Financial assistance for Sandy-affected residents who must move into temporary housing while their homes are being repaired under the city’s Build it Back program is just one of multiple storm relief initiatives that are included in a federally funded $4.21 billion recovery plan, city officials announced last Friday.
“As we continue to build back a stronger and more resilient city after Sandy, it’s critical that we make every impacted family and small business whole again — and ensure they’re better protected next time they need to be,” Mayor de Blasio said in a written statement.
A Staten Island grand jury’s decision last week not to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo for the death of Eric Garner has triggered nationwide anger, including among Queens congressional members who are calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to slap a federal indictment against the cop.
At a press conference last week in Washington, moments after the announcement of the decision, lawmakers renewed their calls for the DOJ to launch a federal investigation in Garner’s death. The DOJ said it will probe the man’s death, including how the grand jury reached its decision.
Help is on the way for many residents still suffering from Superstorm Sandy.
Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau) announced on Monday that he is reintroducing legislation that would allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency to forgive the overpayment of emergency aid to victims of natural disasters, if they were given the funds due to a clerical error.
I’m very grateful to my neighbors for renewing my contract for two more years in Congress. I intend to keep working hard to earn your support.
The focus of that will continue to be middle-class security. It’s not enough to create jobs; they have to provide long-term stability and opportunity. We have to help middle-class families refinance staggering levels of college debt. We have to build infrastructure in this country and invest in medical research. I want New York to be the Alzheimer’s research capital of America; I want us to lead the nation in creating prosperous new jobs in cybersecurity. And I want to make sure that tax reform is first and foremost beneficial to middle-class New Yorkers and not special-interest lobbyists.
It’s a bold agenda. But America never succeeded with half steps. We need huge leaps for a middle class that has been neglected for too long.
Carolyn Scarano has lived in Astoria all her life, and there’s nothing that could ever change that.
“I just love it. It’s such a diverse community with so much culture,” she said.
If Tuesday’s Republican election victories across the nation were the wave many in the media like to call them, the breakwater around Queens held firm for Democrats, even as the GOP tide rose in some districts as close as eastern Long Island and Staten Island.
In most cases the election was a done deal for Queens Democrats running for the Assembly, state Senate and U.S. House of Representatives before a single vote was cast, as they had no Republican opponents. Where they were challenged, they won.
There are few things vaguer to New York voters than ballot propositions that are often as hard to understand as they are hard to locate on a ballot. This Election Day one such ballot proposal New York voters will be asked to decide on is a legislatively referred constitutional amendment to create a redistricting commission to establish state legislative and congressional districts.
Redistricting is the once-a-decade process in which the legislative districts are adjusted to reflect shifts in population. In New York, like most states, the Legislature has for years had primary control of the redistricting process and that has resulted in districts that tend to protect incumbents and produce noncompetitive elections.
A proposition on Tuesday’s ballot that could take electoral redistricting out of the direct hands of the state Legislature is coming under fire from the Jamaica branch of the NAACP.
Leroy Gadsden, the chapter president, was joined on Monday by civic and clergy leaders at a press conference outside the group’s St. Albans offices.
With Election Day around the corner, residents across Queens are firing up to cast their votes Tuesday.
In the race for governor, incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo is challenged by Republican Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive.
Democratic state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli faces Republican Robert Antonacci, the Onondaga County comptroller.
Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is up against John Cahill, former chief of staff to Governor George Pataki.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn, Queens) took to the House floor last week, before lawmakers adjourned for the midterm campaign recess, to voice his discontent about the Republican majority in a fiery speech for what he called their failure to address the needs of the American people.
Jeffries, who is seeking re-election to represent the 8th Congressional District, which includes most of East and Central Brooklyn and the Queens neighborhoods of Ozone Park, Lindenwood and Howard Beach, argued that the 113th Congress is the least productive in the modern history of our democracy.
Chris Moss, running for lieutenant governor with Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, headlined the list of statewide and Congressional candidates speaking Tuesday night at a meeting of the Queens Village Republican Club.
And the Chemung County sheriff said he and Astorino feel quite at home in New York City.
