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Councilman Leroy Comrie, second from left, was honored on Nov. 19 by the Queens County Young Democrats for outstanding public service and his support of the organization. Comrie, who has represented the St. Albans area on the City Council for 12 years, is being forced out of office by term limits.
Appearing with the councilman are, at left, Jamal Wilkerson, the group’s vice president of diversity and outreach; chapter President Nick Roloson; and Executive Vice President Hersh Parekh.
Queens elected officials gathered for a peaceful political event on Saturday at Queens College to raise funds for the groups Big Buddy and Women and Work.
The cast featured borough city, state and federal legislators, including the lone Republican, Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), former Borough President Clare Shulman, her successor Helen Marshall, Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz, and City Comptroller John Liu. The variety show featured singing, dancing, parodies of cinema, television and Broadway and costumes, including Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) in a rainbow wig. Tickets were $100 each.
This year’s elections and a lawsuit filed this week against the city together demonstrate the need for two reforms in the electoral process.
First off, voters are entitled to privacy when voting, but under the system being used now, they’re not getting it. Mayor Bloomberg himself said that a poll worker had seen his ballot.
Comptroller John Liu
Blaming the city for holding back roughly $3.5 million in matching funds for his mayoral run, Comptroller John Liu announced last Friday that he is suing for damages.
The former Flushing city councilman filed a notice of claim that seeks an unspecified amount of money from the city. The papers were filed in the Comptroller’s Office, which is the legal channel when suing the city. He will recuse himself from the case.
Following a contentious head-to-head battle in the 19th Council District, Democratic candidate Paul Vallone defeated his Republican opponent Dennis Saffran 57 to 43 percent in a bid to replace Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), who was indicted on corruption charges earlier this year and did not seek re-election.
With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Vallone’s vote count stood at 12,791; Saffran had 9,582 votes.
It took three years and over a billion dollars but the top-to-bottom renovations of Madison Square Garden have finally been completed. The Garden truly has the feel of a brand-new arena, not one that was built in 1968 and had some modifications made to it.
A lot has been written about the pair of pathways known as “The Chase Bridges” located near the Garden’s ceiling, which allow patrons to walk from the 31st Street side to the 33rd Street side and back without missing any of the action. They are an architectural wonder as they are virtually undetectable looking up from the courtside seats. You have to climb up a few stairs from the Garden’s ninth floor, known affectionately as the “blue seats” since back in the day, to get to these bridges. Amazingly, the bridges don’t block the vision of anyone sitting on the upper level.
Queens elected officials hit the field on Sunday in New York City’s first-ever Battle of the Boroughs Bowl at Monsignor McClancy High School in East Elmhurst.
The event brought together representatives from Queens and the Bronx for a friendly round of touch football.
Three years after the attraction was shuttered behind a fence with an uncertain and shaky future, the Forest Park Carousel is now a busy city landmark.
The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission gave its approval to the landmarking of the 110-year-old merry-go-round in June and the City Council later certified its status.
The Flushing campaign treasurer and a New Jersey fundraiser for Comptroller John Liu’s mayoral run were sentenced last Thursday to several months in prison.
Jenny Hou, 27, received a 10-month sentence, while fundraiser Oliver Pan, 47, of Mendham, NJ was given four months in prison.
The U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York is upping the ante in his fight against political corruption in the state, telling the governor’s Moreland Commission that his office will start going after the pensions of public officials who are convicted of crimes.
And an unscientific survey of elected officials from Queens elicited that legal changes and legal challenges will be forthcoming.
Children in Argentinian soccer uniforms kicked balls, samba dancers in gold bikinis managed to smile under the weight of their enormous feathered dresses and women in white ruffled blouses and brightly colored skirts twisted and turned, spinning like tops during Sunday’s 37th annual Hispanic Parade in Jackson Heights.
A phalanx of politicians from Queens including Comptroller John Liu and Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), as well as Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota marched in the parade, which began on 69th Street and ended on 84th.
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.
