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Liu pulls in $508K for coffers

Posted by Alex Robinson in Congress, District 11, District 12, District 14, District 5, District 6, State Senate, U.S. House on July 18, 2014 | No Comments

State Sen. Tony Avella and former Comptroller John Liu

Former city Comptroller John Liu has flexed his fund-raising chops in his young campaign to oust state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), amassing more than $508,000 in his first campaign finance filing. The Queens Democratic machine drafted Liu to challenge Avella, after the two-term incumbent left the mainstream party for the Independent Democratic Conference, a breakaway [...]

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Cooperating witness takes stand in Dan Halloran’s corruption trial

Posted by Sarina Trangle in City Council, City Offices, District 14, State Senate on July 18, 2014 | No Comments

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Former City Councilman Dan Halloran’s attorney questioned an upstate developer cooperating with the government about whether his first meeting with the Bayside Republican breached FBI protocol and whether he celebrated the legislator’s arrest with a trip to Florida. Halloran is on trial in White Plains federal court for allegedly acting as a power broker in [...]

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Avella scores union nod in re-election bid

Posted by Alex Robinson in City Offices, District 11, Mayor, State Senate on July 11, 2014 | No Comments

State Sen. Tony Avella and former Comptroller John Liu

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) won a big ally in his re-election campaign Tuesday when Mayor Bill de Blasio endorsed the two-term incumbent. De Blasio made the endorsement in the wake of an agreement between the Independent Democratic Conference, which Avella is a part of, and mainline Democrats to form a new governing coalition in [...]

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Comrie stockpiles support and money to unseat Smith

Posted by Juan Soto in Assembly, Borough President, City Council, City Offices, Congress, District 14, District 14, District 27, District 30, District 34, State Senate, U.S. House on July 11, 2014 | No Comments

Councilman Leroy Comrie speaks at Assemblywoman Nily Rozic’s inauguration.

Leroy Comrie’s campaign for embattled state Sen. Malcolm Smith seat is gaining momentum. He is accumulating support, endorsements and money. Last week, some Queens power brokers held a cocktail reception for the ex-councilman at a Long Island City restaurant. Some of the attendees included Borough President Melinda Katz, Queens Democratic Party Chairman U.S. Rep. Joe [...]

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City dollars flow to NE Qns

Posted by Kelsey Durham in City Council, City Offices, District 11, District 19, Mayor, State Senate on July 3, 2014 | No Comments

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Just a few months ?after the City Council passed a historic reform package that included changes to the discretionary funding process, Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) touted a 2015 fiscal year budget that included nearly three times more funding for his Council district than the area had seen in the past few years. The $75 billion [...]

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Ognibene named on petitions as potential rival of Addabbo

Posted by Sarina Trangle in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, District 15, District 32, District 37, State Senate on July 3, 2014 | No Comments

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Former City Councilman Tom Ognibene’s name has been circulating on petitions as a Republican contender for state Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr.’s (D-Howard Beach) seat. The western Queens GOP leader has not yet filed a campaign committee with the state Board of Elections specific to the pursuit of the 15th Senate District, which encompasses most of [...]

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