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Sears says decades of public service make her top choice for re-election

Posted by Jeremy Walsh in City Council, District 25 on July 30, 2009 | 5 Comments

In her bid to stay in office for a third term, City Councilwoman Helen Sears (D-Jackson Heights) can draw upon lessons from several decades of public and private service in her neighborhood. “I’ll quote Ronald Reagan and say I won’t hold my opponents’ inexperience against them,” she said in a recent interview with TimesLedger Newspapers. [...]

Schulman, Gennaro pick up support from 1199 SEIU

Posted by Anna Gustafson in City Council, District 24, District 29 on July 29, 2009 | 1 Comment

The union representing more than 250,000 health care workers in the city has thrown its support behind Democratic Council candidate Lynn Schulman and Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows). Schulman is one of six candidates vying for Councilwoman Melinda Katz’s (D-Forest Hills) seat representing Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens and parts of Richmond Hill, Maspeth [...]

City’s largest union backs Sanders, Comrie, stays neutral on White

Posted by Ivan Pereira in City Council, District 27, District 28, District 31 on July 29, 2009 | No Comments

The union representing more than 300,000 health care workers and retirees, 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, unveiled its list for endorsements in this year’s City Hall elections. In Southeast Queens, the union endorsed Councilmen James Sanders (D-Laurelton) and Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), who are running for a third term. Comrie’s Council District, 27, includes [...]

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Mudslinging takes over District 20 forum

Posted by Stephen Stirling in City Council, District 20 on July 29, 2009 | 2 Comments

It was billed as a debate, but it turned into an airing of dirty laundry. The six Democratic candidates running for the seat of City Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing) participated in a candidates’ forum in Flushing Monday night, but what started as a cordial discourse on issues affecting District 20 quickly devolved into a fracas [...]

Bloomberg’s poll numbers slip, Thompson and Avella gain slight ground

Posted by Anna Gustafson in Mayor on July 29, 2009 | No Comments

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s lead over City Comptroller William Thompson and Councilman Tony Avella in the bid for the city’s highest office has slimmed, a new Quinnipiac University poll shows. Thompson, a Democrat, still trails Bloomberg 37 percent to 47 percent among city voters, though this 10-point gap is less than half of Bloomberg’s 54 percent [...]

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White challengers rip petition objections as dirty politics

Posted by Ivan Pereira in City Council, District 28 on July 29, 2009 | No Comments

All Lynn Nunes and Mireille Leroy wanted to do was to get their shot to represent their community in the City Council and now both Democratic candidates said their campaign signatures are being challenged for no reason. The candidates, who are vying for the 28th City Council District seat, currently held by Councilman Thomas White [...]