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Cats fined $11K for anti-Ulrich mailings

Posted by Sarina Trangle in City Council, City Offices, District 32, Mayor on April 18, 2014 | No Comments


The city Campaign Finance Board fined mayoral hopeful John Catsimatidis $11,473 for failing to identify himself as the financier of mailings criticizing City Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and submitting false documents to the board during the 2013 election season. A feud between Ulrich and Catsimatidis over the Queens GOP leadership spilled into the 2013 [...]

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Avella pens duelling bill detailing library reform

Posted by Rich Bockmann in Borough President, City Council, City Offices, District 11, District 12, State Senate on April 18, 2014 | No Comments

Tom Galante

Several weeks after six out of seven of the borough’s state senators penned their names to a Queens Library reform bill, Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) introduced his own proposal that one-ups his mainline Democratic colleagues. Avella, who alienated himself from the Democratic Party in February when he joined the Independent Democratic Conference, introduced legislation Monday [...]

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Anything goes at Astoria town hall meeting

Posted by Bill Parry in Assembly, District 13, District 36, State Senate on April 11, 2014 | No Comments


For the ninth straight year, the Museum of the Moving Image opened its doors for a town hall meeting last Thursday. The stage in the Sumner Redstone Theater was packed with representatives from more than 30 city agencies as well as political leaders and the commander of the 114th Precinct. State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) [...]

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Avella announces transit study

Posted by Kelsey Durham in Assembly, District 11, District 25, State Senate on April 11, 2014 | No Comments


Lawmakers and civic leaders gathered in Bayside last week to announce a half-million dollar funding allocation in the recently adopted state budget that will allow the MTA to conduct a bus restoration study in northeast Queens. In a study set to take place over the course of a year, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will look [...]

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Asian immigrant wins U-Visa as crime victim

Posted by Bill Parry in City Council, City Offices, District 25, Mayor on April 4, 2014 | No Comments


Li Ping traveled to Jackson Heights from her home in Flushing to be the face of City Councilman Daniel Dromm’s (D-Jackson Heights) new campaign to raise awareness about the merits of U-Visas for immigrant victims of violent crime. After the 66-year-old emigre from China was brutally attacked in 1997 and had her throat slashed, she [...]

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Weprin bill asks schools to teach anti-bully class

Posted by Kelsey Durham in City Council, City Offices, District 19, District 22, District 28, District 31 on April 4, 2014 | No Comments

Mark Weprin

City Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) has introduced new legislation he hopes will tackle an increase in bullying among schoolchildren that he believes has become a dangerous epidemic. Weprin introduced a bill last week calling for all city public schools to institute required anti-bullying education for students as young as the grade school level, with [...]

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