Leroy Comrie struck a tone of gratitude and graciousness Tuesday night as he defeated beleaguered seven-term state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) in the 14th District Democratic primary.
“The people made a difficult choice; but they chose decisively,” Comrie said before throngs of supporters at the Guy R. Brewer Democratic Club. “The people of the 14th District said they wanted a representative they can be proud of, a representative who will get results from Albany.”
Leroy Comrie struck a tone of gratitude and graciousness Tuesday night as he defeated seven-term state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) in the 14th District Democratic primary.
Former Councilman Leroy Comrie on Tuesday locked up about the only political endorsement he did not yet have.
And it was the big one.
Mayor de Blasio kicked off the Queens Jewish Community Council Testimonial Dinner on Monday by thanking the organization for its work of feeding the poor and hungry in the borough, voicing strong support for the state of Israel and fighting the stain of anti-Semitism and hate crimes.
“For members of the Jewish community, this is an incredibly important institution that provides so much assistance, but for so many members of the larger Queens community who happen to not be Jewish, it’s a place they turn to equally for help and an open door,” de Blasio said at the Jamaica Estates event.
Following the July 17 death of Staten Island resident Eric Garner while he was resisting arrest for allegedly selling single cigarettes, an already-existing campaign to dissuade police from enforcing the law on some minor crimes and violations picked up steam. Enforcement of such laws, what is known as the broken windows theory approach to policing, is one target of the protest led by the Rev. Al Sharpton that is set to take place on Staten Island Saturday.
According to activists such as Sharpton, as well as some elected officials including three members of Congress who represent parts of Queens, broken windows policing has an unfair impact on minority communities, such as the one where Garner, who was black, died.
Assemblyman David Weprin, left, and Congressman Gregory Meeks, right, were among the score of Democratic political luminaries who came out in force on Tuesday to show their support for Leroy Comrie in his race in the 14th State Senate District.
Tuesday’s press conference on a St. Albans Street corner was intended to cement support at all levels of government for Leroy Comrie.
But the longest shadow at the Farmers Boulevard meeting may have been cast by a man who was not there, and whose name was not mentioned by speakers until they were confronted with it.
Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau) is set to join the parade of local officials endorsing former Councilman Leroy Comrie in his bid to unseat state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis).
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.
U.S. Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau) sailed easily through Tuesday’s primary for the Democratic nomination for the 5th District in November’s general election.
Unofficial results provided by the New York State Board of Elections gave Meeks 80.1 percent of the vote.
Fifth District challenger Joseph Marthone, left, and Congressman Gregory Meeks.
I’ve recently returned from Washington, DC, where I met with Rep. Grace Meng and staff members in the offices of Rep. Gregory Meeks, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Sen. Chuck Schumer about issues that may seem far from home, but are near and dear to core American values.
One of them is the vital importance of supporting United Nations peacekeeping operations, particularly in nations like the Central African Republic — a country teetering on the brink of genocide. UN peacekeepers are desperately needed there — and in other volatile and terror-plagued nations around the globe — to restore law and order and save countless lives.
Fortunately, the UN Security Council, with support from the United States, has approved a robust peacekeeping mission in CAR. But currently, the U.S. is in the red on its UN peacekeeping dues, and this year’s federal budget underfunds UN peacekeeping by $350 million. During our meeting, I urged Ms. Meng and, through their staff, the other legislators to address this growing concern and provide full support for peacekeeping funding.
I am not alone in this conviction — a recent bipartisan poll found that two-thirds of Americans support full and timely payment of UN dues, including for peacekeeping operations. That includes Americans like me and hundreds of others who traveled to Washington for the annual meeting of the United Nations Association of the USA, an organization dedicated to informing, inspiring, and mobilizing the American people to support the ideals and work of the UN.
As our representatives consider the fiscal year 2015 spending bill, we must fully fund all peacekeeping needs, including this newest mission in CAR.
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.
Councilman Ruben Wills in a recent conversation with Congressman Gregory Meeks outside of City Hall.
City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) was arrested Wednesday morning in connection with a 12-count indictment charging him with stealing state and campaign funds and laying a false paper trail in an attempt to cover up the alleged thefts.
Wills has been charged with third-degree grand larceny, first-degree scheme to defraud, first-degree falsifying business records, and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing.
Councilman Ruben Wills, right, speaking with Rep. Gregory Meeks outside of City Hall after a press conference the two participated in April 25.
Reps. Hakeem Jeffries, center, Jose Serrano, left, and Gregory Meeks outside City Hall last Friday, insisting that all funds meant to aid Hurricane Sandy victims do so.
Furious that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development could divert some of the approximately $3.5 billion in aid expected to assist the victims of Hurricane Sandy in rebuilding — and area municipalities in preparing for future disasters — two congressmen representing Queens and a third from the Bronx said last Friday that the agency has agreed to meet with them to discuss the dispute.
Reps. Gregory Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau), Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn, Queens) and Jose Serrano (D-Bronx) made the announcement during a press conference held in front of the steps to City Hall. It followed a letter that they, and 10 other members of New York’s congressional delegation, sent to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan April 22, after media reports led by the Wall Street Journal said the agency was considering diverting some of the funding to other areas of the country hit by natural disasters.
Carla Harris, a managing director at Morgan Stanley, was the guest speaker on Tuesday at York College’s Executive Leadership Breakfast.
Harris, who also has been appointed to chair President Obama’s National Women’s Business Council, spoke before a group that included students, faculty, community leaders and elected officials, including Congressman Gregory Meeks.
Charter school parents Priscilla Rivas, left, and Shamona Kirkland join the Rev. Calvin Rice and U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks at a rally calling for fairness toward charter schools when it comes to space and funding.
Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau) joined charter school parents and advocates in Jamaica on Tuesday in what he said is an effort to dispel some rumors surrounding the charter movement.
“We want to make sure that all kids are educated, and that all are treated equally,” Meeks said on the steps of the New Jerusalem Baptist Church on Smith Street.
The Greater Jamaica Development Corp. last week announced completion of a deal that will bring a 400-unit residential and commercial building to the intersection of Sutphin Boulevard and Archer Avenue.
Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) was on hand when the GJDC announced its contract with BRP Companies, a Manhattan-based development, contracting and property management firm that specializes in affordable, mixed-income and market-rate housing and commercial development.
Roslin Spigner, center, helped kick off an NAACP initiative to sign up residents of Southeast Queens for New York State of Health, the state clearinghouse for insurance coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act. Also on hand were state Sen. Malcolm Smith, second from left, Congressman Gregory Meeks, NAACP Jamaica Branch President Leroy Gadsden, behind Spigner, Assemblyman Bill Scarborough and Carolyn Phillips of the NAACP.
A new bill introduced by Congressman Steve Israel (D-Suffolk, Nassau, Queens) on March 4 would allow those caring for elderly relatives who do not live with them to receive a tax credit of up to $1,200 for qualified elder-care expenses.
Many of those caregivers — who, according to Israel, spend on average $5,530 out-of-pocket each year on expenses for their aging relatives — cannot claim their parents as dependents because they live elsewhere.
Obamacare is the term used by both the president’s supporters and critics when discussing his signature legislative initiative, the federal Affordable Care Act.
And with the March 31 deadline for those without health insurance to apply without paying a penalty, the Jamaica Branch of the NAACP is pulling out all stops in its effort to get residents of Southeast Queens to sign up.