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The Knockdown Center’s application for a place of assembly permit for 5,000 persons has been turned down by the Buildings Department, Community Board 5 District Manager Gary Giordano told the board during its Nov. 13 meeting.
“I sat down with them early on,” Giordano said. “I was really taken aback when [the Knockdown Center’s operators] said to me that they were looking for a permit to have that many people assemble there.”
Forty-seven million Americans, including approximately one million in Queens, are now seeing a reduction in food stamp benefits, after a temporary boost implemented by the 2009 stimulus package expired.
Half of those in Queens who depend on the program are children, according to the social service organization The River Fund, which is based in Richmond Hill.
A key player in the alleged bribery scheme that has ensnared state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) and Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) pleaded guilty for his role in the alleged conspiracy on Tuesday.
Former Bronx Republican Chairman Joseph Savino pleaded guilty to bribery, conspiracy and wire fraud, in federal court in White Plains according to court records obtained by the Chronicle.
It was in 2008 that Hiram Monserrate won the Senate seat for the 13th District in Western Queens unopposed. It was also the year that led to his downfall.
On Dec. 19, Monserrate’s then-girlfriend, Karla Giraldo, showed up at North Shore-LIJ Medical Center needing 40 stitches for cuts to her left eye. According to doctors, she claimed that Monserrate had slashed her face in anger, leading to his arrest. He pleaded not guilty to three counts of second-degree assault and three counts of third-degree assault.
Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz thanks a room packed with supporters at Democratic Party headquarters in Forest Hills on Tuesday night following her big win over Republican Tony Arcabascio.
A shameful political event took place on Sunday, Oct. 13 in front of a Washington, DC memorial. Veterans were prevented from entering the memorial, it having been fenced off due to the government shutdown or more precisely, the GOP Government Shutdown.
And who would ironically, one might say dishonestly, show up to “commiserate” with the disheartened veterans? None other than the very ones primarily responsible for initiating the unnecessary and destructive action which they championed and cheered when they succeeded.
They were Ted Cruz, his echo Mike Lee and the ever-ready opportunist, half-governor Sarah Palin. They soulfully decried with repeated speeches the horrible injustice at hand, much to the cheers of the vets, while of course blaming it on President Obama. There was also the Freedom Watch’s Larry Klayman doing Trump’s ever-popular “Obama the Muslim” shtick, and all with the Confederate flag as well as the infamous Gadsden “Don’t Tread on Me” flag held proudly aloft.
I cringed hearing my fellow veterans being duped by these outright liars, who were taking advantage of their grief and making fools of them merely to further their very own political ambitions. Perhaps there are still enough of the old-guard Republicans left to be Tea-ed off at this cyst festering in their party and lance it once and for all before it infects the entire party. There is the old adage of the elephant being terrified by a mouse. Let us hope that it is merely an anecdote and that the true symbolic Republican figurehead displays greater courage.
Tuesday’s elections turned out just as the pollsters and political junkies said they would.
Following a tough primary battle, Democrat Bill de Blasio strolled into the mayoralty of New York City, taking 73.4 percent of the general election vote compared to 24.3 percent for Republican rival Joe Lhota, according to preliminary Board of Elections figures.
For the first time since 1974, a member of the Vallone family will not hold the District 22 seat as Councilman-Elect Costa Constantinides won handily against his opponents last night.
“The voters have spoken,” he said. “I feel very humbled about the weight of what this means and the faith the people of this district have put in me.”
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.
Area Democratic incumbents won their City Council races Tuesday in Districts 20 and 23.
Councilman Peter Koo of Flushing had no Republican opposition but faced three third-party candidates. Koo took 79.6 percent of the vote, outdistancing himself from the others who ran: Independent Jobs and Education candidate Martha Flores-Vazquez, who took 10.5 percent; Reform candidate Sunny Hahn, who took 6.5 percent; and Green Party candidate Evergreen Chou with 3.4 percent.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) defeated her Republican opponent Craig Caruana on Election Night to win a second term as the 30th District’s City Council representative.
Speaking to dozens of family members and supporters inside the Woodhaven House bar and restaurant at 63-98 Woodhaven Blvd. in Rego Park on Tuesday, Crowley praised those who aided in her re-election campaign and those who voted for her.
Democratic candidates for City Council seats in Southeast Queens all annihilated their competition on Tuesday night.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) appeared to prevail over his Democratic rival, District Leader Lew Simon 53 percent to 47 percent in the 32nd Council District — a margin of about 1,100 votes — in what ended up being the closest race in the entire city
Tuesday's elections turned out just as the pollsters and political junkies said they would.
Democrat Bill de Blasio strolled into the mayoralty of New York City, taking 73.3 percent of the vote compared to 24.3 percent for Republican rival Joe Lhota, according to preliminary Board of Elections figures reported by NY 1.
