Displaying results 1 - 25 of 834 for united states senate. Subscribe to this search
The comprehensive immigration reform bill that U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is co-sponsoring would put millions of immigrants on the path to citizenship and would specifically benefit the Asians here, he said.
“We have a great Asian community and I am a great fan of immigration because it adds to the greatness of New York and the greatness of our country,” Schumer said during a phone press conference Friday.
Former state Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica), who agreed to wear a wire for the FBI in 2012 as state and federal prosecutors closed in on her, is scheduled to be sentenced today on a wire-fraud charge in federal court in Brooklyn.
The disgraced former senator provided “evidence useful to law enforcement” during conversations she had with three elected officials while wearing an FBI wire in July and August of 2012, all after she was cornered by the bureau and federal prosecutors for her role in siphoning money from “a bogus nonprofit.”
Powerful state Sen. John Sampson (D-Brooklyn) surrendered to the FBI on Monday morning ahead of the unsealing of a nine-count federal indictment charging him with embezzlement, obstruction of justice and making false statements to FBI agents.
Sampson, an attorney, allegedly took the money to finance a run for Brooklyn District Attorney.
Former state Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) wore a wire and gave at least partial cooperation to federal prosecutors after FBI agents confronted her with the results of court-approved wiretaps of her cell phone in 2012.
Huntley, 74, is expected to be sentenced on May 9 in federal court for her guilty plea in February to wire fraud. The charge was connected with her admission to embezzling nearly $88,000 from a bogus nonprofit organization.
The only way to defeat the stranglehold gun manufacturers and the NRA have on legislatures is for all media outlets to publicize the names of every senator and assemblyman on both federal and state levels. Voters should see what they get for their votes. Those against background checks, licensing all guns and limiting the number of rounds in any gun may wake up to the fact that random violence may take the life of a loved one or their own.
Each of us has a breaking point. We say a murderer has just “snapped,” because those who knew the killer only saw the gentle side of him.
Among the most vulnerable are our police and guardians of prisons, schools and mental hospitals. As both a volunteer and intern at psychiatric hospitals, I had been assaulted twice. Even though these instances were quite rare, outside these institutions as well as within them, assault weapons especially are the most horrendous.
Any gun, knife or instrument can cause serious injury or death, we know. However, I am most concerned about the lives of youngsters who are wasted by guns of all kinds. Every day a little child is killed by “mistake” — some by a self-inflicted wound. Thoughtful parents make sure an
y potential weapon is secured, safely out of reach of any child at home or visiting elsewhere.
We are thankful for our senators, members of the state and federal assemblies, city councils, mayors, governors and police chiefs, united for safer cities, towns and hamlets, schools, hospitals and all public areas.
Let us not tempt fate! Dump the naysayers in government who decry any type of gun reform. Our prayers are not enough! Pick up a pen, go to your email, smartphone, telephone; attend your local civic association meetings; write to your newspapers. We are a much bigger lobby than the NRA. Speak up for your right to life.
State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis), City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) and four others were formally indicted last Thursday in the alleged bribery and extortion scheme for which they were arrested April 2.
They all pleaded not guilty in federal court in upstate White Plains on Tuesday.
State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis), City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) and four others were formally indicted Thursday in the alleged bribery and extortion scheme for which they were arrested April 2.
Mona Mahraoui does not know what Morocco looks like.
Though she was born there, the 17-year-old John Adams High School student from Far Rockaway has lived in the United States since she was 2 years old. Her parents brought her and her brother here from Casablanca, Morocco, for a better life, Mona said.
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn) thought issues like unemployment and foreclosures would dominate his first 100 days in office, if he was to win the 8th Congressional seat.
Then Hurricane Sandy happened, and then a gunman killed 26 people —including 20 children — at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut a month later.
For all the talk about North Korea’s possible ability to deliver a nuclear warhead on a ballistic missile, there appears to be only a slight fear of war breaking out in the region — at least among members of the Korean community in Queens.
And for all his bluster, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, who took over that country’s reins upon the death of his father late in 2011, doesn’t even seem to be rattling many nerves. In fact, the extent of his power is being questioned by many.
A new proposal would add a second Queens stop to the popular East River Ferry route.
On Monday, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) called on the Federal Highway Administration and the New York State Department of Transportation to add five more stops on the East River Ferry, including one in Hallets Point, Astoria, where developers have proposed two 2,000-unit complexes to open in 2015.
We hear a lot about the “shrinking middle class” in America. The Pew Research Center set out to measure the erosion. It found that, since 2000, “the middle class has shrunk in size” and “fallen backward in income and wealth.”
Three million dollars will be secured in the state budget for a freight locomotive engine upgrade to combat pollution, area lawmakers say.
“This is the first win in what will be an ongoing fight to protect the health of countless families in Queens, Brooklyn, and Long Island,” Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) said.
The last time he hosted a legislative breakfast for community leaders and the clergy, Congressman Gregory Meeks (Queens, Nassau) represented the 6th District, the Rockaways had electricity and infrastructure, and the term “sequester” was not on the evening news on a nightly basis.
“I wanted to have this a lot sooner, but a lot of things have happened since the last time,” Meeks told a crowd of about 200 community leaders at the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center in St. Albans.
Re “Gov’t must be there for us,” Editorial, Feb. 14:
The federal government’s prime function is to protect and defend the United States and its citizens against all enemies foreign and domestic, to protect and defend our borders and to uphold the Constitution. President Obama placed his hand on the Bible and swore to do just that.
