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.
Before the construction of the Interborough Parkway in 1933 one wasn’t quite sure where Kew Gardens left off and Forest Hills began. Even the name of the section of Forest Hills right up against Kew Gardens had a transitional flavor to it: Kew Forest.
On the north side of Queens Boulevard at the corner of 78th Avenue was the Kew Gardens Theater. The Pickman Building stands on the site today.
To coincide with the 30th anniversary of longtime Forest Hills resident Geraldine Ferraro’s historic vice presidential nomination, which made her the first U.S. woman to be nominated on a major party presidential ticket, her filmmaker daughter, Donna Zaccaro, has produced a documentary about the woman who became a trailblazer without forgetting where she came from.
On Monday night, St. John’s University hosted a screening of the film, “Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way,” which has been chosen as a selection at several film festivals and is now being broadcast on Showtime.
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.
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.
Jessica Ramos, a Democratic district leader from Jackson Heights, raised some eyebrows and angered some in her party after posting this Facebook status last week.
One Jewish Democratic official called it “touching the third rail of Queens politics.”
A Democratic district leader from Jackson Heights posted one word and a symbol on her Facebook page last week and it has sparked criticism. Depending on whom you ask, her comment ignited a hot debate within the Democratic Party, or was just exploited in a cynical ploy in an obscure political race that is part of the ongoing battle between the Queens Democratic establishment and a group of anti-establishment party members backed by several citywide elected officials.
John Liu, left, has the support the Queens Democratic establishment, most elected Democratic officials and several unions in his fight to unseat Democratic state Sen. Tony Avella. But on Tuesday, Mayor de Blasio endorsed Avella, and the Working Families Party withdrew its support of the former comptroller, electing to remain neutral in the primary.
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.
Shortly after he was kicked out of the state Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference in 2013, people in Albany and Southeast Queens began calling him the man without a party.
Now locked in a primary battle for his political survival and a federal corruption trial restarting in January, state Sen. Malcolm Smith apparently can only watch as every party leader, elected official and natural Democratic constituency group lines up behind former Councilman and Deputy Borough President Leroy Comrie.
This was supposed to be the week John Liu was to be surging with major political and union endorsements; the week state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) was supposed to be glancing nervously into his rearview mirror.
And it was — until about 4 p.m. on Tuesday, when Mayor de Blasio endorsed Avella and the Working Families Party withdrew its pledged endorsement of Liu, choosing to remain neutral in the Democratic primary in the 11th Senate District.
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.
The strange but true history of the New York State Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference took a turn for the positively wild on Tuesday, with Mayor de Blasio endorsing incumbent IDC members Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and Jeff Klein (D-Bronx).
Adding to the surprise was the announcement that the Working Families Party had withdrawn its backing of former city Comptroller John Liu, who is challenging Avella, and former state Attorney General Oliver Koppell, who is primarying Klein, and will remain neutral in both races
Dozens of area residents discarded old computers, cell phones, printers and other unused electronic items at a recent “E-recycling spring cleaning day” in Woodside.
The event was hosted by state Assemblywoman Marge Markey and Rep. Joe Crowley, the Queens Democratic Party chairman, both seen here with some of the equipment that was brought in. They are joined by Bill McClean, president of the Boulevard Gardens co-op association, and workers with Green Recycling Management.
Phil Ragusa, 74, of Beechhurst, who led the Queens Republican Party for seven years, many of them tumultuous, died Tuesday from leukemia at New York Presybterian Hospital.
Accolades from across the state and farther have poured in about the certified public accountant who took over the helm of the Queens party from former state Sen. Serphin Maltese, who stepped down in 2007.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) just got a big thumbs up from across the aisle.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) announced he would back Goldfeder’s campaign for re-election. Ulrich madetheannouncement at a fundraiser for Goldfeder in Rockaway Tuesday evening. The two represent much of the same area, including the Rockaways, Howard Beach, Broad Channel and Ozone Park.
Phil Ragusa of Whitestone, the longtime chairman of the Queens Republican Party, has died. He was 74.
Queens GOP official Robert Hornak announced Ragusa's death in a statement issued Tuesday afternoon.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) just got a big thumbs up from across the aisle.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) announced he would back Goldfeder’s campaign for re-election and a source close to the Queens Republican Party says the GOP will seek a waiver to allow Goldfeder, a Democrat, to receive its ballot line, though he would continue to run primarily as and serve in the Assembly as a Democrat.
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.
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.
Since announcing his candidacy last month to oppose state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), John Liu has wasted no time in getting endorsements.
Liu, a former Flushing councilman and city comptroller, was selected by the Queens Democratic Party to oppose Avella in the fall primary because the incumbent angered party officials for joining the Independent Democratic Caucus with Senate Republicans to form a majority.
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.
Former Councilman Dan Halloran and state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) received legal setbacks in federal court this week as the government and defense completed jury selection in their federal corruption trial.
Judge Kenneth Karas denied Halloran’s motion to use an insanity defense tied to surgery the Whitestone Republican had in 2012 to remove a brain tumor.
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.