Politics

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Whitestone

Halloran’s spokesman steps down

Another top official working for embattled City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) stepped down this week, making it the third time an aide has quit since the councilman was arrested on federal corruption charges. Comments (18).
Politics

Majority of voters want Shelly shelved as Assembly boss: Poll

In a recent poll conducted by Siena College Research Institute, 52 percent of New York state voters say state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) failed to handle the Vito Lopez case appropriately and believe he should step down as speaker. Comments (1).
Political Action

Blishteyn backs trade schools, vouchers in race for City Council

New York City in past decades has been the place where new political and social ideas have emerged. Queens Republican Chairman Phil Ragusa recently commented on some of these recent issues. He is strongly opposed to efforts being made by liberal spokesmen to grant voting rights to non-citizens. Comment.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Whitestone

Queens keeping close eye on Halloran capital cash

It has been two months since City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) was arrested on federal corruption charges and barred from touching government funds, but groups who were promised some of that money said they were still optimistic they will see green. Comment.
Auburndale

Forum questions Dems seeking seat in Council

Five Democrats hoping to replace City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) came together for their first public forum as primary opponents Tuesday, fielding questions largely revolving around quality of life in northeast Queens. Comment.
East Elmhurst

Mayoral hopefuls tackle Sandy at faith forum in East Elmhurst

Following Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement of a $20 billion plan to protect the city from future storms, mayoral candidates were grilled last week on how they would leverage those funds to create jobs, expand affordable housing and invest in neighborhoods. Comment.
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Democrats have no real plan to tackle union back pay

One of the reasons New York has had Republican mayors for the last 20 years is because the city’s public- and private-sector unions have not rallied behind the same candidate during Democratic primaries. Comment.

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