Politics

Friday, July 25, 2014

Mayoral Spin Cycle

Do not be surprised if it’s Cuomo vs. Clinton in 2016

Those of us who are native New Yorkers like to think that the sun revolves around Times Square — or Queens Boulevard or Eastern Parkway or the Grand Concourse — depending on which borough you call home. Comment.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bayside

Halloran calls alleged bribes consulting fees

Daniel Halloran may be the most talkative witness in his federal corruption trial. Comment.
Politics

Donations pour in for 2017

Although the next round of city elections is more than three years away, the delay has not stopped those with special interests from contributing to the tens of thousands of dollars amassed in Queens elected officials’ campaign coffers. Comments (1).
Politics

Boro GOP late on filings

The Queens GOP locked itself out of official campaign coffers’ ledgers — and not because of inner-party bickering. Comment.
Forest Hills

GOP politico Haggerty returns to prison

Queens’ GOP operative John Haggerty is back behind bars, the Manhattan DA said. Comment.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Flushing

Jung builds war chest

Flushing state Senate candidate S.J. Jung has out-fund-raised and outspent his opponent, Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone), but her campaign is not worried. Comment.

Tuesday, July 22, 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.
Letters

Stop going after Wall Street

Interestingly, on June 25, the City Council released a joint report — “Thousands of Homeowners Still Drowning in Underwater Mortgages” — which found that private-labeled securitized mortgages, like high-interest and subprime, that contributed to the bursting housing bubble and economic collapse of 2008 are disproportionately high in African-American and Latino neighborhoods of New York City. Comments (3).

Monday, July 21, 2014

St. Albans

Miller gives $1 million to constituents to spend

How would you spend $1 million of tax money in your neighborhood? Comments (5).
Letters

Supreme Court ruling wrong for unions

The U.S. Supreme Court made a wrong decision when it ruled that some public workers who benefit from union negotiations and protections do not need to bother paying for them. Comment.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Howard Beach

Ognibene out of Senate race

Former City Councilman Thomas Ognibene filed paperwork declining to run on the Republican and Conservative tickets for state Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr.’s (D-Hoard Beach) seat, the city Board of Elections said. Comment.
Hollis

Vanel drops out of state Senate race

Small businessman Clyde Vanel announced Monday he would not pursue the state Senate seat currently held by Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) and sought by former City Councilman Leroy Comrie. Comments (3).
Flushing

Three Queens Asian leaders endorse Schneiderman

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), state Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) and City Council members Margaret Chin (D-) and Peter Koo (D-Flushing) have announced that they will endorse state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for re-election. Comment.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Letters

Bring every troop home now

The shear dishonesty, let alone outright absence of patriotism, of even questioning the exchange of five uncharged terrorists for one American soldier is disgusting, and those shameless dissidents who are condemning President Barack Obama for doing so should hang their heads if they are not in fact devoid of shame. Comments (1).

Friday, July 18, 2014

Bayside

U.S. Rep. Israel backs Avella in state Senate race

U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) announced Friday he will be backing state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) in his primary fight against former city Comptroller John Liu. Comments (22).
Little Neck

Lally edges Labate by 11 votes to win GOP primary

More than three weeks after the election, a congressional primary between two Republican candidates in northeast Queens finally has a winner. Comments (3).

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Bayside

Halloran speaks to jurors at his federal corruption case

Former Whitestone City Councilman Daniel Halloran assumed the witness stand in his federal corruption trial Thursday, saying a statement he made about money being the prime motivator in politics was taken out of context by prosecutors who have made it a catch phase of the corruption case. Comment.
Whitestone

Beltrani assumes boro GOP post, but second faction disputes move

Does the Queens GOP have a new king? Comments (2).
Flushing

Liu pulls in $508K for coffers

Former city Comptroller John Liu has flexed his fund-raising chops in his young campaign to oust state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), amassing more than $508,000 in his first campaign finance filing. Comments (6).
Jackson Heights

Jax Hts district leader race grows heated on Facebook

This is not your mother’s Democratic district leader race. Comments (1).

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Bayside

Cooperating witness takes stand in Dan Halloran’s corruption trial

Former City Councilman Dan Halloran’s attorney questioned an upstate developer cooperating with the government about whether his first meeting with the Bayside Republican breached FBI protocol and whether he celebrated the legislator’s arrest with a trip to Florida. Comment.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Jamaica

Comrie stockpiles support and money to unseat Smith

Leroy Comrie’s campaign for embattled state Sen. Malcolm Smith seat is gaining momentum. He is accumulating support, endorsements and money. Comments (1).

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Bayside

Key witness sobs at Halloran trial

Former Bronx GOP boss Joseph Savino, who pleaded guilty in an election-rigging scheme and now faces 30 years in prison, said he had a guide in the plot: a quarterback from Queens. Comments (1).
Flushing

Avella scores union nod in re-election bid

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) won a big ally in his re-election campaign Tuesday when Mayor Bill de Blasio endorsed the two-term incumbent. Comments (9).
Hollis

Sen. Smith missed 808 votes: Report

State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) was absent in Albany more than all his colleagues in the chamber, except for Sen. Adriano Espaillat (D-Washington Heights), who was mounting an unsuccessful bid for Congress. Comments (3).
Little Neck

No winner yet in GOP primary for Israel’s seat

A congressional primary between two Republican candidates in northeast Queens is still not officially decided after three unsuccessful weeks of trying to determine a winner, the state Board of Elections said. Comments (2).

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