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The lawyer for state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) will ask a federal judge to postpone the senator’s federal corruption trial until after this year’s Democratic primary.
In a hearing in federal court in White Plans on Friday morning, Attorney Gerald Shargel told federal Judge Kenneth Karas that he will submit his request to the court in writing on Feb. 7.
A second co-defendant in the federal corruption case against state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) and former Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) has pleaded guilty.
Joseph Desmaret, former deputy mayor of upstate Spring Valley, admitted to accepting $10,500 to support the sale of village land to an undercover FBI agent who he believed was a developer. He signed the six-page agreement last Tuesday.
State Sen. Malcolm Smith, left, now has political challenges to add to his legal troubles with Munir Avery, center, and Clyde Vanel trying to force him into a Democratic primary in September.
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.
Transit union leader Daneek Miller topped a crowded Democratic field on Tuesday night, taking the party’s nomination for the 27th District Council seat now held by Councilman Leroy Comrie.
Unofficial totals posted by the Board of Elections on Wednesday had Miller atop the six-candidate field with 24.35 percent of the vote.
Say this about the battle to replace Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) in City Hall — voters will not lack for choices in the Sept. 10 primary.
Comrie, the popular dean of the Queens delegation, is being forced out after 12 years by term limits. And while there has been rampant speculation about the Councilman’s future ranging from Borough Hall to the state Senate, the battle to replace him has been one of the most hotly contested ones in the city.
Existing programs to connect the needy with the nutritious food they need can — and must — be used more creatively for the foreseeable future, according to Democrats running for the City Council in the 27th District.
Attorney Joan Flowers, Community Board 13 member Gregory Mays, transit union leader Daneek Miller and Sondra Peeden all spoke at a forum sponsored by Food Bank for New York City.
Term limits, and in one case a federal indictment, have made for some wide-open City Council races.
But money may make the difference in some of the more hotly contested races, and campaign finance reports, due this past Monday, are starting to draw a clearer picture of just who may have staying power through the Sept. 10 primaries.
Democrats running for the City Council in the 27th District have their differences on some aspects of education.
But all said they believe in having more local control over instruction and curriculum in a candidate forum held Monday night at the Campus Magnet Educational Complex in Cambria Heights.
It was an easy victory for Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) and Assemblywoman Barbara Clark (D-Queens Village), both of whom are retaining their respective seats after Tuesday’s election.
Meeks claimed 146,278 votes or 89.7 of the ballots, according to unofficial results by NY1. Republican challenger Allan Jennings came in a distant second with 15,640 or 9.59 percent, followed by Libertarian contender Catherine Wark with 1,161 or 0.7 percent.
Democrats appeared to retake control of the state Senate Tuesday, as Republicans failed to win a Queens race they had poured resources into and may have lost several other tight contests around New York.
The likely changeover from GOP control would be one more victory for the party that saw President Obama re-elected and solidified its control of the U.S. Senate even as it lost a few more seats in the House of Representatives.
Barbara Clark beat challenger Clyde Vanel by a large margin.
Assemblywoman Barbara Clark (D-Queens Village) easily beat challenger Clyde Vanel last Thursday to hold on to her 33rd District seat.
She received 63.4 percent of the vote while her opponent garnered 36.6 percent, according to preliminary numbers from the Board of Elections. Clark is unchallenged in the November general election and has ensured victory with this win.
Lenore Dunton, a senior who has lived in St. Albans for over 40 years, walked from her house to cast her ballot at nearby PS 36 last Thursday, only to see a sign stating that the polling site had been moved to PS 118 in Hollis, about a mile away.
“This is a bunch of crap,” Dunton said. “Are they trying to prevent people from voting?” The longtime resident was so angered by the situation that she considered not voting at all.
Assemblywoman Barbara Clark (D-Queens Village) easily beat challenger Clyde Vanel to hold on to her 33rd District seat.
As expected following this year's redrawing of state legislative districts and the Board of Elections' admission that it directed thousands of people in Queens to the wrong polling places, a number of voters were unpleasantly surprised when going to cast their ballots in Thursday's primaries.
Voters throughout much of Queens will go to the polls Thursday, Sept. 13, to cast ballots in primary races held by both the Democratic and Republican parties.
Citizens can expect some changes and possible complications, however. The state Senate and Assembly districts for which the primaries are being held have been redrawn, as per the last Census, so many residents will be faced with names that may not be familiar to them.
You don’t have to spend more to do more — that’s the philosophy lawyer and Democrat Clyde Vanel is bringing to the 33rd Assembly District race as he takes on career politician Barbara Clark (D-Queens Village), who has represented the area since 1987.
Vanel is not waiting to get elected to implement some of his plans, he has already started. His campaign office on Linden Boulevard is doubling as a resource center, where community members volunteer their time to teach others a myriad of skills. He is so confident that he will win, he has taken out a four-year lease on the place.
Lawyer Clyde Vanel has challenged Assemblywoman Barbara Clark before, and lost. He’s hoping he can win this time around.
There wasn’t a sea of reporters around attorney Clyde Vanel Tuesday. There weren’t any guest speakers singing his praises either. In fact, Vanel’s headquarters were humbly located in the backyard of someone’s house. Those in attendance were a few volunteers who have been helping Vanel throughout his campaign. All evening there was a low-key atmosphere, with the volunteers sitting back eating pizza and soul food, patiently waiting for the results to come in.
Those who went to the NAACP candidates forum on Thursday only got one side of the story, because only a single candidate from each race participated. The only exception was the competition for the 10th Senate District, but state Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) left five minutes before her Democratic primary challenger, Lynn Nunes, showed up.
Too many politicians in Albany have forgotten that they work for the people, not the other way around. Our state government has been the most inept in the nation for a long time, but this may be the year voters finally declare they’ve had enough and elect a significant number of new senators and assemblymen and women.
The Democratic primary is nearly upon us, and in southeast Queens there are two competative races in which aspiring leaders, both of whom got their feet wet in last year’s City Council race, will try to unseat well-known, longtime public figures.
Clyde Vanel, 35, the lawyer from Cambria Heights, who unsuccessfully tried to unseat City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) in last year’s Democratic primary, is considering challenging Assemblywoman Barbara Clark this November.