Since then, millions of illegal aliens have crossed the Mexican border; our mission to Benghazi was attacked and four Americans murdered with no justice sought; Nidal Hasan murdered 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, while shouting “Allahu akbar!” and has yet to be brought to justice; and Obama granted amnesty to 1.5 million illegal aliens, against U.S. law, by bypassing Congress.
The federal government no longer does its job. If the president’s oath of allegiance has become meaningless, why not just do away with it?
It was the government going into the housing business via Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that caused the collapse of the American economy. Sen. Schumer and Gov. Cuomo were major players in that disaster. Now the government is going into the health business.
It took as long as it did to help Sandy victims because our senators once again loaded the measure with pork projects such as a new roof for a museum in Washington, DC and money for Alaskan fisheries. There is no reason to be thankful for FEMA’s help. New Yorkers get back less than we send to the federal government in taxes. Egypt gets more.
The Chronicle’s editor mentioned the people of Suffolk County, who suffered during the last snowstorm in part because their taxes are primarily for schooling and not snow plowing, compared to the city, where higher taxes and a new plow-tracking website helped our snowplow corps to perform admirably, when in 2010 it hadn’t. I would suggest that snow plowers performed admirably this year because two years ago Mayor Bloomberg and his staff got hell for not doing their jobs. At the height of the 2010 storm no one was minding the store. Everyone responsible was on vacation. That, “Mr. Editor,” is government spending.
Taxes are not what gets a job done well. It’s conscientious people who take their jobs seriously and get fired if they don’t. They don’t sit in rubber rooms and get paid anyway.
Anyone who has ever worked for a government bureaucracy — and I did for 12 years — knows that of every 10 people on the payroll, three carry the other seven, while half the money is wasted or stolen and does little for its intended purpose. The larger the bureaucracy, the more money is wasted or stolen.
It’s shameless for a president who produced not one budget in four years, put the nation trillions of dollars further into debt with absolutely nothing to show for it, and never cut one item from his agenda that he thought would get him to say “We will not cut our way to prosperity.” Anybody remember the shovel-ready jobs of his 2008 campaign, which he himself later said never existed? Where did the “stimulus” money go? Anybody know? Anybody care?
Obama’s “right-wing opponents” never objected to paying taxes or footing the bill for Obama’s monarchically splendid vacations. Like many who work hard to earn their money, what they object to is seeing it thrown down the toilet, and anyone who’s ever worked for government knows that’s where most of it goes.
The new City Council district lines that will be in place until at least 2022 are all but official.
By a 14-1 margin, the NYC Districting Commission approved the new City Council maps Feb. 6, leaving the assured passage of the lines by the Council itself as the last step before their finalization.
State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) defended his decision to join the Independent Democratic Caucus at a packed town hall meeting in Cambria Heights on Jan. 30 at the Alpha Phi Alpha Senior Center.
But activist, minister the Rev. Charles Norris was not satisfied with the explanation being offered, and the exchange between the two became heated. Smith accused Norris of seeking media attention. Norris called Smith a bad senator before the lawmaker cut him off and abruptly ended the meeting.
Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) has introduced a bill in Albany that would take control of the city’s schools out of the hands of Mayor Bloomberg and place it in a new Board of Education.
The bill’s main focus would be to change the structure of the Panel for Educational Policy, which would become the new Board of Education. Currently, the panel is made up of eight members appointed by the mayor and one from each borough, appointed by the respective borough presidents. That effectively gives the mayor an outright majority.
It was supposed to be an evening for the community to hear the positions of candidates in the 31st District City Council race, but a lot of the forum, held Tuesday night in Laurelton, was spent grilling one contender for his decision to sue several of his opponents, challenging the validity of their signatures and attempting to get them thrown off the ballot.
Rosedale attorney Jacques Leandre filed, and later dropped, lawsuits against his opponents Mike Duncan, Donovan Richards, Earnest Flowers, Allan Jennings and Selvena Brooks. He pursued the action against Marie Adam-Ovide, but a judge decided in her favor. He did not challenge the remaining candidates, Saywalah Kesselly and Pesach Osina.
The NYC Districting Commission released its third draft of new City Council lines on Tuesday, after months of controversy in the decennial process for redrawing district lines. The new maps make some big changes both to the old lines and to earlier drafts.
Maps were due to be approved by now, but controversy over the December lines in Brooklyn and Manhattan forced Council Speaker Christine Quinn to ask the commision to go back to the drawing board for a third draft.
Former state Sen. Emanuel Gold (D-Forest Hills), who wrote more than 80 laws including the the nation’s first “Son of Sam” law to prevent criminals from profiting from their crimes through book or movie rights, died last week.
Three candidates in the special election for the 31st District City Council seat have taken a stand against what they call unfair tactics employed by one of the competitors, who has gone to court to keep them and others off the ballot.
Rosedale attorney and candidate Jacques Leandre has filed lawsuits in Queens Supreme Court challenging the validity of the signatures of six of the other eight candidates in the race — Mike Duncan, Marie Adam-Ovide, Earnest Flowers, Donovan Richards, Selvena Brooks and Allan Jennings — for the Feb. 19 special election to replace James Sanders Jr., who was elected to the state Senate. The candidates needed to submit 450 signatures by the Jan. 15 deadline to get on the ballot.
President Obama has nominated his chief of staff, Forest Hills native Jack Lew, to be the next secretary of the treasury.
Lew, 57, now faces confirmation hearings in front of the Democrat-controlled United States Senate.
This year in Southeast Queens, there were plenty of highs and lows, accomplishments and disappointments, most involving crime and politics.
In an effort to curb violence, two gun buybacks were held, resulting in 564 weapons being taken off the street. But there were still several shootings, including a triple homicide involving an AK-47 and another in which a Nassau County cop was killed.