Glendale is a neighborhood with a small-town feel.
Its new streetlights will only add to that reputation.
Boy Scouts Pack 390 of Woodside marched along with veterans, elected officials and community leaders during the fifth annual Middle Village Veterans Day Parade, which took place on Metropolitan Avenue on Sunday.
The Scouts were joined by members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 551, former state Sen. Serphin Maltese, state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz.
Albert Baldeo, the Ozone Park political activist, former Democratic district leader and candidate for several elective offices, was found not guilty Monday of three counts of campaign-related fraud, but convicted of seven counts of obstructing justice. Baldeo, 54, said he is appealing the convictions.
Baldeo, who was then the Democratic district leader in the 38th Assembly District, was charged in October 2012 for allegations that he used straw donors to fund his campaign for a special election to the City Council in 2010. He previously had run for the Council in 2005 and the state Senate in 2006.
Despite circulating petitions earlier this month with his name as a candidate for state Senate, ex-Councilman Tom Ognibene will not run, GOP sources say.
Ognibene, of Middle Village, was listed on Republican petitions as a candidate for the seat now occupied by state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach).
Ex-City Councilman Tom Ognibene, a Republican, is circulating petitions to run for the state Senate against incumbent Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), a source tells the Queens Chronicle.
Ognibene, a Middle Village attorney, served as a city councilman representing Middle Village, Maspeth, Ridgewood and Glendale from 1992 through 2001. He attempted to take back his Council seat in 2009, but lost to Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village). He later ran for lieutenant governor as the running mate of Carl Paladino, but in a fluke lost the GOP primary to Greg Edwards, county executive of Chautauqua County in Western New York, the preferred running mate of unsuccessful GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio.
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.
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.
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.
In tomorrow's Republican primary for the state committee positions in the 26th Assembly District, which includes Auburndale, Bayside, Douglaston, Little Neck and Whitestone, Queens Republican Chairman Phil Ragusa and former Board of Elections Commissioner Judith Stupp are facing off against Sal Bacarella and Ann Marie Devlin, in a race that could end the years-long civil war in the county party.
Former state Sen. and Korean War veteran Serphin Maltese was the keynote speaker at the event. He told tales of the cold winters and blistering summers spent during his service in the Marine Corps.
The Greater Ridgewood Historical Society and the Allied Veterans Committee hosted an event commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War cease-fire on July 27.
“They call this the “Forgotten War” because it was right after World War II and right before Vietnam,” keynote speaker and former state Sen. Serphin Maltese said. “But I think it’s time we remember the men who served bravely because many of us were not prepared for battle but we stood up for our country and fought hard.”
The Greater Ridgewood Historical Society and the Allied Veterans Memorial Committee of Ridgewood and Glendale are hosting a Korean War Cease-Fire commemoration on Saturday at 10 a.m.
The event, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the cease-fire agreement that ended fighting during the Korean War, will be held at the Vande Ende Onderdonk House at 18-20 Flushing Ave. in Ridgewood.
Co-Grand Marshal Serphin Maltese, left, the former state senator, waves to the crowd. Former councilwoman and borough president candidate Melinda Katz was the other grand marshal.
The federal corruption case against Ozone Park lawyer and Democratic District Leader Al Baldeo is scheduled to go to trial in September.
A pretrial conference was held on May 23, motions are due by June 24 and the trial is set for Sept. 16 in Manhattan federal court.
Residents can honor the men and women who have served our country, especially the fallen, by attending the Forest Hills Memorial Day Parade.
The event, organized by the American Legion Continental Post 1424, will commence on Sunday, May 26 at noon.
Joel Miele Sr., who served as chairman of Community Board 10 for 11 years and later was commissioner of the Department of Buildings and the Department of Environmental Protection under Mayor Giuliani, passed away Monday at the age of 78.
Miele, a resident of Old Howard Beach, was also a well-known engineer in private practice with a firm on Furmanville Avenue in Middle Village. His partner in that firm was Benjamin Leonardi, who served as chairman of Community Board 9 in the 1990s.
Frank Messano, chairman of the board of Italian Charities of America and a prominent figure in the Queens Republican Party and the Maspeth community, passed away Monday after a sudden illness at age 64.
“He was a presence at Republican conventions and had a great depth of knowledge of local and national politics,” former state Sen. Serphin Maltese said. “He was also my good friend.”
In honor of its 50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee, Christ the King Regional High School celebrated with a gala dinner dance, a production of CK Musical Theatre’s “Beauty & the Beast” and a Sunday mass followed by a luncheon.
Students kicked off the celebrations with a large cake. above right.
You can judge a person’s character by the company they keep “Defending the chairman”(Serphin R. Maltese, Frank Padavan and Michael J. Abel, Letters, April 18) concerning current Queens County Republican Chairman Phil Ragusa.
The indictments of both GOP Councilmember Dan Halloran and Queens County Republican Party Vice Chairperson Vincent Tabone are just the latest chapter in the spiraling decline over the past three decades of the once-relevant Queens County GOP.
One way of judging the health of any political party is looking at the number of candidates who qualify for ballot status on their line.
