Residents of Southeast Queens are expecting to hear this week how the Port Authority will respond to their appeal of plans to move runway operations closer to residential neighborhoods.
Attorney Clyde Vanel, who filed the appeal in federal court in New York City on behalf of the Eastern Queens Alliance back in March, sought to dispel the thought that residents are just anti-airport.
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.
State Sen. Malcolm Smith’s (D-Hollis) ongoing federal corruption trial certainly isn’t helping his re-election campaign.
But image aside, the senator is facing a more practical and possibly equally daunting challenge in the 14th Senate District — the defection of big labor support, and presumably union money and ground troops, to former Deputy Borough President Leroy Comrie.
Barring any last-minute surprises on Friday at a pre-trial conference, jury selection is expected to begin Monday morning in Westchester County in the matter of the United States of America v. Daniel Halloran, Malcolm Smith and Vincent Tabone.
The three were among six people arrested 14 months ago in an alleged scheme by state Sen. Smith (D-Hollis) to bribe Republican officials in New York City in an effort to get his name on the Republican ballot for mayor in 2013.
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.
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.
Munir Avery, left, and Clyde Vanel have been campaigning for Malcolm Smith’s job since this winter. No photo was available for Bernadette Semple, a Navy veteran who entered the race in March.
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.
Deputy Borough President Leroy Comrie is expected to formally kick off his campaign to unseat state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) this week according to a report published in Monday’s Daily News.
Comrie could not be reached for comment, but said to the Chronicle in a phone conversation last month that he had been “90 percent ready” to run.
Deputy Borough President Leroy Comrie did not exactly deny the gist of a New York Post article claiming he told the paper he is “90 percent ready” to enter a primary against embattled state Senator Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis).
But he would not comment on quotes critical of Smith that the paper said he told a reporter.
A Navy veteran from Laurelton is the latest candidate to challenge state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) in his reelection bid in the 14th Senate District.
Bernadette Semple has filed paperwork with the state Board of Elections that allows her to conduct fundraising.
Forgive state Senate Democrats if they view their colleagues from Queens with a jaundiced eye.
Depending on whether Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) can win re-election, and just whom he winds up caucusing with, he may become the second Queens Democrat in two election cycles to cost his party working control of the august body in Albany.
You are cordially invited to more than nine hours of golf in the outdoors, in the company of and in honor of state Sen. Malcolm Smith.
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.