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.
Hundreds turned out Sunday for the seventh annual Tour de Queens biking event that began at Flushing Meadows Park.
The family-friendly event took riders through 20 miles of Queens including Bay Terrace, Flushing, East Flushing, Murray Hill, Auburndale, Beechhurst, Whitestone and Bayside.
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.
It may be deja vu all over again for the U.S. Postal Service’s Whitestone Processing and Distribution Center, which now is scheduled to move most of its operations to Brooklyn by fall 2015.
There’s still a chance Congress could delay consolidation for another two years, but the Whitestone facility has been on the chopping block for more than two years and this time it could become a reality.
Ryan and Christine Whitestone of Woodhaven, inset, are the winners of the Queens Chronicle and Fantasy Forest Amusement Park’s Summer Party Contest. They recently spent an incredible day on the rides and had lots of fun with their friends. All the kids enjoyed pizza and refreshments in a private seating area Fantasy Forest provides for parties.
“They could not have had a better time,” said their mother, Margaret Whitestone. “The rides were terrific, the staff was great and fun was had by all.”
The annual Tour de Queens bicycle tour will be held on Sunday, beginning at Flushing Meadows Park.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the plaza between the Unisphere and the Queens Museum and closes at 9 a.m. The tour departs at 9:30 a.m. and returns to the park around 12:30 p.m.
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.
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.
The Quilter’s Showcase, NYC Parks “Arts, Culture & Fun” series, world-renowned, award-winning quilters display their cultural & creative works in an interactive showcase, Roy Wilkins Recreational Center’s Garden, 177-01 Baisley Blvd., Jamaica, Thurs., June 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info: (718) 276-8686 or RSVP: email@example.com.
A federal judge on Tuesday granted state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) and former Queens County Republican Party official Vincent Tabone a mistrial on federal corruption and fraud charges.
Judge Kenneth Karas granted the defense motion after learning that a juror on the case would be unable to continue to serve if the trial were delayed a few weeks to allow lawyers for Smith and Tabone to receive and review transcripts of conversations that cooperating government witness Moses Stern had with his rabbi. The conversations, many of which transpired in Yiddish, were picked up by FBI listening devices.
Avonte’s Law, a bill proposed by Councilman Robert Cornegy Jr. (D-Brooklyn), was brought before the Education Committee on Thursday and almost every speaker and councilmember seemed on board, except the Department of Education.
“We have some concerns,” DOE deputy chancellor Kathleen Grimm said.
Two Republicans will fight it out at the polls in Tuesday’s primary in hopes of replacing veteran Congressman Steve Israel of the 3rd District.
Stephen Labate, 46, a financial planner from Deer Park, LI, who lost to Israel two years ago with 41.6 percent of the vote, will face Grant Lally, 52, a lawyer from Lloyd Harbor, LI.
This is the last in a series of 10 stories commemorating the 1964-65 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows. This time we let our readers tell their remembrances.
“I must have gone every week. We lived so close. My favorite was and still is ‘It’s a Small World.’ I used to sing the song all the time to tease my niece and nephew because I can’t carry a tune.” — Jeanette Foletar, Middle Village.
Poet Walt Whitman may have summed it up best: “I have reason to bless the breeze that wafted me to Whitestone.”
Whitman taught school in the community in the winter of 1840 through the next spring, focusing on local history and journalism. And although he decried the “money-making spirit” in Whitestone, he loved the water views: “We are close on the sound. It is a beautiful thing to see the vessels, sometimes a hundred or more, all in sight at once, and moving so gracefully on the water.”
A federal judge has declared a mistrial in the corruption trial of State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) and co-defendant Vincent Tabone, a former official with the Queens County Republican Party.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Whitestone Post 4787 and Vietnam Veterans of America Queens Chapter 32 remembered those who served in World War II during a D-Day ceremony Friday at the Whitestone Veterans Memorial Field.
Veterans gathered at the site, top, with Councilman Paul Vallone, second from left, and state Sen. Tony Avella, right, to pay tribute to those who fought during the crucial battle 70 years ago and their comrades at arms in the war.
“Maldita Pared,” a photographic exhibition by Jacqueline Herranz-Brooks, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave., Miller Gallery, on display thru July 26.
“Maldita Pared,” a photographic exhibition by Jacqueline Herranz-Brooks, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave., Miller Gallery, on display June 6-July 26.
Former Councilman Dan Halloran and state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) received legal setbacks in federal court this week as the government and defense completed jury selection in their federal corruption trial.
Judge Kenneth Karas denied Halloran’s motion to use an insanity defense tied to surgery the Whitestone Republican had in 2012 to remove a brain tumor.
The way Republican congressional hopefuls Stephen Labate and Grant Lally were going at each other recently, it’s hard to believe they share a party and many of the same objectives — but among them is winning the June 24 primary election and the right to take on Democratic incumbent Steve Israel (D-Suffolk, Nassau, Queens) in the 3rd District race.
On more than one occasion, they couldn’t resist the temptation to cut each other off in mid-sentence during what was billed as a Congressional Primary Candidate Forum, sponsored by the Northeast Queens Republican Club at the Clearview Golf Course Clubhouse in Whitestone on May 21.