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Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz, second from left, Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, River Fund of New York Executive Director Swami Durga Das, and Jason Hilliard from the office of Congressman Gregory Meeks assist the needy in Richmond Hill on Saturday.
The end of the election season did not mean that Queens politicians would be sleeping on Saturday, when Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz, Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) and former Congressman Anthony Weiner were in Richmond Hill handing out Thanksgiving groceries at the River Fund food pantry.
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.
Donald Manes had been a man in a hurry.
The Queens prosecutor was 31 in 1965 when he became the youngest person ever elected to the City Council until then. In 1971 he won a special election to became the youngest Queens borough president in history.
Construction will be delayed until next summer on a Queens housing complex that will be dedicated to grandparents and their grandchildren.
Pastor Victor Hall of the Calvary Baptist Church in Jamaica is affiliated with the project slated for Guy R. Brewer Boulevard and 112th Road.
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!
Tony Arcabascio, the Republican candidate for Queens borough president, is asserting that Queens Public Television decided against airing a debate between him and his Democratic opponent, Melinda Katz, out of politics, a charge the station denies.
Arcabascio and Katz had debated before the QPTV cameras on Oct. 10, and the station said it was going to broadcast the event a dozen times before Election Day. But before the first airing, at least two newspapers, the Queens Chronicle and the Daily News, ran articles on the event.
Tony Arcabascio, the Republican candidate for Queens borough president, is claiming that Queens Public Television decided against airing a debate between him and his Democratic opponent, Melinda Katz, out of politics, a charge the station denies.
Congressman Gregory W. Meeks
If it wanted to, the House Republican majority could immediately end the government shutdown it has caused. While Americans wait, over 800,000 federal employees have been furloughed; millions more are working without pay; vital services, programs, facilities, parks and monuments have been suspended or closed; intelligence and law enforcement agencies are understaffed; communities where federal facilities are located and the tens of thousands of small businesses with federal contracts and the hundreds of thousands of workers they collectively employ are being hurt. Some of these businesses may not recover.
Constituents ask: How much longer is the shutdown going to affect me? Why did things come to this and who’s responsible for this mess? What needs to be done to reopen the government?
The lengthy government shutdown isn’t just wreaking havoc in the halls of Congress; it is also the root cause of much angst and confusion among citizens across the country, including Queens. Unfortunately, borough residents of all ages already have begun feeling the impacts from the latest episode of Washington gridlock.
While politicians battle on Capitol Hill as the shutdown enters its second week, many Queens residents have been left wondering how the federal chaos will affect them.
Cheers may have been the place where everybody knew your name, but that’s nothing compared to O’Neill’s, the iconic Maspeth bar and restaurant that held its grand reopening last Friday following a two-year hiatus, the result of a horrific fire in 2011 — a place many of its loyal followers describe as home.
“I’m really excited. It’s almost as if a childhood home burned down and was rebuilt. My whole family is on their way,” said Mary O’Donnell, who lives nearby and was joined by some friends to celebrate her 33rd birthday.
Two of the many lessons we teach our children are that they can do anything they set their minds to and to never give up. Despite years of waiting and a disheartening denial this past March, the children of the Aquinas Honor Society at the Immaculate Conception School in Jamaica Estates have proved those timeless lessons valid.
“I am so immensely proud right now,” eighth-grader and President of Aquinas Honor Society Anjali Deodat, 13, said. “We are all so happy and it makes me proud of all of us.”
As a member of Congress who represents a large population of Americans of Indian descent, I am deeply troubled by the outrageous remarks aimed at the winner of the 2014 Miss America Pageant: fellow New Yorker Nina Davuluri.
Ms. Davuluri embodies the American dream—the daughter of immigrants who graduated from a prestigious university and plans to pursue a medical degree. She is American in the truest sense, and the fact that this would be questioned is despicable.
Embracing diversity is an American value, and one that I have always cherished. I am the product of grandparents who fled Russia due to persecution and found an accepting home here in America. I have spent my life honoring their memory by fighting against hatred, bigotry and persecution. When I heard of the vitriol being directed toward Ms. Davuluri, I felt compelled to respond.
