral races. Comments (1).
Political Action

State should readopt June primary election schedule

With the 2014 New York state legislative session about to begin, the issue of moving the state political party primary from September to June will be one of the important matters considered by our state Legislature. Comment.
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