Up until the 1980s, the GOP routinely qualified candidates for all Congressional, state Senate, Assembly and City Council seats.
After the 1982 reapportionment, Democrats eliminated the districts of Queens GOP Assembly members Rosemary Gunning, John LoPresto, John Flack, Al DelliBovi and John Esposito. Sen.Padavan voted for this plan as it protected both his and the late Sen. Martin Knorr’sown gerrymandered districts.
In 2012, there wereno GOP candidates on the ballot for one of six Congressional, three of seven state Senate and 13 out of 18 state Assembly races in the general election. Watch how many Democratic City Council members will geta free pass with no GOP opponent this year.
After being elected in 1972, Padavan listed Republican-Conservative affiliations on his headquarters’ storefront. In the 1990s the Padavan and Assemblyman Doug Prescott team proudly campaigned as your local Republican/Conservative team. But Republican and Tea Party activists in 2010 were disappointed by Padavan’s campaign headquarters. There was no literature, bumper stickers, posters or lawn signs for his fellow GOP running mates.
A party’s ticket is only strong when all the candidates, from top to bottom, work as a team. Republicans are in trouble when they are afraid to identify party affiliations and campaign on their own. Other Republicans were confused with Padavan’s standard campaign theme, “Nobody Cares Like Frank,” when he obviously didn’t care about them. Both Padavan andMaltese failed for decades to build a Republican brand name when they ran from it. No wonder Maltese lost in 2008 and Padavan lost in 2010.
Queens Republicans are on the way to political extinction like the dinosaurs of old! How disappointing that voters will have to look elsewhere for any alternatives to the Queens County Democratic Party machine monopoly.
The failure to build a viable Queens GOP is the inheritance the lastunderdog Republican City Council member,Eric Ulrich,has to live with.
As former elected officials from Queens County, we have had the opportunity to work very closely with Republican Party Chairman Phil Ragusa. We have known Phil for over 30 years and in our experience, he is one of the most honest, diligent, decent and forthright people we have had the pleasure to be associated with in our many years in public service.
Phil has led this Queens County organization for the last seven years and has been an exceptional leader. We admire how he has shown great vision in growing the Queens Republican Party, recruiting a new group of active and dedicated members to lead our party into the future, and attracting talented and qualified candidates to run for office.
It is always shocking when someone in the political arena betrays the public trust and is accused of corrupt activities. It is even more disturbing when those accused are individuals we’ve known for years. What is even more unfortunate and disappointing is when political opportunists use such circumstances to advance their own narrow agendas and personal aspirations for power.
The recent scandal involving two Queens Republicans is allegedly of their own making and now, they must face the consequences. No one should be so cynical as to make baseless charges as to the integrity and forthrightness of Phil Ragusa, or to attempt to use this scandal to tarnish his good name and reputation. No one should be accused of guilt by association.
We realize that there are some who have been trying to replace Chairman Ragusa almost from the minute he was elected chairman. We are appalled at their crass attempt to twist these unfortunate events into a tool to use to undermine Chairman Ragusa’s authority and to serve their own purposes and longstanding agenda.
If these people had more experience, maturity and a basic sense of decency they might instead use this as an opportunity to bring people together and to rally the Queens Republican Party behind their leader and their fellow Republican candidates instead of heading down a path that can only result in damaging the party and further eroding the public’s trust in their Republican elected officials, party leaders and candidates.
We continue to give our full and unqualified support to Phil Ragusa as chairman of the Queens Republican Party and stand ready to defend him against these transparent attacks from longstanding and predictable foes.
Chief Jonah Cohen and former assemblywoman, now Queens County Clerk, Audrey Pheffer and former state Sen. Serphin Maltese, both honored for supporting the department during their time in Albany.
The West Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department will celebrate its 85th anniversary with a benefit dinner on Thursday, Jan. 31 at Russo’s On The Bay, 162-45 Cross Bay Blvd. in Howard Beach.
The department, which was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, will salute its Honorary fire commissioners, D. Majorie Centrone, Anthony Gurino and Frank Russo Jr.
For months it had been characterized as the closest, most expensive state legislative race in the country. The two-term Democratic state senator faced a challenge from a popular Republican city councilman in a newly redrawn district that is far more perilous for a Democrat. These two men shared the same political base and both served the same community in City Hall and in many cases, had the same supporters.
But in the end, the incumbent came out on top — and it was not even close.
For months it had been characterized as the closest, most expensive, state legislative race in the country. The two-term Democratic state senator facing a challenge from a popular Republican city councilman in a newly redrawn district that is far more perilous for a Democrat. These two men shared the same political base and both served the same community in City Hall and in many cases, had the same supporters.
Al Baldeo, the Democratic district leader in the 38th Assembly District and former candidate for City Council and state Senate, surrendered to the FBI on Wednesday on charges that he spearheaded a scheme to use straw donors to funnel multiple illegal campaign contributions to his City Council campaign.
In 2010, Baldeo, a Richmond Hill lawyer, ran in the special election to fill the 28th Council District seat left vacant by the death of former Councilman Tom White Jr. He lost the race to Councilman Ruben Wills (D-South Jamaica).