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Councilwoman Vickie Paladino (R-Whitestone) was barred from entering City Council chambers on Jan. 5 after refusing to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination. It is Council policy that all those entering the chamber floor be vaccinated against Covid.

Paladino’s vaccination status has been called into question for some time now; the New York Post previously reported that sources “close to” the councilwoman said that she is not vaccinated. Last week’s events have brought the issue to a head.

Communities throughout Queens that have a heavy Asian-American and Pacific Islander population, including Downtown Flushing, above, showed str…

It’s official: A Republican has flipped the City Council District 19 seat after eight years of Democratic control.

Democratic nominee Tony Avella conceded Nov. 17, two weeks after Election Day.

“My wife and I want to thank all of my supporters and volunteers who worked tirelessly on our campaign,” he wrote in a statement. “Although we lost, I am proud of the positive and issued based campaign we waged. A mere 387 votes was the difference in the outcome despite my opponent conducting negative ads and a Trump-like disinformation campaign. In the near future, I will review the election results and what this means for our community.”


Two days after the 2021 general election, Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) pointed out that communities heavily populated by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders voted in favor of Republican candidates.

“Our party better start giving more of a s**t about #aapi voters and communities. No other community turned out at a faster pace than AAPIs in 2020,” Meng wrote in a Nov. 4 tweet.

Republican Vickie Paladino, center, announced via social media that she was the winner of the District 19 City Council race just past midnight…

Republican Vickie Paladino celebrated her apparent victory with her volunteers Nov. 2 after Election Night results showed her poised to defeat…

Not long after the clock struck midnight on Election Night, Republican Vickie Paladino announced she was victorious in her bid to be the next District 19 City Councilmember.

“This is a train we’re on and we’re not going to stop,” Paladino told the Chronicle after claiming victory.