With Primary Day two weeks away, the Bay Terrace Community Alliance held a candidates forum Tuesday night at the Bay Terrace Jewish Center in Bayside, with nine mayoral hopefuls in attendance, in addition to the six candidates for City Council District 19, four for public advocate and one for comptroller.
The moderators, BTCA President Warren Schreiber and Vice President Phil Konigsberg, asked questions on a variety of topics.
The city’s at a crossroads. The next mayor will face serious challenges even before you consider the unexpected. The choice of whom we elect will largely determine whether the gains of the last couple decades are maintained or we reverse course. You’ve heard it all before. But that’s because it’s true.
These are uncertain times. When will Wall Street’s recovery finally make its way to Main Street? How will roughly 150 new city union contracts be hammered out without either bankrupting the taxpayer or shortchanging the worker? Will violent crime begin to rise again? Will the next terrorist plot be successful? How can the schools be improved without leaving so many children behind?
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.
Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer would be capping an improbable political comeback should he prevail against Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer in the Democratic primary for comptroller on Sept. 10.
The two-term state attorney general was forced to resign as New York’s governor in 2008 after only 13 months amid scandals involving prostitution and using the state police to gather information on political enemies.
Public Advocate and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio stood in front of Haveli, an Indian cuisine restaurant located at 116-33 Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills, on Friday to lay out his proposed changes to the city’s approach to small immigrant businesses.
“The bottom line is, we have a lot tobe proud of as New Yorkers but we need to make sure our economy works for everyone,” said de Blasio, who toured small businesses throughout the city last week. “We need to make sure that there is opportunity for everyone.”
On Monday a federal U.S. District Court judge ruled that stop and frisk, the controversial practice that allows police officers to stop and search any individual they deem suspicious, unconstitutional as it stands.
“… the City is liable for the violation of plaintiffs’ Fourth and 14th Amendment rights,” Judge Shira Scheindlin, who presided over the cases challenging the practice, wrote. “The idea of universal suspicion without individual evidence is what Americans find abhorrent and what black men in America must constantly fight. It is pervasive in policing policies — like stop and frisk, and … neighborhood watch — regardless of the collateral damage done to the majority of innocents. It’s like burning a house down to rid it of mice.”
And the reports show that citywide races are still up for grabs among major candidates.
The following figures do not include those who have suspended their campaigns, or have reported little or no campaign fundraising or spending.
The candidates to replace Bloomberg responded quickly to the test scores on Wednesday, with City Comptroller John Liu, a Democratic candidate, releasing a statement Tuesday, even before the results were made public. In a statement, Liu accused the Bloomberg administration of “cooking the books” on test scores for the last 12 years and creating a culture in which students graduate having learned little.
“Pointing to rising high-school graduation rates, the mayor claimed that high-stakes testing was leading to greater student achievement and teacher accountability,” he said. “He excoriated teachers and others who pointed out the flaws in his analysis. In fact, the regime of teaching to the tests pushed kids out the schoolhouse door, even if their diplomas were worthless and their skills did not permit them to succeed in college or jobs.”
We were disappointed, but not surprised, to see that U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin determined that the Police Department’s aggressive use of stop and frisk is unconstitutional. Scheindlin clearly had determined that before hearing the first word of testimony in the case that resulted in her anti-police, anti-city, anti-peace ruling on Monday.
Scheindlin found that the NYPD’s use of stop and frisk to search people deemed suspicious, primarily in an effort to get guns off the street, violates the rights of citizens in two ways. First, it violates the Fourth Amendment prohibition against unreasonable search and seizure. Second, it violates the 14th Amendment dictum of equal protection under the law by targeting black and Latino citizens far more often than whites.
The Police Department's use of stop and frisk is an unconstitutional violation of the rights of minorities, a U.S. District Court judge ruled Monday.
The police are indirectly racially profiling by stopping minorities at a much higher rate than whites, Judge Shira Scheindlin said, according to multiple published reports.
The candidates to replace Bloomberg responded quickly to the test scores on Wednesday
John Liu, the city comptroller and candidate for mayor, said that because the polls do not take the Asian-American population, the numbers are off. Liu believes he will rake in 90 percent of the Asian vote which makes up 13 percent of voters.