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The responsibilities of a borough president have recently become the subject of debate. While some have said these borough-heads who cannot make any decisions on legislation are irrelevant, Queens borough president candidate Barry Grodenchik says the position is about more than rules and regulations.
“The job is about bringing people together,” Grodenchik said in a sit-down with the Queens Chronicle editors last Thursday. “We live in the most diverse place in the country and probably the world, and while it’s easy to scream and rant, the tougher job is to work with the people.”
Elected officials and activists gathered on Sunday at the entrance to Willow Lake to honor late greenspace champion and Flushing Meadows Corona Park Conservancy founder Pat Dolan, renaming the trail leading through the wetland in the her honor.
Dolan was the president and creator of the conservancy that bears the park’s name, and a tireless champion of the lake and its many inhabitants.
The Department of Transportation DOT is cutting the number of car lanes and installing a bike lane on Jewel Avenue and 69th Road between the Grand Central Parkway and Van Wyck Expressway.
The DOT proposed those changes and others to increase pedestrian safety and ease the flow of traffic in the area. The bike lane at this point is just a buffer between cars and the sidewalk, and is expected to become an official bike lane in the spring.
The announcement over the weekend that Jeff Gottlieb, who is Jewish, has entered the Democratic primary race for the 6th Congressional District had drawn outrage from the other Jewish candidate, Assemblyman Rory Lancman, over tactics by the county Democratic Party and another of his opponents.
Lancman discussed what he called the “complete sham candidacy” of Gottlieb on Monday, adding: “It’s an outrageous and cynical tactic. And I think it will backfire badly.”
It was a year of protests, rallies and demonstrations in northern Queens as residents took to the street over issues ranging from possible senior center closures, skyrocketing property taxes, planned postal service cuts and the threat to eliminate a fire company.
New 27th District Assemblyman-elect Michael Simanowitz said Wednesday he was “gratified and humbled” by the strong voter support for his candidacy. He beat his Republican opponent, Marco DeSena, 76 to 24 percent, according to unofficial results from the Board of Elections.
The preliminary tally was 6,446 votes for Simanowitz and 2,023 for DeSena, 30, a communications consultant from College Point. It was the first political race for both.
Candidates running for the 9th Congressional District have been crisscrossing the district, touting endorsements and making last-minute attempts to woo voters poised to cast their ballots in the Sept. 13 special election.
Democratic Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) and Republican Bob Turner, a retired television executive from the Rockaways, are vying to represent the seat once held by former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner.
The United Federation of Teachers today threw its support behind the three Queens Democratic candidates running in the Sept. 13 special election — Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck), Michael Simanowitz and Phil Goldfeder.
Republican challenger Marco DeSena says the deck may be stacked against him, but he wants to give voters a choice in the 27th AD special election on Sept. 13.
DeSena, 30, of College Point, will be facing Michael Simanowitz, 39, who worked for 14 years for Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn. The assemblywoman retired in April from the 27th District after serving in Albany for 28 years.
Hitting the concrete in a suit and tie in temperatures that hovered around oppressive, Justin Wax Jacobs, a 22-year-old Briarwood resident with a penchant for politics, quickly learned to wipe his brow and try in vain to forget about the midsummer heat as he spent 12-hour days collecting signatures to run in the upcoming Sept. 13 special election.
For six days in July, Jacobs, who graduated this year from SUNY Albany with a triple major in political science, East Asian studies and history, canvassed his neighborhood with his family and friends to collect the 1,500 signatures he needed to run on the Independence party line in the special election for the 27th Assembly District, which covers parts of Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill, Rego Park and other areas of eastern Queens.
A rising sense of urgency over public safety among residents at the Pomonok Houses, the result of a recent spate of crime in and around the Flushing development, led to a town hall meeting on July 20, attended by nearly 100, including lawmakers and officials of the city Housing Authority and the NYPD.
In a highly publicized incident at the start of the Fourth of July weekend, a 39-year-old nursing assistant was shot to death and her teenage son wounded as they sat in a car parked outside the housing complex.
The Democratic and Republican candidates for the 23rd and 27th State Assembly districts are gearing up for some heated election campaigns.
On Monday, Democrats Phillip Goldfeder and Michael Simanowitz stood outside Queens Borough Hall in Kew Gardens to officially announce the beginning of their campaigns.
Rep. Joe Crowley, center, raises hands with Phillip Goldfeder, center left, and Michael Simanowitz, center right, outside Queens Borough Hall on Monday to support their candidacies for the Assembly. Other elected officials there for the two include Council members Karen Koslowitz, Mark Weprin, James Sanders Jr. and Jim Gennaro. Former Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn, right, also gave her endorsement.
Let the races begin.
Following Gov. Cuomo’s announcement last week that the special elections for one Queens Congressional seat and two Assembly spots will be held on Sept. 13, or Primary Day, the Queens Democratic and Republican parties jumped to narrow the field of candidates.
Gov. Cuomo announced the special elections for the seats previously held by former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner and Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer will be Sept. 13. Former Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn’s chief of staff will run for her old seat.
Gov. Cuomo on Friday set the special elections for one Queens Congressional and two state Assembly seats for Sept. 13, which is primary day.
Richmond Hill Block Association members said at their meeting last week that they are launching an all out war against Mayor Bloomberg in an effort to keep Engine 294 in Richmond Hill open.
The company, located at 101-20 Jamaica Ave., is one of 20 slated to be closed because of budget cuts, according to a list recently released by the city.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, left, and Michael Simanowitz, chief of staff to former Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn, slammed Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal to shutter Engine 294 in Richmond Hill. Residents are planning a protest on June 5 against the closure.
Assembly candidate Michael Simanowitz wants more technology in the classroom and less graffiti on the streets.
And while he will champion what his boss, Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn, accomplished in Albany, especially health legislation, he will be his own man. In a sitdown interview at the Queens Chronicle office on Monday, Simanowitz, the frontrunner for the seat, discussed why he is running for the 27th AD, following Mayersohn’s announcement last week that she is retiring after serving for 28 years.
Elder Queens stateswoman Nettie Mayersohn, who will turn 87 soon, announced on Wednesday her retirement from the Assembly after a 28-year run.
Mayersohn, who represents the 27th Assembly District, will step down at the end of March. Her area includes parts of Flushing, College Point, Kew Gardens Hills and Richmond Hill.
Threatening a lawsuit against the city, area co-op and condominium owners, with the support of elected officials, are playing hard- ball on what they call inflated assessment rates that in some cases are topping 100 percent more than last year.
The Margaret Tietz Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center at 164-11 Chapin Parkway in Jamaica held its annual breakfast last Thursday for Queens’ elected officials Taking a celebratory toast are David Friedman, left, acting assistant administrator; Assemblymen Ed Braunstein, Rory Lancman and David Weprin; state Sen. Tony Avella; Michael Fassler, president/CEO of Beth Abraham Family of Health Services; Assemblywomen Grace Meng and Nettie Mayersohn; and Linda Spiegel, director of public affairs at Tietz.
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Queens Democrats were practically gleeful on Sunday during the inauguration of one of their own as state senator for the 11th District.