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Addabbo honors area veterans with Howard Beach barbecue

Posted by Kelsey Durham in District 15, State Senate on August 22, 2014 | No Comments

Guests gather for a veterans cookout hosted by State Sen. Joseph Addabbo.

Dozens of veterans gathered in Howard Beach Saturday for a cookout hosted by state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) thrown in honor of their service to their country. Addabbo said his annual veteran’s barbecue, which he said he has held every year since being elected to the Senate, is his office’s way of showing its [...]

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Avella unveils economic improvement plan

Posted by Kelsey Durham in District 11, State Senate on August 22, 2014 | No Comments


State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced an economic plan this week aimed at bettering the lives of Queens residents through initiatives such as helping small businesses and improving transportation infrastructure. Joined by several small business owners and members of local civic groups, Avella unveiled his six-point “Made in Queens” plan Tuesday outside Cascarino’s Pizzeria in [...]

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Weiner eyes non-profit in Rockaways

Posted by Sarina Trangle in Congress, U.S. House on August 15, 2014 | No Comments


Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner is cooking up a comeback in the Rockaways. The congressman, who resigned in June 2011 after admitting he sent explicit images to women online, was listed as a player in the Rockaway Restoration Kitchen Inc. initiative when it solicited job applicants online last week. The posting on idealist.org, described a [...]

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Gillibrand pushes parity

Posted by Alex Robinson in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, Congress, District 16, District 23, District 25, District 6, State Senate, U.S. House, U.S. Senate on August 15, 2014 | No Comments


U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) came to Fresh Meadows Monday afternoon to push Congress to level the playing field for women-owned businesses seeking government contracts. While there are roughly 670,000 businesses owned by women citywide, only 1.48 percent of federal contract dollars goes to those firms, according to a recent study by Women Impacting Public [...]

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New reading garden planned in Bellerose

Posted by Kelsey Durham in District 11, State Senate on August 8, 2014 | No Comments


After being closed off for more than 10 years, a green area behind PS 133 in Bellerose will once again be opened to the public as a community reading garden. Members of the community joined state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) at the school, at 248-05 86th Ave., to announce a $250,000 funding allocation that will [...]

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Semple booted from race for Smith’s seat

Posted by Juan Soto in Assembly, City Council, City Offices, District 14, District 27, District 27, State Senate on August 8, 2014 | No Comments


Cyber security expert Bernadette Semple was thrown off the ballot in the September Democratic primary to unseat indicted state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis). “I am very disappointed,” she said. “People in the district I grew up in deserve to have choices, and in this case they don’t have them.” Semple will decide whether to fight [...]

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