Cooke to host ‘meet the candidate brunch’ Sunday

Posted by Nathan Duke in Events on August 26, 2009 | No Comments

City Council hopeful Tom Cooke is hosting a free “Meet the Candidate Brunch” Sunday at Whitestone’s Clearview Jewish Center. Cooke, a Democrat, is one of six contenders for Councilman Tony Avella’s (D-Bayside) seat this fall. His opponents include Democrats Jerry Iannece, Kevin Kim, Paul Vallone, Debra Markell and Steve Behar as well as Republican Dan [...]

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Willets lobbying probe a ‘cheap shot’ at Shulman: Bloomberg

Posted by Anna Gustafson and Nathan Duke in Mayor on August 25, 2009 | No Comments

Mayor Michael Bloomberg dismissed Monday accusations the city used public funds to form a group headed by former Queens Borough President Claire Shulman to lobby on its behalf during the administration’s battle to push through the massive Willets Point redevelopment project. “It’s a cheap shot at Claire Shulman, who has dedicated her life to this [...]

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Thompson, Koslowitz hit campaign trail together

Posted by Anna Gustafson in City Council, District 29 on August 25, 2009 | 2 Comments

City Comptroller Bill Thompson, a candidate for mayor, and Council candidate Karen Koslowitz campaigned together in Forest Hills Tuesday afternoon in an attempt to meet voters in the weeks before the Sept. 15 Democratic primary. “We’ve been campaigning all over Queens,” Thompson said. “It not only gives you a chance to meet voters but for [...]

Watch the TimesLedger/CNG debates for public advocate, comptroller

Posted by Stephen Stirling in Uncategorized on August 24, 2009 | No Comments

Two weeks ago TimesLedger joined the rest of the Community Newspaper Group in hosting Democratic primary debates for the office of city comptroller and public advocate. Well, courtesy of Brooklyn Independent Television, you can now watch the debates in their entirety here. TimesLedger will also be hosting Democratic debates for six City Council districts in [...]

Marshall once again does not qualify for matching funds (Updated)

Posted by Stephen Stirling in Borough President on August 24, 2009 | No Comments

Borough President Helen Marshall once again did not qualify for public matching funds from the Campaign Finance Board, despite her campaign’s pledge to accelerate its fund-raising efforts. Marshall has raised $147,931 thus far for her campaign and more than $28,000 in the last month, but failed to eclipse the $44,588 threshold of matchable contributions required [...]

Gotbaum backs Jung in Liu seat race

Posted by Stephen Stirling in City Council, District 20 on August 24, 2009 | 4 Comments

S.J. Jung received the endorsement of Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum in his bid to succeed City Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing). Jung is locked in a five-way (perhaps six-way, depending on a pending court battle) race for the District 20 City Council seat.  Gotbaum, the first citywide public official to endorse anyone in the race, said [...]