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Adding to the surprise was the announcement that the Working Families Party had withdrawn its backing of former city Comptroller John Liu, who is challenging Avella, and former state Attorney General Oliver Koppell, who is primarying Klein, and will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
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The statue may be in Brooklyn, but it clearly still has some fans in Queens.
Eighteen months after it was moved from the perch outside Borough Hall it sat on since the LaGuardia administration, “Triumph of Civic Virtue” resurfaced as an issue at Tuesday night’s Community Board 9 meeting.
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Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) on Wednesday accused state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman of malicious prosecution, and said the AG’s office has placed him and others in danger by leaking false information that the councilmember wore a wire to aid investigations of other elected officials.
Wills, speaking at Maranatha Baptist Church in Queens Village with his lawyers, referred to a May 11 article in the New York Post, in which the paper quoted “very high sources” saying that Wills had worn a wire.
The Queens Democratic Party backed former City Comptroller John Liu as their candidate in the 11th state Senate District, pitting the former councilman and mayoral candidate against a former colleague, incumbent state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who angered his party when he joined the Independent Democratic Caucus — a group of breakaway Democrats who caucus with Republicans in the state’s upper legislative body.
Liu received the endorsement at the county organization’s meeting in Forest Hills on Monday morning.
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The Queens Democratic Party has endorsed former City Comptroller John Liu as its candidate in the 11th state Senate district, pitting the former Flushing councilman and mayoral candidate against a former colleague, incumbent state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who angered Democrats when he joined the Independent Democratic Caucus — a group of breakaway Democrats who caucus with Republicans in the state’s upper legislative body.
The phrase “hurry up and wait” has been prominent in the week since Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) was arrested amid allegations that he stole state grant money and campaign funds.
A spokeswoman for New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Wills’ next scheduled court date is June 6, but that it is unlikely to deal with anything other than procedural matters.
With one Queens politician being arrested last week and two more set to go on trial in federal court in June, one also is set to be freed from federal custody this month.
The New York Post reported this week that former state Sen. Shirley Huntley will be released from a halfway house at the end of May, 10 months into a 366-day prison sentence for corruption.
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.
(NewsUSA) - The discrimination and stigma surrounding mental health challenges along with a troubling history of medically sanctioned treatments are no secret. Today, for someone with a psychiatric diagnosis -- such as schizophrenia, depression, bipolar or ADHD -- the standard treatment is psychotropic medications that are always doctor-ordered and sometimes court-mandated.
Ruth Goldberg is about to turn 99. For the past seven years she has been living at Atria Kew Gardens, an assisted living facility in a historic residential neighborhood near Forest Park.
According to her daughter, Judith Mermelstein of Hillcrest, the facility was chosen, over a period of several months, “by process of elimination. There were four I had considered. One was very chilly. Another was a former hospital and I realized that the dining room had been the morgue. The third has a lot of Chinese and Russian residents and my mother doesn’t speak Chinese or Russian.”
Former city Comptroller John Liu of Flushing made it official Wednesday by announcing that he has filed a lawsuit against the city and the Campaign Finance Board for withholding $3.8 million in matching funds during his mayoral campaign.
He alleges that the CFB delivered a “death sentence” to his campaign by not granting the funds, based on what the board called “serious and pervasive” potential violations by Liu’s campaign in its fundraising efforts.
You are cordially invited to more than nine hours of golf in the outdoors, in the company of and in honor of state Sen. Malcolm Smith.
After a month of having his salary, spending and contract scrutinized, Queens Library CEO Thomas Galante was called before the City Council with fellow heads of the Brooklyn Public Library, Linda Johnson, and New York Public Library, Anthony Marx, for the Committee on Cultural Affairs’ annual budget hearing.
This year, the library budgets will remain the same, but all three want an extra $65 million added onto their $171 million annual budget.
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The room was packed with concerned seniors and a who’s who of elected officials last Friday at the 31st annual Queens Interagency Council on Aging Legislative Forum held at Queens Borough Hall.
Representing QICA, a nonprofit borough-wide membership organization that speaks with one voice on behalf of seniors and the agencies that serve them, Barry Klitsberg, co-chairman of the Legislative Forum Committee, read the group’s position paper to the more than 100 in attendance.
(BPT) - Long term financial planning can be daunting for many Americans, however, Prudential’s 2014 Hispanic American Finance Experience survey indicates that the Hispanic community may face distinct challenges. According to a recent survey on how Hispanic Americans manage their finances, the Hispanic American community places a high priority on short-term goals like supporting family and paying down debt which can come at the expense of building savings and investing for retirement. Although laudable, these cultural characteristics may also be a double-edged sword that competes with the Hispanic American community’s ability to save and invest toward retirement.
Just call him “Professor Liu.”
Former city Comptroller John Liu announced Wednesday that he is taking a part-time position with Baruch College teaching public policy and municipal finance in the Master of Public Administration program.
Driving along in Astoria, it’s easy to miss Triborough Bridge Playground-A — named for the bridge it sits under.
It’s barren. Cracked cement and crumbling handball courts make what could be a popular hangout spot into an eyesore.
Comptroller John Liu may be stepping down at the end of the year, but he’s leaving office with some parting shots at the Bloomberg administration and still has some unfinished business with the City of New York.
Speaking last week with the Queens Chronicle editorial board for the last time as comptroller, Liu, a Flushing resident, blasted the administration for what he and many critics call a bait and switch in the Willets Point redevelopment.
It seems as if you can’t be a key player for the St. John’s Red Storm unless head coach Steve Lavin has suspended you for at least one game for mysteriously violating team rules. Last year guard D’Angelo Harrison missed the last few games of the regular season, along with St. John’s futile appearance in the postseason NIT. Earlier this season center Chris Obepka was suspended for a pair of exhibition games for unsaid infractions.
This past Friday night it was hyped rookie guard Rysheed Jordan’s turn to sit out a game for unspecified bad deeds. Jordan, a big-time Philadelphia high school star, was supposed to be the best recruit to come to St. John’s since Lavin became head coach four years ago. Lavin and the St. John’s Sports Information Department decided before this season started that the media would not be able to interview him until January 2014 at the earliest. Obviously putting Rysheed in a cocoon has not been the foolproof plan that the St. John’s coaching staff thought it would be. At press time, Lavin did not indicate when Jordan would be reinstated.