Thursday, July 31, 2014


GOP won’t challenge Avella after failing to get signatures

September’s Democratic primary between state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and former city Comptroller John Liu will be for all the marbles since there will be no Republican contender in the general election. Comments (3).

Reporter’s Notebook, Views of Halloran’s trial

With an American flag pin worn religiously on his breast, his father’s police badge memento in hand and a rarely wavering smile, former City Councilman Dan Halloran cut a colorful figure on the witness stand. Comment.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Rego Park

Rego Park real estate lawyer to challenge Joseph Addabbo

Queens Republicans announced a Rego Park real estate lawyer will assume the candidacy left vacant when former City Councilman Thomas Ognibene opted not to run for state Senate. Comment.

There’s more to mayor’s vacation

Only a politically naive person would believe Mayor Bill de Blasio is vacationing in Italy when the major impetus for this trip is to meet with some of his leftist Italian comrades of the Democratic Party of the Left, the nom de guerre of the Italian Communist Party after its 1991 reorganization. Comment.

Monday, July 28, 2014


GOP hopeful mulls reality TV appearance

A long-shot Republican candidate who is challenging U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) has considered venturing into the world of reality TV. Comment.

Avella gets nod from firefighters

Some of New York’s Bravest have decided to tip their firefighter hats toward state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) in his re-election campaign this week. Comments (1).

Saturday, July 26, 2014


Prosecutors sum up their bribery case against former Councilman Halloran

Eight weeks after the proceedings first opened, attorneys began presenting their summations and closing statements Friday in a federal corruption case against former City Councilman Dan Halloran. Comment.

Politicians only care about votes

There are few politicians who are sincerely in the game to help the people. After all, look how they are being indicted one after the other. They con the people for votes, then rob them. Comments (8).

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. Comments (1).

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Halloran calls alleged bribes consulting fees

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

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 (2).

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


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.

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).

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.

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).

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


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 (2).

Friday, July 18, 2014


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 (24).
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


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.

Beltrani assumes boro GOP post, but second faction disputes move

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

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


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.

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