Ex-City Councilman Tom Ognibene, a Republican, is circulating petitions to run for the state Senate against incumbent Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), a source tells the Queens Chronicle.
Ognibene, a Middle Village attorney, served as a city councilman representing Middle Village, Maspeth, Ridgewood and Glendale from 1992 through 2001. He attempted to take back his Council seat in 2009, but lost to Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village). He later ran for lieutenant governor as the running mate of Carl Paladino, but in a fluke lost the GOP primary to Greg Edwards, county executive of Chautauqua County in Western New York, the preferred running mate of unsuccessful GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio.
New York City’s law enforcement community lost a leader last week when Lawrence Festa, chief investigator for the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, died suddenly at age 64.
Festa served 27 years with the NYPD, retiring as a lieutenant in 1997 to join Brown’s staff as an investigator. His assignments in the NYPD included the Organized Crime Control Bureau. He became chief investigator for Brown in 2003.
All these former Republican officials: Gov. Pataki, former Mayor Giuliani, former City Council members Mike Abel, Anthony Stabile, Tom Ognibene, Anthony Como and Dennis Gallagher, state Assemblyman Doug Prescott, state Sens. Frank Padavan and Serf Maltese and Congressman Bob Turner; along with current Councilman Eric Ulrich and Queens GOP Chairman Phil Ragusa have all collectively failed to assist Aurelio “Tony” Arcabascio in raising sufficient funding to run a competitive race against Democrat Melinda Katz (“I’m the ‘real Queens” candidate, Arc says,” by Peter C. Mastrosimone, Oct. 24).
As of April 1, 2013 there were more than 1,076,000 active voters in Queens, including 703,202 Democrats; 128,335 Republicans; 206,770 “blanks” (with no declared party affiliation); 27,556 Independents; 5,862 Conservatives; 3,280 Working Families and 1,235 others.
Arcabascio needed to raise a million dollars months ago to pay for direct mail, telephone banks and newspaper, radio and television advertising to overcome these overwhelming odds if he was to be taken seriously. This was necessary to level the playing field against Katz.
No wonder the last Republican Queens borough president was James A. Lundy, who served from 1952 to 1957. Ditto for Nat Hentel, who served as the last GOP district attorney in 1970.
By comparison, the odds of winning any million-dollar lottery are greater!
It’s long been said that pinch-hitting is one of the most difficult things to do in baseball. But Mets utility man Jordany Valdespin has mastered it through his first one-plus seasons in the big leagues.
Of Valdespin’s 10 career home runs, six have come as a pinch hitter.
Excluding catcher John Buck’s scorching start to the season, Daniel Murphy has been the New York Mets’ top hitter through the team’s first 11 games.
Murphy, who is batting a team-high .381, has hit safely in all but three games. The second baseman has a team-best 16 hits, including eight extra-base hits – five doubles, two home runs and one triple – in 42 at-bats. Last season, he didn’t belt his first two home runs until June 27, when he hit both in consecutive at-bats.
The race was supposed to be one of the most competitive and tightest state Legislative elections in the country. Some were preparing for the possibility of a recount. Either way, nearly everyone on both sides of the campaign thought the final results would be close.
For months it had been characterized as the closest, most expensive state legislative race in the country. The two-term Democratic state senator faced a challenge from a popular Republican city councilman in a newly redrawn district that is far more perilous for a Democrat. These two men shared the same political base and both served the same community in City Hall and in many cases, had the same supporters.
But in the end, the incumbent came out on top — and it was not even close.
For months it had been characterized as the closest, most expensive, state legislative race in the country. The two-term Democratic state senator facing a challenge from a popular Republican city councilman in a newly redrawn district that is far more perilous for a Democrat. These two men shared the same political base and both served the same community in City Hall and in many cases, had the same supporters.
As a key Republican Party nomination battle for state Senate shapes up between Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and Forest Hills attorney Juan Reyes, the Queens Conservative Party today gave Ulrich an ideological boost by throwing him its support.
City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) announced today that he is challenging state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. for the 15th Senatorial District.
With ducks quacking in the background and a forceful wind whipping the American flag and red, white and blue balloons, Republican City Councilman Dan Halloran of Whitestone announced his candidacy Monday for the 6th Congressional District seat, saying it’s time for a real change.
Speaking to supporters, party officials and the press at Bowne Park in Flushing, Halloran, 41, said he is in it to win it and “the campaign won’t be distorted by non-issues.”
Could south Queens see its third special election in three years in 2011?
The central swaths of the borough saw it all this year — even a tornado.
Talk of school closings and casinos dominated much of the headlines this past year in south Queens, but residents also faced their own unique problems, whether they be flooding or dangerous intersections.
Through the offices of civic leader Ruben Estrada, more than 1,000 pairs of new shoes will be distributed this holiday season to New York Goodwill, Newburgh Boxing Club, East Harlem Council, Providence House and numerous other organizations.
Republican Anthony Como has officially conceded in his race to upset state Sen. Joe Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) in the 15th Senate District.
State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat and son of Queens who grew up in Hollis Hills, won a promotion from the people of New York Tuesday when he was elected governor, easily defeating Republican nominee Carl Paladino and a slew of minor party candidates.
Hundreds of ghosts, goblins, princesses, pirates and even elected officials and candidates of Halloweens past and present last Sunday haunted Myrtle Avenue as the Kiwanis Club of Glendale celebrated its 41st annual Halloween Parade.
In one of the most watched state Senate races in the city, freshman Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) seemingly prevailed over his Republican opponent, former prosecutor and onetime City Councilman Anthony Como, who as of press time did not concede the election.
With the midterm election finish line mere days away, 9th Congressional District candidates Bob Turner, a Republican, and Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Queens and Brooklyn) Thursday night seemed sharply divided on most issues, including the national deficit, stimulus, healthcare and Bush tax cuts as they squared off in a spirited debate at the Juniper Park Civic Association meeting in Middle Village.
The two candidates for the 15th state Senate District debated a final time before the Nov. 2 election Thursday evening in Middle Village.
Governor of New York State: Andrew Cuomo (D) Carl Paladino (R)
Many residents of New York have long held a cynical view of how business is done in the state capital.
State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) believes in reforming New York’s state government, something he says has been a priority in the nearly two years he has served in Albany.
Election season is in full swing, and several candidates in south Queens races made their pitch to voters at the Ozone Park Civic Association candidates night on Tuesday.