State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) has been finding endorsements hard to come by in his battle to hold his 14th District seat.
State Sen. Malcolm Smith said last Thursday he will name names of those plotting to ruin him and other African-American officials in Southeast Queens via the criminal justice system when his retrial on federal corruption charges begins in January.
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.
He has plenty of campaign funding, support from the Democratic Party and backing from many large unions, but does John Liu have what it takes to beat incumbent state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) for the 11th District seat?
Liu thinks so and in a recent interview at the Queens Chronicle office elaborated on why he should wrest the seat from Avella, who has held it since 2010. He cited party unity, his legislative and fiscal experience and his ability to work with others.
With only six weeks to go in what is likely to be the borough’s most competitive campaign this year, state Senate candidate John Liu outlined his proposals for education if voters in the 11th Senate District opt to send him to Albany.
The former Flushing councilman and city comptroller, who is running in the Democratic primary against state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) next month, focused on three different points regarding school policy at a press conference last Friday outside Bayside High School: Common Core, class sizes and mayoral control. But he also offered his opinion on proposals to reform the admission process to specialized city high schools.
Former Rep. Kathy Hochul causally stepped out of the Elite Cafe at 72-28 Main St. in Kew Gardens Hills into the drizzly Friday afternoon. As her shoes hit the sidewalk, she suddenly stopped, her wide eyes opened wider by something happening in front of her — a traffic enforcement officer standing in front of a minivan writing a ticket for an expired meter.
“Oh my goodness, whose car is that?” she asked in her thick Western New York accent.
Dan Halloran faces up to 55 years in federal prison after the former councilman’s jurors took less than 90 minutes to convict him on five corruption charges.
“With today’s verdict of guilty reached by an impartial and independent jury, the clean-up of corruption in New York continues in courtrooms,” said Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, in a statement issued by his office Tuesday at the conclusion of Halloran’s eight-week trial.
Former City Councilman Dan Halloran has been convicted on corruption charges by a federal jury, one day after jurors received the case.
“With today’s verdict of guilty reached by an impartial and independent jury, the clean-up of corruption in New York continues in courtrooms,” said Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, in a statement issued by his office.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Did you enjoy your long holiday weekend,
I hope that you did.
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
I read with much sadness the news of the passing of Queens Republican Party Chairman Phil Ragusa. I met him on many occasions during a number of political campaigns I was involved with, for former Mayor Bloomberg, former state Sen. Frank Padavan and for Bob Friedrich, president of our Glen Oaks Village Co-op Association, when he ran for City Council and state Assembly.
I found Phil Ragusa most personable, honest and a man of integrity. I also found him to be concerned for the community and its residents, with ideas to make things better for all concerned. He will be truly missed for he was the voice of all we hold most dear.
God bless you, Phil, for all that you stood for, and let me also offer my heartfelt prayers for your family, who are missing you at this sad time of mourning.
Phil Ragusa, Queens Republican Party chairman, died Tuesday from leukemia.
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.
While we understand the judge’s reasoning for granting a mistrial in the federal corruption case against state Sen. Malcolm Smith of Hollis and former Queens Republican Party official Vince Tabone, the move is a travesty for the people in the lawmaker’s district.
This trial should have been wrapped up before the September primaries, in which Smith faces a serious challenge from former Councilman and Deputy Borough President Leroy Comrie, as well as bids by two other hopefuls. The people should have known if their senator really did try to bribe his way onto last year’s mayoral ballot, as alleged.