On July 7, Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino told a group of supporters in Queens Village, “If we can raise enough money, we can win this thing.”
He’d best get cracking, according to campaign finance reports filed with the state’s Board of Elections by his and Gov. Cuomo’s campaign this week.
U.S. Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau) sailed easily through Tuesday’s primary for the Democratic nomination for the 5th District in November’s general election.
Unofficial results provided by the New York State Board of Elections gave Meeks 80.1 percent of the vote.
Since few expected the Rangers to go very far in the NHL playoffs, it’s easy to rationalize their five-game loss to the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Final. That’s cold comfort, however, to both Rangers players and fans, who will undoubtedly ruminate on three overtime losses preceded by blown third-period leads and punctuated by questionable referees’ calls.
Two particular referee calls may have been the turning points in the series.
A federal judge on Tuesday granted state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) and former Queens County Republican Party official Vincent Tabone a mistrial on federal corruption and fraud charges.
Judge Kenneth Karas granted the defense motion after learning that a juror on the case would be unable to continue to serve if the trial were delayed a few weeks to allow lawyers for Smith and Tabone to receive and review transcripts of conversations that cooperating government witness Moses Stern had with his rabbi. The conversations, many of which transpired in Yiddish, were picked up by FBI listening devices.
The Queens Democratic Party backed former City Comptroller John Liu as their candidate in the 11th state Senate District, pitting the former councilman and mayoral candidate against a former colleague, incumbent state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who angered his party when he joined the Independent Democratic Caucus — a group of breakaway Democrats who caucus with Republicans in the state’s upper legislative body.
Liu received the endorsement at the county organization’s meeting in Forest Hills on Monday morning.
Elected officials, community leaders and residents gathered on the corner of 61st Street and Woodside Avenue on Saturday to honor the late Councilman Walter McCaffrey.
To celebrate his time in and out of office, the Woodside community held a ceremony to unveil “Walter McCaffrey Place.”
The Queens Democratic Party has endorsed former City Comptroller John Liu as its candidate in the 11th state Senate district, pitting the former Flushing councilman and mayoral candidate against a former colleague, incumbent state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who angered Democrats when he joined the Independent Democratic Caucus — a group of breakaway Democrats who caucus with Republicans in the state’s upper legislative body.
City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) was arrested Wednesday morning in connection with a 12-count indictment charging him with stealing state and campaign funds and laying a false paper trail in an attempt to cover up the alleged thefts.
Wills has been charged with third-degree grand larceny, first-degree scheme to defraud, first-degree falsifying business records, and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing.
Queens Democrats are hoping to lure former city Comptroller John Liu to run against state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) in the primary as payback for his switching to the Independent Democratic Caucus in February.
Avella, always known as a maverick, jumped ship in Albany to join the caucus, which is allied with Republicans to form a majority in the Senate. He said he made the move to get more legislation passed and to get more money for his district.
The Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association addressed several issues, many of them ongoing, that have been affecting the area during its last meeting.
Community Affairs Bureau Officers Jose Severino and Brendan Noonan of the 102nd Precinct cautioned against scammers who continue to prey on the elderly and vulnerable, particularly immigrants, with promises of winning lottery tickets and manufactured threats.
Leroy Comrie confirmed the worst-kept secret on Queens politics on Monday when he formally announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the state’s 14th Senate District, the seat held by embattled Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis).
Comrie, speaking in a telephone interview on Tuesday, said the move was prompted both by people actively urging him to take on Smith, and a bit of homesickness for the hands-on legislative process.
Former GOP mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis was fined more than $11,000 by the city’s Campaign Finance Board April 10 for a mailer against Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) during the latter’s re-election campaign last year.
The CFB fined him $1,473 for not including a “paid for by” notice on a mailer attacking Ulrich during Ulrich’s re-election campaign last year.
Former city Comptroller John Liu of Flushing made it official Wednesday by announcing that he has filed a lawsuit against the city and the Campaign Finance Board for withholding $3.8 million in matching funds during his mayoral campaign.
He alleges that the CFB delivered a “death sentence” to his campaign by not granting the funds, based on what the board called “serious and pervasive” potential violations by Liu’s campaign in its fundraising efforts.
City agencies’ defense of Industrial Business Zones — areas set aside to promote industrial growth — has become somewhat of an affectation as more and more pieces break off of the IBZs to accommodate residential and commercial uses.
Almost one year ago, a plan to erect a 90,000-square-foot residential building was presented at a Citizens for a Better Ridgewood meeting. Many were thrilled at having a new residence on the corner of Woodward Avenue and Starr Street but urban planning and IBZ advocates said the building is a blatant contradiction of City Planning’s “iron-clad commitment” to preserving manufacturers and industrial businesses.
Just call him “Professor Liu.”
Former city Comptroller John Liu announced Wednesday that he is taking a part-time position with Baruch College teaching public policy and municipal finance in the Master of Public Administration program.
State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) formally kicked off his re-election campaign last week.
But the senator, under federal indictment on corruption charges that also cover former Republican Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), now will face at least two experienced campaigners, including one who will be very well-financed.
Queens and the rest of New York City will be hit with several inches of snow Tuesday, in a storm for which the estimates keep getting stronger.
Early Tuesday afternoon, the National Weather Service was forecasting four to eight inches for Rego Park, where the Queens Chronicle offices are located. A couple hours later, the forecast had been increased to six to 10 inches.
A freshman at St. John’s University in Jamaica read one of her poetry offerings at the swearing-in ceremony of Mayor di Blasio in Manhattan on Jan. 1.
Ramya Ramana of Centereach, LI, was named the city’s youth poet laureate for 2014 in October and was selected to take part in the mayor’s inauguration. Her original poem, titled “New York City,” was dedicated to the new mayor and included such evocative lines about the city as, “It is coffee-colored children playing hop scotch on what is left of a sidewalk.”
Mayor Bloomberg has found landing spots for two of his commissioners who were expected to be replaced under a Bill de Blasio administration.
Published reports state that Janette Sadik-Khan, the sometimes controversial head of the Department of Transportation since 2007, will join a Bloomberg-backed consulting group, where she will advocate for things like increased bike lanes and other transportation projects.
Comptroller John Liu may be stepping down at the end of the year, but he’s leaving office with some parting shots at the Bloomberg administration and still has some unfinished business with the City of New York.
Speaking last week with the Queens Chronicle editorial board for the last time as comptroller, Liu, a Flushing resident, blasted the administration for what he and many critics call a bait and switch in the Willets Point redevelopment.
Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz has tapped a longtime associate and a former rival for key positions in Borough Hall come January.
Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), who dropped out of the borough president race this past summer, will serve as deputy borough president, while Jay Bond, a former policy advisor to Katz during her tenure on the City Council and in the state Assembly, will be brought on board as chief of staff.
Austin Shafran, who ran unsuccessfully for the District 19 City Council seat in September’s Democratic primary, has been named New York legislative director of the Working Families Party.
Shafran, 32, of Bayside, lost to Paul Vallone by only 193 votes in a five-person race. It was the first time he ran for office, although his career has centered around working for Democratic Party officials.
This year’s elections and a lawsuit filed this week against the city together demonstrate the need for two reforms in the electoral process.
First off, voters are entitled to privacy when voting, but under the system being used now, they’re not getting it. Mayor Bloomberg himself said that a poll worker had seen his ballot.