Former Rep. Kathy Hochul causally stepped out of the Elite Cafe at 72-28 Main St. in Kew Gardens Hills into the drizzly Friday afternoon. As her shoes hit the sidewalk, she suddenly stopped, her wide eyes opened wider by something happening in front of her — a traffic enforcement officer standing in front of a minivan writing a ticket for an expired meter.
“Oh my goodness, whose car is that?” she asked in her thick Western New York accent.
Rebel state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), the vocal populist whose move into the Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference angered the party establishment and prompted a primary challenge from former City Councilman and Comptroller John Liu, has now won the backing of a key congressman in his re-election campaign.
Avella was endorsed last Friday by Rep. Steve Israel (D-Suffolk, Nassau, Queens), who only started to represent part of this borough in 2013, thanks to post-2010 Census redistricting, but is a veteran lawmaker and chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Eleven votes separated them, but Republican candidate for the 3rd Congressional District Stephen Labate conceded Tuesday to the victor, Grant Lally.
The state Board of Elections certified the victory last Thursday, following a court battle over absentee ballots. At the time, Labate, a financial planner from Deer Park, LI, said he would seek a recount because of the small difference in votes.
Rebel state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), the vocal populist whose move into the Senate's Independent Democratic Conference angered the party establishment and prompted a primary challenge from former City Councilman and Comptroller John Liu, has now won the backing of a key congressman in his re-election campaign.
Grant Lally, the Nassau County lawyer seeking to unseat Rep. Steve Israel (D-Suffolk, Nassau, Queens) in the third congressional district, may have cleared the first hurdle.
Lally, who is backed by the Conservative and Libertarian parties, was certified by the state Board of Elections as the winner of the Republican primary Tuesday over his opponent Steven Labate.
Queens Republicans have a new chairman.
After the death of Phil Ragusa last month, the county party’s executive vice chairman, Robert Beltrani of Jackson Heights, was automatically elevated to chairman.
Flushing student artist Xiangkun Kong recently was honored by Rep. Grace Meng in Washington, DC as winner in the Sixth Congressional District art competition.
Kong’s winning artwork, along with the others from art contests throughout the United States, will be displayed for one year in the Cannon Tunnel, a heavily traveled corridor of the United States Capitol.
With just over 100 votes separating the hopefuls, it’s too soon to know the victor in the 3rd Congressional District race.
According to the latest unofficial returns from the state Board of Elections, Grant Lally was leading his Republican opponent Stephen Labate by 110 votes. The 3rd District takes in Whitestone, Bay Terrace, Douglaston and Little Neck as well as much of Nassau and Suffolk counties.
To call the June 24 Democratic primary for the 5th Congressional District low-key would be an overstatement.
Eight-term Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau) is being challenged by Joseph Marthone, an accountant whose political resume includes two unsuccessful bids for the state Senate and two for the City Council.
Two Republicans will fight it out at the polls in Tuesday’s primary in hopes of replacing veteran Congressman Steve Israel of the 3rd District.
Stephen Labate, 46, a financial planner from Deer Park, LI, who lost to Israel two years ago with 41.6 percent of the vote, will face Grant Lally, 52, a lawyer from Lloyd Harbor, LI.
12th District congressional candidate Nick Di Iorio pays tribute.
The way Republican congressional hopefuls Stephen Labate and Grant Lally were going at each other recently, it’s hard to believe they share a party and many of the same objectives — but among them is winning the June 24 primary election and the right to take on Democratic incumbent Steve Israel (D-Suffolk, Nassau, Queens) in the 3rd District race.
On more than one occasion, they couldn’t resist the temptation to cut each other off in mid-sentence during what was billed as a Congressional Primary Candidate Forum, sponsored by the Northeast Queens Republican Club at the Clearview Golf Course Clubhouse in Whitestone on May 21.
The last time a group of Queens Republicans gathered to protest Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the snow was coming down fast and furious and the cold was biting.
On Tuesday, they were back at it again at the entrance to Borough Hall.
In what members hope was a major step toward its revitalization, the Whitestone Republican Club held a special meeting on May 1 at Grace Episcopal Church in Whitestone, with two Congressional candidates from the 3rd District as the scheduled featured speakers, but only one showed up.
According to the invitations announcing the event, the party needs to be organized and be heard “as our freedoms and safety are being put more at risk every day.”