I join with the voices of the many Americans who have cried out against these hateful remarks. And I will continue to work in Congress to fight against hatred.
Editor’s note: The writer’s congressional district includes much of northern Queens.
New York will be joining other states with its own healthcare exchange on Oct. 1.
The exchange is a type of online marketplace where insurance can be found for eligible individuals at a significant discount. Those on Medicaid will continue to receive those benefits, but for those who fit into that gray area — of not qualifying for Medicaid but not being able to afford full coverage healthcare — the exchange may be a feasible option.
About 70 people came to Jackson Heights on Monday, including Maria Bakhchyan, top center, and Judy Natkins, bottom left, to ask Congressman Joe Crowley to vote no on military action against Syria.
For many Queens Republicans, there was hope that Tuesday’s primary election for state committee positions, also known as district leaders, would put an end to the ongoing civil war within the party.
But as results trickled in Wednesday, it appeared there wasn’t any decisive decision one way or another.
About 70 people, mostly seniors, took to Jackson Heights Monday night to urge Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx) to vote no on potentially bombing Syria for the government’s alleged use of toxic gas on its citizens.
“We have to take a different stance from Obama,” said Lebanese-Armenian Maria Bakhchyan at the hour-long candlelight vigil. “We’re tired of America going into all the Middle Eastern countries. It’s going to make things worse.”
Congressman Gregory Meeks, left, mayoral candidate Bill Thompson and the Rev. Floyd Flake call for an end to prosecuting youth as adults.
The crowded District 19 City Council race in the Tuesday Democratic primary will pit seasoned veterans against first-time candidates.
Only one will be named the winner and face Republican Dennis Saffran in the November election.
Francine and David Wheeler, the parents of one of the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, will speak at the street renaming for their son Benjamin this Saturday.
The neighborhood, with the request of Congressman Joe Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx) and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), will name the corner of 41st Street and Queens Boulevard ó near the Wheelerís former home ó Benjamin Wheeler Place.
Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson on Tuesday unveiled a proposal that he said would generate millions of dollars in tax revenue and expand opportunities for city youth.
Thompson and Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) are calling for the state to end of prosecuting 16- and 17-year-olds as adults. Thompson said this would generate at least $50 milion “a year in foregone wages and millions in lost tax revenue to the state.”
On Monday, construction workers were on the job at the site of the planned Little Bay Park comfort station and expanded parking lot off Cross Island Parkway, near the entrance to Fort Totten in Bayside, which should put somewhat to rest complaints from local residents that the project has been at a standstill for years.
While estimates of the project’s anticipated completion date vary, knowing that progress is being made came as good news to Warren Schreiber, president of the Bay Terrace Community Alliance, who had earlier expressed concern about the much-delayed undertaking.
There are other good reasons why “Eliot Spitzer for the Democratic comptroller nomination” (Editorial, Aug. 22) makes sense.
Consider New York City has a municipal budget approaching $70 billion dollars with over 220,000 employees. This is greater than many states and nations. Spitzer’s opponent, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who also previously served as a legislative assistant to state Assemblyman and Congressman Gerald Nadler, along with serving as a member of the state Assembly, has no private sector experience. He has never built a business, balanced a budget, created jobs, met a payroll or managed any significant agencies with large numbers of employees.
Stringer has been running around town campaigning since November 2009, “unofficially” running for mayor as term limits prevents him for running Manhattan borough president in 2013. His dreams of running for mayor never got off the ground. Stringer had been consistently polling at no grea
ter than 5 percent among potential Democratic Party primary voters over the past three years, coming in last among the four leading candidates. So he decides instead to run for comptroller. This hardly makes him a credible candidate. Stringer is just another career politician looking for his next meal ticket.
There was a Christine Quinn sighting in Floral Park Tuesday evening.
Council Speaker Quinn (D-Manhattan) came out on offense against Public Advocate Bill de Blasio at a forum for mayoral candidates at North Shore Towers.