All these former Republican officials: Gov. Pataki, former Mayor Giuliani, former City Council members Mike Abel, Anthony Stabile, Tom Ognibene, Anthony Como and Dennis Gallagher, state Assemblyman Doug Prescott, state Sens. Frank Padavan and Serf Maltese and Congressman Bob Turner; along with current Councilman Eric Ulrich and Queens GOP Chairman Phil Ragusa have all collectively failed to assist Aurelio “Tony” Arcabascio in raising sufficient funding to run a competitive race against Democrat Melinda Katz (“I’m the ‘real Queens” candidate, Arc says,” by Peter C. Mastrosimone, Oct. 24).
As of April 1, 2013 there were more than 1,076,000 active voters in Queens, including 703,202 Democrats; 128,335 Republicans; 206,770 “blanks” (with no declared party affiliation); 27,556 Independents; 5,862 Conservatives; 3,280 Working Families and 1,235 others.
Arcabascio needed to raise a million dollars months ago to pay for direct mail, telephone banks and newspaper, radio and television advertising to overcome these overwhelming odds if he was to be taken seriously. This was necessary to level the playing field against Katz.
No wonder the last Republican Queens borough president was James A. Lundy, who served from 1952 to 1957. Ditto for Nat Hentel, who served as the last GOP district attorney in 1970.
By comparison, the odds of winning any million-dollar lottery are greater!
Can we please get past the partisan politics surrounding the Affordable Care Act, more commonly referred to as Obamacare? This law — passed by Congress, signed by the president, upheld by the Supreme Court — will provide health insurance for more than 30 million people.
The news media reports the current House of Representatives hearings on the Affordable Care Act website as if they were a newsworthy event with some deep historical meaning rather than another mean-spirited attempt by the fanatic fringe of the Republican Party in Congress to sabotage this new law.
Governments across the world cannot understand why Republican elements of the United States Congress would risk a possible worldwide economic collapse because they disagree with a particular law that they helped pass.
This hyperventilating group worked to shut down the government for two weeks and brought the country to the brink of economic catastrophe because of their hatred for the Affordable Care Act and any initiative put forth by President Barack Obama. If they worked this hard on jobs and the economy, just think of where the country could be.
Democratic incumbents for City Council Districts 20 and 23 have only minor party opposition in Tuesday’s elections.
Councilman Peter Koo of Flushing has no Republican opponent in the District 20 race, but will face three third-party candidates. They are Sunny Hahn on the Reform ticket, Martha Flores-Vazquez on the Independent Jobs and Education ballot, and Evergreen Chou, representing the Green Party.
To say this isn’t Lew Simon’s first time at the rodeo is an understatement.
The Rockaway civic leader has made multiple attempts at elected office, including twice before for the City Council seat he’s currently seeking, and he’s been elected and re-elected as Democratic leader in the Assembly district that includes most of the Rockaway Peninsula, Howard Beach, Broad Channel, and Ozone Park for the last couple of decades.
With Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) finishing up his term, Danielle De Stefano, running on the Independence line and one of several candidates for District 22, said she’s the right person to take over.
“I have lived here my whole life and I know what works and what doesn’t,” she said in an email. “As a volunteer in this community for over 20 years I have a strong connection with the people who live here. I have worked with many of them. My family is rooted in this neighborhood. I have a vested interest in it because I live here, my parents live here, my in-laws live here and I am raising my three children here.”
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In Western Queens, Council incumbents Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), Daniel Dromm (D- Jackson Heights) and Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) are running unopposed so all three are expected back in the Council chambers come January.
At the request of the evening’s moderator, the candidates who addressed the crowd of about 150 in Whitestone’s Holy Trinity School on Oct. 23 kept their comments as positive as their occasionally bristling emotions would allow, opting instead to attack indirectly and frequently without naming names.
With each candidate allowed approximately 20 minutes, Democrat Paul Vallone, first up of the two men seeking to replace lame-duck Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) for the 19th City Council seat, spoke briefly before engaging in a give-and-take with the audience.
Craig Caruana didn’t bring up Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) during his recent candidate interview with the Queens Chronicle, but consciously or not, he’s trying to take a page from his fellow Republican’s playbook.
Make your first run for office while younger than just about everyone on the Council, emphasize that you could serve the district better than your opponent, stake out moderate positions and highlight your deep roots in the community, one of the more conservative ones in Queens. Ulrich did it with great success.
In a reversal, Queens Public Television eventually did air the debate it filmed Oct. 10 between major party candidates Melinda Katz and Tony Arcabascio.
QPTV changed its mind after Arcabascio, a Republican, blasted the station for deciding not to air the debate, charging that it did so under political pressure because he came across better than Katz, a Democrat.
When voters go to the polls on Tuesday, those who aren’t political junkies may be surprised at some of the names on the ballot and propositions they’ll be making decisions on. Think the mayor’s race is between Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota? Sure it is, along with 13 other people. Ready to make a choice on a parcel of land in the Adirondack Mountains? You’ll be asked to. Here’s a comprehensive guide to what Queens voters will see on the ballot, according to the city Campaign Finance Board.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) isn’t satisfied with the success she’s enjoyed during her first term. She’s running for a second term because, quite simply, her heart is in her district.
“I look at my past five years since I was elected the first time and anytime I ran for office, I expressed a vision,” Crowley said. “My heart is here in Middle Village, Glendale and Maspeth. I want to stay here.”