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A public watchdog group is raising questions about how embattled state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) is spending his campaign money.
The New York Public Interest Research Group, citing documents filed by members of the state Legislature, said Smith charged more than $100,000 to his campaign fund to offset the cost of leased cars, bridge tolls and related expenses.
I’m not a fan of organized religion but this new pope is “The Man”! How will Republicans respond to him basically calling them scum? Francis attacked the “idolatry of money” and beseeched politicians (Republicans) to guarantee all citizens “dignified work, education and healthcare.”
He asked, “How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses 2 points?”
He added, “As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world’s problems or, for that matter, to any problems.”
And finally: “I beg the Lord to grant us more politicians [Democrats] who are genuinely disturbed by the state of society, the people, the lives of the poor.”
I’m waiting for the GOP response. “Palin and Cruz call for impeachment of socialist pope!” “Demand recount of Papal Conclave!” “Obama to blame!”
Here is why Republicans are the biggest hypocrites in the world, Rush Limbaugh supported drug treatment as opposed to incarceration only after he got arrested for possession of pain killers. Nancy Reagan only supported stem-cell research after Ronald Reagan got Alzheimer’s. Dick Cheney started supporting gay rights only after his daughter came out as gay. Megan Kelly of Fox News was against paid maternity leave, that is until she had a baby. Then her views miraculously changed. Once it happens to them their opinions change. Perhaps they wouldn’t vote against food stamps if a member of their family was poor.
Finally, the Democrats smacked the GOP in the face. Changing the rules and allowing presidential nominees to be approved by a simple majority (the way it should be). The GOP can cry all they want, but the fact is that in all of American history there were 12 filibusters until 1992, when Clinton became president. Clinton took over and in his term alone there were 12. Obama is in the beginning of his second term and it’s already 82! When Lyndon Johnson was the majority leader of the Senate he had to deal with three GOP filibusters. Harry Reid has dealt with 4 ... hundred!
Could it be only because Obama’s a Democrat? Or does his “tan” have something to do with it? Mitch McConnell threatened future retaliations of obstruction, or as the GOP calls it-business as usual.
“I know they call us ‘Hollywood East’ but soon they’ll be calling Hollywood ‘New York City West’,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) joked in Kaufman Studio’s Stage K on Tuesday.
The senator, joined by founder George Kaufman, Kaufman Astoria Studios President Hal Rosebluth and city and state representatives, cut the ribbon on Kaufman Studios’ new outdoor lot — the first backlot ever in New York City.
The following remarks are in reference to David Rivkin’s Nov. 14 letter “The ignorant Left.” We Democrats may be ignorant on some issues, however, the stupid GOP right is always on the wrong side of history. Just compare our domestic legislation to their “just say no” legislation.
David you wrote, “Readers should also realize that filibuster of Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was in keeping with all filibuster speeches ever recorded in the senate ...” Our Senate is the only legislative body in the world that allows filibustering as an obstructionist tactic to defeat legislation favored by a majority.
Here is a tragic example why the Senate should end Senate 22 rule. President Wilson asked Congress on Feb. 26, 1917 for authority to arm merchant vessels in the hope of deterring German subs from attacking. The House passed the bill 403-14, and 75 senators signed a statement that they would vote for it if given the opportunity. In the Senate, a “little group of willful men” (as Wilson characterized seven Republicans and five Democrats) filibustered the bill until the end of the session. The tragic action prevented the measure from coming to a vote — thus killing the bill!
Twenty-first century America needs to end old parliamentary rules which cause the wheels of government to turn into a “horse and buggy” era.
And to the Chronicle, hooray for 35 years of service to Queens!
The ongoing Willets Point development plan is hard to pin down. It is a project with many moving parts that has been lauded as one of the best development deals made in the borough’s history, while at the same time denigrated as an attack on the lower class and outer-borough business owners.
But the colossal plan that has struggled to get its bearings for some time has gained stability over the past few months — after the City Council approved the revised version — and will take its first steps on Saturday when the first round of business relocations will be completed.
