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Crowley’s new bill encourages workers to use Citi Bike

Posted by Bill Parry in Assembly, Congress, District 14, District 16, District 39, State Senate, U.S. House on July 25, 2014 | No Comments

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U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) rode a Citi Bike onto Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights, where he announced new legislation that would allow workers to use their pre-tax commuter benefits for bike share programs. The Bike to Work Act of 2014 promotes greater usage of Citi Bike, increases revenue for the program and helps [...]

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GOP politico Haggerty returns to prison

Posted by Sarina Trangle in City Offices, Mayor on July 25, 2014 | No Comments

Bart (l.) and John Haggerty – must check focus page on 10/01/09

Queens’ GOP operative John Haggerty is back behind bars, the Manhattan DA said. Haggerty headed back to prison Monday after losing an appeal of his 2011 election embezzlement scheme in June, according to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance’s office. The DA said Haggerty was initially sentenced to 1 1/3 to four years. He has served [...]

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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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