Politics

Monday, Sept. 2, 2013

Astoria

Prentzas promotes education overhaul in city

Gus Prentzas hopes to use his experience from the now-defunct school board to push for dramatic changes to the city’s education system if he is elected to succeed City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria). Comment.
Astoria

Astoria’s Serpe seeks Vallone’s City Council seat

If there was any district in New York City where a Green Party candidate, independent of the political machine system, had the potential to get elected, it is in Astoria’s 22nd District, Lynne Serpe said. Comment.

Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013

Hillcrest

Rahman Council run seeks equality in boro

Mujib Rahman wants to end what he calls the double standard between longstanding residents and new immigrants in City Councilman James Gennaro’s (D-Fresh Meadows) district, should he replace the term limited lawmaker next year. Comments (2).

Friday, Aug. 30, 2013

Forest Hills Gardens

Weiner lays out mayoral plan

Mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner is running a campaign of ideas, including mass transit fixes for Queens, and is soldiering through the primary despite the political fallout from his sexting scandal. Comments (1).
St. Albans

District 27 hopefuls want education changes

When asked which city agency most needed to mend its relationship with their community, candidates in the race to succeed City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) said they would set their sights on the city Department of Education and the NYPD. Comments (1).
Mayoral Spin Cycle

The 2013 election season still has a way to go before it ends

While many insiders think there’s three weeks left until we pick a new mayor, city comptroller, city public advocate, as well as two borough presidents, a district attorney and a new City Council — an unprecedented turnover in municipal government — it is just the second half of a long marathon that won’t conclude until six months from now, in early 2014. Comment.
Letters

CD 19 has weak candidates

It is sad to see the lineup for the 19th City Council District race this year. Comments (9).

Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013

Kew Gardens

GOP shakes things up at the BOE

An insurgent faction of Queens Republicans is orchestrating a power grab by remaking the borough’s Board of Elections office in its image following a successful political coup earlier this year. Comment.
Politics

Candidates have much to consider in picking Chinese names

Candidates who want to make inroads with Mandarin-speaking voters must tread carefully when translating their names into Chinese, and strategies differ on how to be effective while avoiding unwanted connotations. Comment.
Bayside

PAC ads attack Council hopefuls

Four of the five Democrats hoping to replace City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) stood united this week in opposition to attack ads being sent out to voters. Comments (5).
Politics

Stop-frisk act makes for politics in Queens

If the City Council’s decision to forge ahead last week on a pair of NYPD oversight bills was, as Mayor Michael Bloomberg claimed, nothing more than “election year politics” and “political pandering,” Queens politicians on both side of the debate certainly provided plenty of fodder. Comments (1).
Astoria

Vallone vows to keep boro safe as beep

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) is running for borough president on his record of public safety experience and small business know-how. Comment.
Bay Terrace

Voters pack candidates forum

Bay Terrace voters took a closer look at candidates running for four different jobs, including mayor and City Council in a nearly three-hour marathon of city politics. Comment.

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