The City Council’s Public Safety Committee, chaired by Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria), held a hearing on the councilman’s proposed law that would require the Police Department to submit reports of crime in all parks and playgrounds that are greater than one acre in size to the Council.
As it stands, the NYPD only discloses crime data from the city’s 31 largest parks.
(NAPSI)—There is hopeful news for young people held in the adult criminal justice system. A number of states are beginning to recognize that youths have developmental differences from adults and in many cases still possess great potential for rehabilitation. In addition, many states are now taking these factors into account at sentencing.
Austin Shafran, who ran unsuccessfully for the District 19 City Council seat in September’s Democratic primary, has been named New York legislative director of the Working Families Party.
Shafran, 32, of Bayside, lost to Paul Vallone by only 193 votes in a five-person race. It was the first time he ran for office, although his career has centered around working for Democratic Party officials.
The City Council voted overwhelmingly to approve a school at the site of Keil Brothers Garden Center in Bayside Hills, despite the plan having being delayed and thought to be dead.
The Council approved the 416-seat school Thursday 36-2, with Council members Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) and Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) voting no. Vallone’s brother, Paul, is the councilman-elect for the district that includes portions of Bayside Hills.
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.
Queens residents who are tired of loud airplanes flying over their homes too frequently are actually happy about Gov. Cuomo’s veto of a bill that would have required the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to conduct a noise and land use compatibility study — if an identical measure passes in New Jersey — because he doesn’t want to wait.
Instead, he’s taking executive action.
The City Council voted overwhelmingly to approve a school at the site of the current Keil Brothers Garden Center in Bayside Hills, despite the plan having being delayed and thought to be dead.
Would that readers, particularly those of the Left, knew their civics and their history (“No-good Republicans II,” Letters, Nov. 7).
A citizen of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, as he was leaving the Constitutional Convention in 1787, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy? Franklin replied, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”
We live under a Constitutional Republic, just as Ed Konecnik wrote (“Save the Republic,” Letters, Oct. 24), not a democracy. The difference is explained in any unabridged dictionary.
Readers should also realize that the filibuster of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was in keeping with all filibuster speeches ever recorded in the Senate, nonsense phrases and all. You can look it up.
It continually amazes me that the only reply to reasoned argument is vituperation from the Left. Where is the kinder, gentler discourse proclaimed by our Chief Executive?
Former Bronx Republican Chairman Joseph Savino on Tuesday pleaded guilty in federal court for his role in an alleged bribery scheme that has resulted in criminal charges against state Senator Malcolm Smith and Councilman Dan Halloran. Smith is alleged to have offered payments to get on this year’s GOP mayoral ballot.
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.
Five area veterans were honored last week for their military service by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside).
The men received state resolutions during a ceremony and celebration in the senator’s Bayside office.
At one of the law firms she applied to, Geraldine Ferraro made it through five rounds of interviews before hearing a “no.” The simple and acceptable reason back then: They weren’t hiring any women that year. But as 1984 Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale said, this wife, mother, teacher and lawyer “had a lot of fire” and wasn’t about to let that stop her. Her drive led her to become the first female vice presidential nominee on a major party ticket.
Ferraro kept her mother’s surname in the public eye in her honor. Her widowed mother worked as a seamstress to make sure Geraldine went to college at a time when women were largely expected to be housewives. She became the first female in the family to receive a degree and used it to teach at PS 85 in Astoria.
She was an outspoken, longtime representative of Southeast Queens in the state Senate. She displayed an increasingly disturbing pattern of public behavior before a highly publicized run-in with the law. And she lost her Senate seat in a primary even with the Democratic Party endorsement and a large fundraising advantage.
Her name was Ada Smith.
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.
Those concerned over the possibility of massive flood insurance rate hikes can breathe a sigh of relief. At least for now.
Congress unveiled a deal struck last week to postpone the rate hikes that started taking effect last month because of the Biggert-Waters Act, a 2012 law that sought to put the cash-strapped National Flood Insurance Program, administrated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, on more solid financial footing.