Political Newswire

Comrie ousts Sen. Smith from seat

Posted by Juan Soto in Borough President, City Offices, District 14, State Senate on September 12, 2014 | No Comments

Leroy Comrie stands amongst supporters urging people to vote Tuesday in Jamacia

Former City Councilman Leroy Comrie, armed with widespread support from the Queens Democratic Party, overwhelming won the three-way race to unseat embattled state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis). Southeast Queens voters chose Comrie over the incumbent, who has been in office since 2000 and now faces a federal retrial in January for allegedly trying to bribe [...]

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Reynoso bill seeks to track rent data

Posted by Sarina Trangle in City Council, City Offices, District 22, District 29, Public Advocate on September 12, 2014 | No Comments


City Councilman Antonio Reynoso (D-Brooklyn) wants to save rent-regulated housing one statistic at a time. Reynoso, whose north Brooklyn district includes Ridgewood, introduced a bill requiring the city Department of Buildings to alert community boards and Council members within 10 days of receiving an application to alter or demolish rent-regulated homes in their districts. He [...]

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Food pantries nearly empty

Posted by Bill Parry in City Council, City Offices, District 21, District 27 on September 5, 2014 | No Comments


Food pantries and soup kitchens across the city are turning away the hungry because they do not have enough food on their shelves to distribute. The City Council has recognized the crisis and is launching a $1.3 million food pantry initiative and, in addition, 33 Council members rallied residents in their districts to take part [...]

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Fedkowskyj mounts attack against Markey

Posted by Sarina Trangle in Assembly, District 30 on September 5, 2014 | No Comments

Dmytro Fedkowskyj

After years of working on education policy, Dmytro Fedkowskyj hopes to school state Assemblywoman Margaret Markey (D-Maspeth) in her first competitive primary. The Middle Village attorney said that while canvassing the western Queens district he met many who are unfamiliar with the 16-year incumbent or believe she has not done much for them in or [...]

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Republicans want to take state in another direction

Posted by Juan Soto in Attorney General, City Offices, Governor, Mayor, Statewide Offices on August 29, 2014 | No Comments


Before some of the Republican candidates for statewide and local office reached the Queens Village Republican Club Tuesday, the audience was warming up for the rally. “Hey, hey, ho, ho — Andrew Cuomo’s got to go,” they chanted, as well as, “2-4-6-8. We are gonna save the Empire State.” The crowd was enthusiastic. “This is [...]

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Dems recruit Liu to depose incumbent

Posted by Alex Robinson in City Comptroller, City Offices, District 11, State Senate on August 29, 2014 | No Comments


Despite a deal between the mainline Democrats and the Independent Democratic Conference to reunite, former city Comptroller John Liu said his primary opponent, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is not to be trusted. In February, the incumbent joined the IDC, which controls the Senate with Republicans, angering Queens Democrats and sparking Liu’s challenge. “You can [...]

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